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Leavenworth City Kansas Feb 26/62

 

Dear C

 

Your letter baring date Feb seventeenth came duly to hand and contents thourly perused I was glad to hear that you were enjoying tolerby good health and that Charleys throat was getting better I hope that you both will get along do not spare means for anything that you think will help you if my life is spared I think we will make our home in the sunny south I did not know there was so much diference in the wether of wis and this country  we have seen no winter here the coldest days I could work in my shirt sleaves the weather for three weeks back has been warm and pleasant the frost is mostly all out of the ground and the farmers begin to

 

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make preperation for their springs work the ice is braking up in the river in two days more it will be open.  it is very muddy except the highest places and there the roads are getting dusty!  our reg is still quartered here except co F and B.  they are detaced from the reg and sent to Kansas City distance thirty five miles our co is comfatably situated here with plenty to eat. we draw more rations than we can eat we buy a good many extras with our over rations.  we drill now four hours a day two hours in the forenoon and two in the afternoon the reg is getting pretty wll perfected in their drill we are not afraid to drill before any of them they say here we beat anything they ever saw for the chance we have had I tell you there is military men here military men

 

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of all rank from the highest to the lowest at the fort is stationed a large boddy of regulars whose turn of enlistment is five years they are daily enlisting more to make up the regular army. this place is a lively one the most of the buisness is Government buisness. yesterday there was a train of forty wagons left here for Fort Scott loaded with pourk and flour for the army.  I suppose you get all of news from the army we get all of the news here this morning brought us good news from Tenisee Nashville has surrendered with ten thousand troops without firing a gun the general opinion is that the war will soon close.  you spope of cutting some trees on the east forty if you think it is proftble and you can get it done I have no objection to your doing so must do anything you

 

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think best and I will guaratee it will be all right  I think it would be best to do as you spoke of about the taxes I exspected the taxes woul be high this year! the health of the reg is good the men were trobled with colds caused by the exposure of that march from Quincy to Hanibal I took a bad cold but it did not last long. the health of the co is good we have four now in the hospital at Weston all the men that here are able to do duty. you wrote that Hattie would know me the little witch how I would like to see her and the boys I have often been home in my dreams but the morning found me far away in the land of dixie but I hope ere long to join those loved ones which my heart yearns to see.  I must close for the want of room if we move from here your letters will follow us give my love to father and mother and all enquiring friends, ever the same A.J. Sexton [written upside down, at the top of the page:] I mailed a letter for home Monday and shall continue to write two a week write often Direct to Fort Leavenworth good bye for this time

 

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Fort Scott Kansas Mar 17/62

 

Dear Catharine

 

Yours of the second of march came duly to hand and contents thourly perused  I was glad to here of your good health that is a great consolation I have woried a good deal about you when I heard how deep the snow was in wis this winter it must be very lonesome there this winter I can imagine how it looks there with the snow two feet deep before this time you must have warm weather unless I have forgotten how the weather is in wis as for my self I have seen no winter since we left wis the wether is here like summer the ground begins to look green the grass is about two inches high it will soon be good feed here for cattle if there was any to feed this part of Kansas is thinly settled all the settlments there is is along the streams and they are far between it is a good farming country here the only trouble is market they have no regular market the nearest point to the Mo River is one hundred miles and that is their market at

 

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at present!  I suppose you would like to know what I am doing. well we are all setting around the fire in our tents buysing our selves as best we can it is raining it rained all day yesturday and all night and is raining to day so there is no drilling. some of the boys are reading some writing some singing and some sleeping and all busying them selves as best they can. we have considerable guard duty to do it takes twelve a day to guard the camp ground and town if there is any extra guards wanted co E is the co they call on the Captin spoke to the Colonel about it he said co E shouldrs was broad he said they was the healthyest  co on the ground and the largest. that is so our co is the largest and the best drilled and I am not the only one that thinks so I heard a man offer to bet fifty dollars that our co could beat any co on the ground in the mound of arms there is none of our co in the Hospital I think our reg is favored with good health in comparison to the Kan Regt they have buried from one to four a day with the measles their doctor says they have been to free with those fancy women which invest these Southern towns. that disease and the measles together is pretty sure death it seems to bad to see men throw away them selves in that way when prehaps they have Fathers and mothers or prehaps wives

 

