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Letter to Cora Mueller Laffey from husband, Phillip Laffey, Band Master, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard, written on a Spanish soldiers enlistment certificate. He discusses the signing of the Peace Protocol with Spain, going home, a murder, sickness in the camp, and the exotic plants on Puerto Rico. August /5/98 Outside of Ponce, Puerto Rico. My Darling Little Wife I am writing this letter to you on the back of a Spanish Officers recommendation for a Commission so you see darling you will have quite a fine Curio. We heard the news yesterday my darling one that peace was declared, well that means that we shall soon begin to think of coming home and I tell you they cannot do it too soon to suit most of the Regiment We expect though that we shall leave to march across the Island before we embark, to see what they are doing in some of the towns along the road, to start things going properly. You speak about [Reverend] Smith getting roasted in the paper, he deserves a little roasting. I will tell you of an incident that happened about the war that was murdered here when I get home. Most of our sick men are getting well and I think when we get our orders to start for home they will all get well for most of them are feeling blue. I will be tickled myself for we have not got our new instruments yet and it makes one tired the old ones we have now. Don't be surprised if this is the last letter from this place for we expect orders to march anyday. I will write though just as often as I can, and my own sweet darling I don't want you to grumble if your letters are short if you had to write letters under the difficulty that I have you would not write me very long [ineligible] ones. I have not had a table to write on since we left the Charleston (Yacht Club) so you see darling it is a little hard to write a letter. Johnson has got quite a fine lot of views [of] the Band in this place. [Henry Johnson operated a studio in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in the 1890s. He traveled to Georgia, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico in 1898 with the 2nd Wisconsin and photo-documented the regiment's activities.] Under Coca Nut trees, Banana Trees, and in Sugar Cane plantations so you will get some idea of the place when I come home, which I hope will be soon. With All My Love to You From Your Loving Husband Phil
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