Smith Family Letters


Letter from
Wilson McCalment
Benjamin W. Smith

May 26, 1863

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                          Fort Hieman Ky
                   May 26th 1863

 Dear Cousin  I take the present
oportunity of informing you
that I am well at present hoping
these few lines May find you
Enjoying the Same Blessing. 
I received a letter from father
last Evening and was sorry to
hear from of your being in
Such bad health however
I hope you may Soon Recover
again  I was also glad to hear
you had  got a was discharged
from the service as you was
so poorly  at last accounts I
had from you at Lagrange 
I received a letter from Martha
Jane But not Since your
Return from Dixie
we Received a leter from



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or Rather Colonel Greggs
Received a Dispatch last Evening
Stating Stating that General
Grant had taken Vicksburg
including forty thousand prisoners
a large amount of Comissary
stores ammunitions arms. e.g.
I can hardly tell Bleive this
although it is Credited at
Vicksburg Head Quarters here.  
Fatherís letter stated uncle
samuel Harden and Dock was
in the 36th  Your Regt.  
Iff you can find out
what Company they are
in in of the said Regt and
let know you would
oblige me very much  
tell me how you and your
father are geting along.  
well as you are very
well aware that



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a Soldierís life is a hard one
I Shall Say that we have Beter
times here then any other
post Since I have Been in
the service   Well for fear
I am writing too Much I
Shall Close by Saying Excuse
my bad writing and Blundering.
Give my respects to all of
the family   Write to me
Soon and Direct your
letters to the 2nd Section of
9th Ind.Battery Ft.Hieman
          Kentucky.     yours Respectfully
(signed) Wilson McCalment



  *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.