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Estabrooks, Elisha Henry, 1844- / Letters, 1862
SC 1083 ([unpublished])

Estabrooks, Elisha
[Transcribed letter from Elisha Estabrooks to his father, Robert Estabrooks: Port Hudson, Louisiana, May 8, 1864]



Port Hudson Louisiana
May 8th 1864
Dear Father I am quite
well at present and thought that
I would write A few lines home and
let you noe where I was and how
I was A getting A long. we are on land
once more. we all got so sick A staying
on the boat that we did not noe
hardly what to do. we were on the
boat most two weeks. we did not
hardly step off. we started from
St. Lewis and went down to
New orleans.   we q--Q  e  there two nights
and one day then we started back
to port Hudson. it took us two nights
and one day to get back. then there
was six out of each company det3iled
to help unload the boats,and I
was one of them. we worked till
noon without our breakfast.
then we were released, then we
had to martch to camp that was
only one mile. That was far
enough to go before we got our
breakfast or dinner. after we got
our dinner we went down to A spring
and took A good bathing. I think that
done us some good. A great many
of the boys have got lots of -


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