Civil War Letters
of William A. Black


Letter from
William A. Black
to Josiah O. Black

July 7, 1865

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Kansas  Ft  riley  July th 7 Ė65 

                                Dear Friends
it is with the Best
of pleasure  that i am
purmited to pen you
a fiew lines to let you
know that i my self and
Wiley and James Cassady all thre
of us is well and i hope
when these fiew  lines to let
you know that
may reach
you that they may find
you all well and in good
Spirits we have not
gave up the race we can
go as long as the
cursed officers on of the
Col  that started a cross
the plains was Buried on
them he was put out of the



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way By his own men
only a Bout 3 weeks
a  go and  if they try
to take us it will Be
the same way is my Opinion
and i hope it will come to
pass i donít want to Be Sole
and let the Col have the
money they say that we
are going to fight the
indians   But i donít Beliveit
i think they are going to
take us to mexico to sell
us to the mexicans to
help them to whip the [french ?]
well they Say that we are
going to get Some pay
and then i am going to
desert it is a Big thing
to under take we are
only a Bout 650 miles
from terre haute we are on


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the Kansas river plenty
of indians here  i seen
fifty yetarday morning
swim the river  they wey [were?]
going to the planes to
kill Buffalo and deer
they Belong to the pottowa
to me
   pottowatema [civilized?]
tribe  the indians caught 300
of our men the other day
and cut their hearts out
and Burned them that is
what you might call rough 
So i will close for this
            So  good by 

              this from Wm A Black



  *Note to researcher:  This letter has been transcribed by Archives staff verbatim
as the words appear on the original written page.  The spacing, punctuation, and
capitalization are identical.  Words that are unclear have been enclosed in brackets.