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SC 1083 ([unpublished])

Estabrooks, Elisha
[From Elisha Estabrooks to his family: Morganza Bend, June 28, 1864]


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on top of the load and road down to the landing where we went a board of
a boat that was named __erville.  It was quite a nice boat, but it was small
and came to get a ____ of men on it and there wasn't much of a chance to
lay down and rest.  We only made 23 miles as they called it and then she
landed.  She landed first dark, but we had to stay on the boat all night.
 The best of it all was we had a chance to get ice, lemonade, strong beer,
brandy. The beer lemonade and brandy was only 25 cts 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 everything goes here.  If the boys could get
a little liquor once in a while there would not be so many sick.  They drink
a great deal of water and it is so hot

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