Benjamin F. Boring Collection


Letter from Benjamin F. Boring
to William C. Jones

April 23, 1862

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    Steamer Planet.     Tennessee River
                                                April 23rd 1862
 Friend Will.    I received your very
welcome letter of the 5th this morning at
fort Henry.  we are on the way to Corrinth.
to fight the rebels again.  We left fort
Donelson yesterday morning.  And landed
at Paducah about sunset.  And remained
there untill about [11?] OClock in the night
when we entered the mouth of the Tennessee
And are now steaming up the River at
a rate of 7 miles an hour. the boat
Shakes me so and there are so may
Soldier crowding about me I can hardly
write so you will pleas excuse [bad?] penmanship.
   We have just past fort Henry.  which
is the first view I have had of it since
the 10th of Feb..  it looks quite different to
what it did then.  we remained here about an
hour and took some Cavalry and some beef
cattle.  We have 2 Regiments aboard the 30th
And 31st there is not a full Regiment of us
all together.  there is only 350 men in our reg.
and about the same in the 31st but General
M.Clernand Calls us his old Guards and
sais he would rather have us then
5000 Ohio Kentucky or Ind. soldiers.



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Will I wish you was with us.  we are
haveing the nicest trip I ever had.  the weather
pleasant Sky is clear and  the sun Shining
warm and nice  the River is narrow and
the green trees are hanging over the bank.
I am up on the [Texas?] seting on my knapsack
and writing on a little case that I keep my
paper. Envelopes [?] in.  Dick Parker is aboard [?]
he got with us at Paducah.  him & [Elac?] Green &
Oliver Bishop.  Dick is a great little fellow and is
well thought of by all the Soldiers.  he has a permit
from his Mother to join our Company and is going
to be Tennor Drummer.  There was several of our
boys got in High at Paducah and are left
behind  I have not seen the Capt. today I
guess he is at Paducah too.  I dont know whether
he is drunk or not.  We are going to Pittsburg
landing to join our Brigade And I expect to
see some pretty hard fighting again.  but that is what
we came from home for and we are the Boys
that can do it.  We have been tried and and
our Mettle tested.  Those Regiments who Run
up at Carinth [Corinth?] have been sent to fort Donelson
to take our place And I would almost [asleave]
be Drumed out of service as a been in their
place when they landed at for Donelson and
met our little Regiment of 350 men going
to take the place of 900 men on the battle field


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     I am glad and proud of the name of
an Illinois Soldier and more than proud to
think I belong to the 30th Illinois  Regiment.
We have 40 men in our Company And all
as eager for a fight as if they had
never been in one.  [&?] I expect ere many
days we will have a chance to try our
nerve.  We have an Army of 250.000 at
Pittsburg landing  And it is supposed that the
Secesh have about 175.000.  this is going to be
a bloody and decisive battle.  And I think
the termination of this war depends to a great
extent its issue.  I am as likely to get killed
in this fight as any one.  And if I do I ask
to be remembered by you as a friend and one who
thinks a great deal of you and there is not a day
but you are on my mind.  I feel very thankful
to you for sending me those Stamps for you
could not of sent me any thing more acceptable
items postage Stamps.  I have money but it does
me but very little good as we have no chance
to spend it.  I tried to get Stamps at Paducah but
there was such rush for them when the boat
landed that I could not get but a few.  I dont
know where or when I will get to mail
this letter probably not at all.  I expect it will be
difficult for me to get it away.  The boys are

all well and send you their best respects.



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If you get this letter pleas answer. and it does
not make much difference where you direct
your letter to so you have the number and letter
of our Company and Regiment plainly
specified on the Envelope
                                        Good bye Will
                                                            As Ever Yours
                                                               B.F. Boring



  *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.