Benjamin F. Boring Collection


Letter from Benjamin F. Boring
to William C. Jones

May 27, 1862

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    Camp in the field near Corinth Miss
                                  May 27th. l862
Friend Will.
                   I am pleased to once
more  acknowledge the receipt of your letter
and the pleasure of answering it.  I am
enjoying tolerable good health though on
account of being on picket all day yester
day and last night  I feel today
sorter like a fellow who had stood in
the woods all night behind a tree  We
have a great deal of picket duty to per-
form and are on guard once every
4 days.  We are in the first Brigade and
third division and are on the extreme
right of the reserve Army.  We are expecting
a flank move[?] and there are large
details of fatigue parties[?] hard at work
building breastworks[?]  and planting Batteries
It is reputed and is generally believed that
the Secesh are Evacuating Corinth and if they
are I think they are doing so with a view
of attacing us in the rear or some weak
place in our Army.  I cant think there
will be a general engagement at Corinth



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There will be too many men
killed.  I dont believe God will
recognize so great a Slaughter of his
creatures.  If the two Armies do come
together and fight a battle there will
be more men killed than there
has been put all together during the
rebellion.  It is verry warm weather
down here and a great many would
die of heat and over exertion while others
would perish for watter  Especially the
wounded.  We can hardly get water here
atall and what we do get is wholy
unfit to drink.  Being Such as we can
Scan from the ditches along the breastworks[?]
and from little pools that drain from
off the hills and Carcasses of dead horses.
cattle and dead men which sometimes
Smell so bad we have to hold our nose
while we drink.  We generally make our
drinking watter into Lemonade so as to
give it a flavor.  It is natural to Suppose
in as large an Army as this there is a
great many men dieing of disease and
where there is Skirmushing and fighting
going on all the time like there has been
here for the last two months there is a


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great many killed in that way
while many a brave and noble Soldier
 looses his life on picket.  Consequently
every encampment has its grave yard
and there is not a day but what there
is more or less Buryings.  The weather is
verry warm down here in Dixie which
goes pretty hard with us Yankee Soldiers
who are not accustomed to a Southern
Climate.  I expect if you was in the
Army a little while Will you want to
get home again a great deal worse than
you want to to go now. for you have a
verry faint Ide of a Soldiers life  And
you will pleas remember when you
once get in you are bound to go through
whether you like it or dislike it.  I dont
wish to discourage you at all but take
its advice of a one who has been Service
now over 10[?] months and has witnessed
and experienced about all the hardships
and dangers of modern warfare. both
in cam[?] and in battle  And for you
welfare Will Stay at home a while
longer any how.  If you was to get
a position as fifer in any of the Regts
I would like to have you in our Co



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How do you think you would like to be
a fifer in old Company.D. [?] pretty near
plaid out though what there is left of us
are as good as ever.  If you can I would
like for you to pay us a visit.  If you would
Stay with us a while you could tell if
you would like to be a Soldier.  Dick Parker
from York is in our Company he is Tenor drummer
cause Wilhite is fifer.  Dick is a bully little
Soldier and has been with us a long time.
he goes with us on picket and every place
else the Regiment goes.  I am much obliged
indeed for your kindness in Sending me those
Stamps a friend  in need is a friend indeed
I received a letter from Rube Yesterday
Rube is a great one isent he..  If you pleas
my compliments to your Pa and Ma &
all the balance of my friends if have
any in Robinson I received a coppy of
the Bulletin a few days Since. if it is not
too much trouble I wish you would send
me one occasionly  When you write or send
papers direct to Pittsburg landing Tennessee
                             Good bye Will
                                              Respectfully Yours [?]
                                                     Sargeant 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.