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who mourn their loss if loss they might call it I were them I should consider it no great loss. March 19th I made a mistake yesturday in dating. it should of been the 18. to day it looks like good wether again  how long it will stay so I know not for it very changible here. our Regt is still wating here with patience wating further orders how long we stay I know not but I should judge by the apearance of things not long.  our living is not as good here as it was some of the boys complain of the fare but it is as good as I exspected we have beef and then a mess of beans. hard bread coffee and sugar.  our tent has lived well enouf they made a special requisition and drew a hog that weighed one hundred and fifty pounds they found it about a mile from camp!  I receive your likeness which you sent I call it a good picture.  I tell you I was glad to receive it but would rather see the original but I must content my self when I get lonesome I can look at that!  you must not find fault if you so not get letters regular the mail dont go regularr I shall write twice a week and you will get them some of them at least. it takes your letters twelve days to come through I must close for want of room Give my love to all enquiring friends kiss the children for me love to Father and mother and reserve a good share for yourself from your Husband  Direct Fort Scott  A J Sexton

 

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My health is good it was never better than it is now James health is good write often Good bye for this time this letter will not go untill day after tomorrow  Mrs. C. H. Humphreys 1940

 

from the Twelfth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer.

George E. Bryant, Colonel.

Dewitt C. Poole, Lieut. Col.,

Wm. E. Strong, Major,

Jas. K. Proudfit, Adjutant.

Andrew Sexton, Qr. Master.

L. H. Cary, Surgeon.

L. B. Mason, Chap.

 

 

Companies.

 

Co. A., Capt. McLeod, Lyon Light Guard.

Co. B., Capt. Stevens, Pioneer Rifles.

Co. C., Capt. Lober, Dodgeville Guards.

Co. D., Capt. Price, Washington County Rifles.

Co. E., Capt. Vanderpoel, Wisconsin River Rifles.

Co. F., Capt. Norton, River Sackers.

Co. G., Capt. Howell, Evergreens.

Co. H., Capt. Palmer, Green Bay Union Guards.

Co. I., Capt. Turner, Wisconsin Union Rifleman.

Co. K., Capt. Sylvester, Kickapoo Rangers.

 

Officers and Privates of Wisconsin River Volunteers, Co. E.

 

Abraham Vanderpoel, Capt.

 

John Gillispie, 1st Lieutenant.

Lewis T. Linnell, 2nd Lieut.

 

1st Sergt. James H. Thayer.

2d Sergt. Johnson Moulton.

3d Sergt. Alpheus E. Kinney.

4th Sergt. Michael Griffin.

5th Sergt. C. K. Richardson.

1st Corp. Henry W. Stutson.

2d Corp. Isaac Henry.

3d Corp. John G. Hubbell.

4th Corp. James McVey.

5th Corp. James M. Gulick.

6th Corp. Henry H. Dyer.

7th Corp. C. W. Fossbinder.

8th Corp. John J. Loman.

Drummer T. H. Hurlbut.

Fifer Reuben W. Green.

Wagoner Jos. M. Waddell.

Secretary C. C. Vanderpoel.

 

Privates.

 

Bennett, Henry H.

Briggs, Charles S.

Briggs, William S.

Bailey, George W.

Bowman, William H.

Boughton, Clement A.

Bromley, John

Bennett, Edmond F.

Bullus, John W.

Beardsley, Hiram S.

Brown, Francis H.

Bowman, James I.

Clement, Lorenzo

Coleman, Charles

Cornish, James G.

Camp, James

Clement, James M.

Cotton, William S. H.

Craker, Judson

Cole, Eddy

Campbell, Samuel

Canfield, Fletcher

Dunham, William H.

Edmonds, Joseph C.

Eighmy, Obediah W.

Eighmy, Benson L.

Edwards, James A.

Freer, George W.

Freer, Justus

Fluno, Henry A.

Fields, Charles W.

Fisher, William H.

Griffin, John

Griffin, Alvaro N.

Gaddis, John

Gloyd, Alfred E.

Gloyd, Charles L.

Hutchinson, Almond T.

Hawes, Joseph

Hildreth, Milton M.

Headstream, Charles

Harbaugh, Wesley

Humphrey, Aaron M.

Jameson, Amos J.

Johnson Rufus.

Johnston, Enos

Knapp, Abraham

Knapp, James C.

Knapp, Ithamar

Lawsha, George

Marston; Henry

Montanyee, John C.

Moshier, William L.

Marshall, George W.

Macauley, Maurice A.

Mathews, James

Newland, George

Rockwell, Henry

Rolison, William

Robison, Edwin

Rood, Hosea W.

Solomon, James M.

Stowell, Ahira

Sexton, James M.

Sexton, Aiken J.

Slater, James G.

Swain, Samuel G.

Stults, John

Stowell, William

Smith, Laredo S.

Starks, Alfred

Squire, William H.

Squire, Thomas B.

Squire, Harlan A.

Squire, Stephen

Tiffany, Leander

Titus, Daniel A.

Van Hoosen, William

Vincent, William A.

Watson, William L.

Ward, Charles M.

Wheeler, Aaron W.

Woodworth, Leonard P.

Wherry, William O.

Wright, Orson, Jr.

Wilson, Warren.

