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Estabrooks, Elisha Henry, 1844- / Letters, 1862
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Estabrooks, Elisha
[Transcribed letter from Elisha Estabrooks to his family: Morganza Bend, June 28, 1864]

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Morganza Bend
June 28, 1864.
not forgotten ones at home. I take this opertunity
to pen A few lines to let you noe that we are
quite well at present., hoping these few lines will find
all of the family the same. I mean by saying we.
That Titus and my self, we keep to gether the most
of the time and bunk to cether. I will say to you that
we have left Port Hudson. June 26, 1864. had orders to
pack every think get read to martch. the orders came at
Eleven Oclock saturday night. to -martch on the next day
at Eleven Oclock. it made us hurry to get ready in such
short notice. I did not martch with my Company
on Account of sickness. so I had my knap sack
carried on the wagon, but I buckled on my Ecrutraments
and took my gun, and after they got loaded up, I got
on top of the load and road down to the landing
where we went A board of A boat that was named
Iberville. it was quite A nice boat. but it was small
and come to get A rect of men on it, and there hant
much of A chance to lay down and rest. we only
rode 23 miles as they called it, and then she landed.
She landed Just dark, but we had to stay on the
boat all night. The best of it all was we had A chance
to get Ice, lemmonade Strong Beer Brandy, the beer
lemmonade and Brandy was only 25cts A glass and very
small glasses at that. The brandy was very good you
would get one swallow for A quarter. that is the way
every thing goes here.   if the boys could g-et A little
liquor once in A while there would not be so many

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