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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.14.35 Author/Creator: Damuth, Dolphus (fl. 1839-1913) Place Written: New Orleans, Louisiana Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 31 August 1863 Pagination: 4 p. ; 21 x 16.5 cm.

Writes on paper sent to him by his sister and teases, "I guess you thought if you sent this size paper you would get large letters." She has also sent him some socks, and Damuth thanks her for them but adds, "I think I would rather be the one that stays at home and knits them than to be the one that stays down here and wears them out." Some men are being discharged for illness, but on the whole, the company is well and eating fresh food. Though the men have marching orders, they have had them "so long that I dont depend much on them. We are soldiering now more as the army under McClellen did we have grand reviews and inspection almost every day." A recent review of troops was comprised of "about forty five Regts…besids a great many Batterys of Artillery." Describes his trip into the city of New Orleans. He goes to the river to see "Steamers and French & English Man of War." He also sees the Jackson Square, where there is a sculpture of Andrew Jackson astride a horse, and the U.S. Customs House ("the largest building I ever saw").

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