 

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Lawrance Sunday April 6th 1862

 

Dear Catharine

 

It is Sunday morning and I will spend a part of the day in writing to you! we reached this place last Thursday making a march of seaven days the next day after we got to here  I wrote you a letter giving a dscription of our march of which I suppose you have received before this time. our Regt is comfatably situated as for a camping ground we are encamped on the bank of the Kansas River in full view of the Town it is a very pleasent place how long we will stay I know not or where we go next although the rumor is here that we are going to new mexico the distance is seaven hundred miles if we do go there we shall be gone for on year at

 

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least. I dont believe we will go you must not worry your self about our going I supose you have heard it through the news papers so I thought I would give you all that we know about it our colonel says he dont beleive we go. the health of the reg is good I think it has been no beeter since we left wis! since we left wis there has been five deaths one man from co. D. died last night he has been sick that is unwell for a long time he died of congestion of the lungs.  all of co. E. except three has come on to the regt and they I think will be discharged there is eight of our company that will discharged.  when they get their discharge I will give their names the Captin got a letter from Ed Robison the other day stating that the Doctors thought he had better

 

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be discharged and the Captin sent on his papers so I think he will soon be home!  last Friday our reg received their pay that is two months pay there being over three months pay due. the first of next months there will be two months more due. I shall send you fifteen dollars by express I intended to send you twenty dollars. it was so muddy here I thought it best to buy me a pair of boots they cost me five dollars and I have to keep some to buy stamps and paper and that costs something in the course of two months.  in your letters you did not say whether you got anything from the state or not I have heard that the State was out of funds to pay in your next write what they have done in regard to the pay.  and how you get along for money

 

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It has been some time since I have heard from home the last letter was writen march 16 and mailed the 18! in our moving I supose they have been miscaried but they will come after a while some of the boys have got letters through in five days! in your last you wrote the children have been sick if they are sick do not keep it from me. I dont know as I have any more news to write and the mail has to be in early to go out tomorrow so I will close you must excuse this short letter love to all  Kiss the children for me and reserve one for your Self I remain yours ever the same A J Sexton

Direct to Fort Leavenworth Kansas Mrs. C. H. Humphreys 1940

 

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Fort Riley Wendesday. Apr 29 1862

 

Dear Catharne

 

To days mail brought me a letter forom you which was gladly received it was eight days coming through. I think I have got all my letters. at least I get one a week regular.  I was glad to hear that you were all well and getting along better than I exspected you could I was glad to that you received your money I have been anxious to hear from it it seems by your letter that the draft was all right. to day we have been mustered for our pay which we will get the first of next month and I shall send home twenty dollars. and all payments after this you will get twenty one dollars every payday. there was three commsiners here from wis who was apointed by Government  as soon as we get orders for mexico I will let know I dont know as you can make out this letter if you cant when I come I will read for you good bye

 

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the wis regts and find how much money each man wants to send home each pay day and the amt they want to send comes to them in a draft in the name of the person they wish to send it to and that makes it safe it can be sent in a letter safe if it should get lost Government will give another I put down ten dollars and a half a months making each pay day twenty one dollars and I want you to keep enouf for your own use whether the debts are paid or not I can get along without much money all I want is enouf to get postage stamps and paper enouf of this I suppose you would like to know how we are getting along well as for my self my health is good we are in a healthy country it is as heathy here as it is in wis the health of the regt is good the further we get west the heathier we find the country and the inhabitants say that

 

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it is a healthy country in mexico and I begin to think that it is the best place we can go and I think we will go. the talk talk is now that we start the last of may the distance there is eight hundred miles it will take us three months to march through they say we will be kept no longer than we would if we were to stay here I hope that the time will soon come when wars shall cease and we return home to make glad the hurts that are now desolate there was many a home made desolate by the Battle at Pitsburg Landing one in particular who went there to see to the wounded from wis and that was Gov. Harvey he gave his life for his county if it was not in battle it was in giving aid to the soldiers of his state and the State will feel his loss deeply. We are here encamped on the plains

 

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of Kansas with plenty to eat and nothing to do our living is good James is cook for our squad and he makes a good cook I wish you could see some of the fried cakes that the boys make it would make some of the women ashamed that I can mention we get plenty of Buffalo meet here yesturday we had a pot pie made a chicken and bufalo meet it was good or at least it seemd so to us it seems strange that J. Solomon does not write home to his wife oftenner I should think he has time enouf to write we left him and Rollison at Lawrence Solomon had been quite sick but was getting better when we left. Edwin Robison joined us again day before yesturday his health is getting good again I dont know as I have any news of importance you must write often and let me know how you are getting along this is the third letter that I have writen since I came here and shall write twice a week I must close for want of room love to all enquiring friends this from you Husband A. Sexton

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