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Hastings, Lucy A. / Family correspondence, 1838, 1855-1874

Eau Claire Sept 16th, 1861 PDF (2.6 MB)


a fine company, we had a great time when they left, music and marching with
them to the boat and then a time of parting, I tell you it was a solemn time
there was about eighty soldiers perhaps but few if any will ever return.
 God only knows there is talk of getting another company, but I do hope they
will not for we have scarcely men enough left for a home guard if necessary
to form one.  You will wonder what we want a home guard for so I will tell.
 There is danger of the Indians coming upon us, they have already committed
depredations in some places and many fear if this war continues through the
winter we may expect dreaful times, I confess I almost wish myself back east
when I think of the danger to which we are exposed for I tell you it is not
very pleasant to think of being murdered and robbed by the Indians, but then
they may remain quiet, Eau Claire has always been considered neutral ground
there has nvere been any here since we came to this place until a few weeks
since 

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