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[Note: this letter is written in very soft pencil, is severely stained, and the ink on the back, has bled through to the front, all making it very difficult to read.] Washington June 26, 1861 Dear Jennie, Well we are here at camp [near] the Capitol of the country, thank God… could not only... in Madison they died…. came and now we are…. or someone else. We had a very pleasant trip barring dust and irregular rations for the men. We started Thursday 11:00 to Janesville for dinner, and such a dinner, nothing to eat or drink. One incident I must mention to you. A pretty black eyed girl stepped up to me and presented me with a beautiful bouquet that was the first but such things of kindness are infrequent. We started that night 9 PM from Chicago, arrived in Cleveland Friday 4 PM, The ladies had prepared a celebration for us in the park. A perfect [illegible] everything the boys could wish were… by the ladies. The officers had their [illegible] in a first class restaurant [illegible] near the park. Saturday morning we arrived in Pittsburg, Saturday night 10 at Harrisburg. Then I was again in my old native state, her mountains, rivers, and [illegible] so majestic and natural, that I almost wished myself a native of the Old Keystone State again. We remained in Harrisburg until Monday 12 M[erdian]. Then we had our arms and each man 40 rounds of cartridges [illegible] and we embarked for Washington, soon arrived in Baltimore. You see I have now got some ink, but its poor stuff. We landed in Washington yesterday morn 4 o'clock, moved into camp in the afternoon. The only thing [bad] there is about it now is that rations are not regular. The officers get along well, but the boys don't have the privileges we do. We of course do not know how long we shall remain here, but I'll remain long enough for you to write me, now you owe me two or three letters and you must pay up. The boys are all very busy looking at the sights in and around here. Let me hear from you Yours very truly J H
Letter from John Hancock to Jennie Reardon -THE CIVIL WAR -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
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