Letter from Ai Rice to John Heron

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Admin/Biog History RICE, Ai - Pvt., Company K, 11th Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Ai was born in March 1841 in New York. His father was a native of Ireland and his mother was born in Scotland. Ai resided at Oshkosh, Winnebago County when he enlisted there on Sept. 17, 1861. He was assigned as above and was mustered out on Sept. 4, 1865. Ai was married in Winnebago County on June 6, 1873 to Ida Mioranda Atwood. He was listed in the veteran section of the 1895 Wisconsin State census at P.O. Oshkosh. He was listed in the 1900 federal census as residing at the Wisconsin Veterans' Home at King. Ellen, his wife of 2 years, was residing there with him. She was born in July 1845 at England. Ai is buried in the town of Poygan, Winnebago County at Oak Hill Cemetery. His marker reads Company K, 11th Regiment, Mo. Infantry
Classification Archives
Collection Civil War Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation May 1, 1864
Abstract Letter from Ai Rice, Company K, 11th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry:

May 1, 1864

Friend it is with great pleasure [that] I take my pen in hand to let you know that I am well at present Hoping that these few lines find you the same. We left Milwaukee on the 26th of April and we are now in Memphis. I was on picket last night and it thundered, lightninged, and rained all night. It has cleared off now. Everything is growing nice and green. It is as warm here now as it is up there in the sum-mer time. Stephen Bell and I lay on our back today talking about old times at home. Stephen has got a nice thing about him. He has got a swelling under his jaws called the mumps. Us boys that got fur-loughs did not learn the joke of it, about the length of a man's furlough. We had a great deal of fun since we come to-gether. I am detailed now to go on picket again tonight. You will have to excuse me this time, on account of the picket. So goodbye. Write soon.
Direct to me,
Ai Rice
Company K, 11th Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Veteran [Infantry]
Memphis Tenn.

The girls did not know what a furlough was, so they asked one man How long his furlough was and he told her it was nine or ten inches long.
Event Civil War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.5.23.6
Object Name Letter
People Heron, John
Rice, Ai
Subjects Civil War
11th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Military furloughs
Title Letter from Ai Rice to John Heron
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