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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.
Letter from Ai Rice to John Heron -THE CIVIL WAR -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Rice Letter

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