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Damuth, Dolphus (fl. 1839-1913) to Maria Damuth

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.14.06 Author/Creator: Damuth, Dolphus (fl. 1839-1913) Place Written: Camp Solomon, Mississippi Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 December 1862 Pagination: 4 p. ; 12.5 x 20.5 cm.

Mentions that he has not received many letters from his family but adds that most letters that come to camp are from soldiers' sweethearts and "some of the boys had rather write to the girls than to thear own folks but it is not so with me." Reports on the "great Expedition of Gen McClernand" to take Vicksburg. Troops have been passing Damuth's camp but his regiment is not joining them; instead, they are making plans to cross the Mississippi and set up winter quarters. Praises Colonel Gill for his attentiveness towards his men and tells a few stories about the things the soldiers have been doing. Damuth's attitude towards being a soldier is relaxed - "if we never see worse times than we are seeing now I shall be satisfied." Maria has questioned him about when he will return home and he explains that he has enlisted for three years but that he believes the war will be over by the end of winter, in which case he promises to take her to a dance. Adds in a more serious tone, "dont seam to me as if I should ever want to dance any more if I get back."

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