Benjamin F. Boring Collection


Letter from Benjamin Boring
to William C. Jones

Sept. 16, 1861

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                                   Cairo Illinois      1861
                                                  Camp Defiance  Sep 16 

                                 Friend Will

Perhaps you will be a little
surprised when you get a letter
from me.  Although I am
a soldier. and although we are 
separated by a few miles  I have
not forgotten you.  I believe I
am enjoying better health than
I ever did before in my life
Cairo is the nastyest dirtyest and
ugliest place I ever saw.
There isent a pretty Girl in
the whole City.  I havent spoken



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to a woman since
I left home and it has pretty
near used me up.  I believe
if I dont get to come home
soon and see the Girls I
will Bust.  I dont know how
many soldiers there are here
now for we are not permitted
to go out  side of our regiments. only
as we are marched out in squads
like a drove of sheep to the river
and back to was[h] ourselves and
our clothes.  I expect if I dont
make a [ draw?] [in,on?] Uncle Sam soon
I will have come home and get a
pair of pantaloons or go in my shirt


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tail. for I havent git but one pair
here and I have worn them
ever since I have been gone.  And
the posterior portion of them are entirely gone
I wrote a letter Helen yesterday
and told her to send me a piece
of cloth to patch them with.  Some
times we have enoug[h] to eat such as it
is and some times we dont.  We eat
 [sour?] bread spoilt meat and  
black coffee.  I have spent nearly
all the money I had. which was
about $6.00 since I have been at
Cairo to buy thing for me and
some of my mess mates to eat
Cruse Will [b,h?]ite Oss Beer


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Pvt. Sharp  [N?]else Carpenter
and me are mess mates.
I hope you will write to me
Will.  and if you can come
down  and see us.   I expect we
will stay here 5 or 6 weeks yet
I dont know where we will
go to then.  But I expect we will
go down the Mississipi River
When you write direct your
letter to Cairo Ills. 30th Ills
Regiment.  Care of Capt Markley
     Be a good Boy Will and
will remain your friend



  *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.