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Redington, Edward S. / Papers, 1862-1867
Wis Mss EQ, Folder 2 ([unpublished])

[Transcribed letter from Edward Redington to his wife, Mary: Helena, Arkansas, February 13, 1863],   pp. 35-38

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seem to them, no one to live for or to loan on in their old age:
truly Death loves a shining mark.
I received a letter from you last night and was much re-
joiced to hear you were all well and that the dear children were
all getting along so well with their studies, and were so diligent
and studious; it gives me much pleasure to contemplate the im-
provements I shall find in them when I get home. God bless their
dear little souls, I never wanted to see them so bad as I do today,
and if I could come home instead of sending a man with Lt. Mead
I would be a happy man, but I have to stay where duty calls me
with my company and shall share their fortune, come weal or woe.
Our Quartermaster is to leave for home tomorrow on a sick
leave, he has not been able to do duty since he left Milwaukee*
I had calculated to have written you a long letter to send by
him but I can not do it and will have to make ammends some other
time, as I feel very nervous and excited and cannot think what
I want to say. I have done the duty of three men in my company
and have been one day on duty as Field Officer of the Day and
spent all the day and part of the next in the saddle riding
around the pickets, then I have been Officer of the Day for
the Regiment two days running, making three days in a week extra
duty besides company business, but I stand it first rate and
never felt better. There is but one other Captain that is
what you may call well, altho all but two are on duty; our reg-
iment is by far the healthiest of any in Helena but our sick
list is on the increase. This morning there were ninety five
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