THE CIVIL WAR
Letter of from Albert Bennett

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Admin/Biog History Albert Bennett appears to have been a civilian teamster in the empoyee of the United States Army. Following the Civil War he owned 36 acres in Section 6, R15E, T18N, northwest of the Town of Omro, WI. He married Martha E. Shelp December 29, 1872 in Winnebago County. They had at least one child, a son born February 13, 1877. He is listed in the County Directory as late as 1893.
Classification Archives
Collection Civil War Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation February 1, 1864
Abstract 1 letter from Albert Bennett to his parents.

Albert Bennett - Teamster in the Post

Little Rock, [Arkansas], Feb 1st 1864

Father and Mother,
I write a few lines to let you know that I am well at present and all the rest of the boys here. I received your letter stating that you received the money I sent and I was glad you got it. I received a letter from Berlin in which you said you had not got it and John got one from Oshkosh and said they had received it. I have also got three papers you sent. We have just got our pay for November and December. I got thirty-nine dollars. I had twelve dollars worth of clothes and I expressed thirty-five dollars and Tom fifty dollars. We sent it in one package by the Adams Express Company and directed [it] to you [in] Omro, via of Oshkosh. You must write as soon as you get it and let me know. From what I can hear you are having a very cold winter. The weather here, for three weeks now, has been as warm as June in Wisconsin, not even a bit of frost. It snowed about an inch here the day before New Years and was cold for about a week. I have not been sick a day since I left home and I like teaming first rate. There is not much work about it, only harnessing the mules and sit in the saddle and drive. The worst of it is being out in the rain, and Sunday is generally the busiest day there is here. They have got us in a tight place here and I don't know when we will get away. I would like to come home when my time is out the first of April but I don't believe I can get away then. They are going to send an expedition to Texas from here. I guess we will have to go too, but I shan't go if I can help it. The worst thing about this country is every thing is so dear, twenty-five cents for a newspaper three-week's old; a dollar a pound for butter; a dollar a dozen for eggs; a dollar a pound for coffee; and every thing else in proportion. And there ain't one man in fifty that saves a cent here. Anyone sees a good many things here he would not see at home. There is thousands of soldiers around here all the time and I seen a spy hung here a while ago. I am writing in my wagon box now and I can look up and see two thousand mules. We are now camped on the bank of the Arkansas [River] across from the town and drawing wood for the boats and timber and stone for a railroad depot. We have two tents for each mess of four or five men. My mess has got a nigger wench to cook for it and we have to pay her two dollars a week. I think we will all be pretty lazy, if we ever do get home. For if there is any thing to make a man lazy it is teaming in the army. I [wrote] in my last letter that Sam Hunter was a coming home, but it is not so. He is driving drays over in town, and I don't know but I will go to draying too. They dray from the levee to the commissary. I can go if I want to. I have wrote all over my paper so good by for the present.
Albert Bennett, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Tell Marinda she must write me a letter and I will answer it.
Event Civil War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Notes Albert Bennett appears to have been a civilian teamster in the empoyee of the United States Army. Following the Civil War he owned 36 acres in Section 6, R15E, T18N, northwest of the Town of Omro, WI. He married Martha E. Shelp December 29, 1872 in Winnebago County. They had at least one child, a son born February 13, 1877. He is listed in the County Directory as late as 1893.
Object ID SC411.5.24.1
Object Name Letter
People Bennett, Albert
Subjects Civil War
Homefront
Civil service
Teamsters
Horse drawn vehicles
Mules
Cooks
Afro-Americans
Food preparation
Food prices
Title Letter of from Albert Bennett
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