Harris Family Papers


Letter from
unidentified person
to "Bro Jim"

January 28, 1863

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Jan 28th 1863

   Terre Haute
 Dear Bro Jim 

Your welcom letter was received in good
time but not haveing a favorable oppor
tunity to write sooner it has been delayed til  
present.     We are haveing good times here considering
the times    very mudy but fair over head til
to day   since noon the wind commenced to
blow the clouds rise the lightening flash the thunder
roll and rain fall to no great extent.     but the
thick clouds covered the sun til it is almost
as dark as night
Tomorrow morning we are looking for
the 31st Ind Regt to be in terre haut as a
great many of them have reenlisted, but cannot
tell wether they will come or not.    The people
are makeing a great fixup for them     they
powerfully excited over their arriveal.
       On new years day the weather was so cold
that it would freeze a persons eyebrows full of
frost and lashes together in such a manier that
it was inconvenient seeing.  The mark in the thermomter
was 24 degrees blow zero the coldest ever known
in this stat.     There were several frozen in their
beds.     others too numerous to mention. stock


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  was frozen in pens about Chicago  / travelers were
frozen on the cars.  doubtles you have heard of it
before thais


  *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.