Arthur W. Gray Letter


Letter from Arthur W. Gray
to Mary Gray

December 17, 1864

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                                  Morganza, Louisiana    
                                       December 17th, 1864
Dear Mary,
                  It affords me a great deal of pleasure
to again have the pleasure of informing you of my
continued good health, hoping that you & the dear
children are enjoying the same inestimable blessing.
Since writing to you last, as I then wrote you that
I should probably do, I have been to New Orleans.
I left here on Tuesday last & returned on yesterday. My
visit did not avail anything.  I was unable to get my
pay & could get no assurance that they would be able to
do so anyways shortly.  On my return to this place, I
found the Regiment absent on an expedition.  They were
gone 2 days, returning after night last night.  They came
back last night, loaded down with chickens, geese, turkeys
ducks, hogs, cattle, sugar, molasses &   The hospital atten=
dants brought back with them, 2 doz. chickens, 2 hogs, 2 turkeys
& several geese & ducks.  I will probably not leave here for
home for some 2 or 3 days.  I did intend starting today,
but there will be some 3 or 4 of our officers (who will be mus-
tered out under the consolidation,) going up in the course of
2 or 3 days, & they are anxious that I should remain & go
along with them.  I am anxious to be along with them when
they are paid off, as some of them are owing me money.  & if
I do not get it now, I may never do so.  We will have to
go to Indianapolis to get our money, so that it will probably
be along about the 1st days in January before I reach home.



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The Order for the Consolidation of our Regiment & the 67th
Indiana is now here & the mustering officer is now at work
on the necessary papers for the purpose of effecting it.
Capt. Brooks & Lieut. Kimbley will both be mustered out of
the Service under the consolidation.
    I had the happiness & pleasure of receiving this morning
a very welcome  letter from you written on the 8th Instant
from which I was glad to learn  that you & the dear Children
were all well.   I long for the time to roll around when
I Shall have the exquisite pleasure of greeting & embracing
you all.   If I find that I have to remain here some
3 or 4 days I will write to you again.  otherwise I shall
not write again until I see you.
   In regard to what Kellie had best do in regard to
going to Paoli, he probably had better not make any per=
minent arrangements until I get home.
   Hoping to see you all soon.  I send my kindest regards
to all enquiring friends.   Kiss the dear darling children
for me & believe me  Dearest Mary as ever
                                  Your Affectionate & Devoted Husband.
                                                               A. W. Gray



  *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.