Smith Family Letters


Letter from
Benjamin W. Smith
to John W. Smith

March 22, 1863

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       Lagrange March 22 ond

                      Dear Father
    I take my pen in hand to
let you know that I am
as well as you left me. 
I did not get any milk
that day you left   she did
not get done churning untill
dinner time and I got my
dinner their after dinner
was over the little nigger
poured some milk in my
cand  I drank it and it
swelled me as tight as
a jug   she said she woul
d not let me have any
milk that day nor a pie  
that made me mad as thund
er   I gathered my duds and
left   I did not go back to
day. that boy that was
so bad died last night
Charley the cook wants


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to borrow five cents
of me to get some tobacco  
I let him have a ten ct
tennessee scrip   I have just
been to see ben Anderson  
it is almost night   I must
hurry with my letter   you
took all my pens away
with you   I had to by one  
my discharge yet if I had
it I think I could go hom
by my self.   We had the
poorest supper that I
ever had to night   I must
buy something to eat tomo
rrow or I will starve. 
I am as hungry as a lion  
I must have some milk
if any chance.   They keep
up such a gab that I
will have to quit.    I  I
I must cook an egg
tomorrow morning   the
diarrhea is about stoped
on me   I bought a cand of
oisters   they cost me 50 ct.
(signed) B.W. Smith to his father



  *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.