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Letter to wife from Marshal H. Downs, Company K, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard, written in Charleston, SC. He discusses marching 10 miles from Chicamauga to Ringold, GA to board the train for Charleston; expected departure for Cuba (they actually were sent to Puerto Rico); captured Spanish ships in the harbor; historic sites in Charleston; and expected sea-sickness on the voyage. July 7-98 Charleston, South Carolina To my darling wife and baby: I will drop you a few lines to let you know that I am well, and happy. And hope this will find you all the same. We left Chickamauga Tuesday after-noon at two o'clock, and marched ten miles to Ringold, and there we took the southern rail-road for here. We arrived here at twelve o'clock today. Had a nice trip. We expect to leave here to-morrow for Santiago. I have seen two Spanish boats that have been captured by our fleet. One was the Rita, and the other is a coaler loaded with coal. They are two nice boats. The Rita is one of the transports that is going to take us to Cuba. We are in the Cotton sheds here, they are brick buildings about 160 ft. long, and 75 ft. wide. And are nice and cool. We are about 100 ft. from the shore I wish you were here to see the sites. Fort Sumpter is in plain sight from here. It is located out on an island in the mouth of the bay. Five minutes walk takes us down were [where] the shore battery is. It is a nice view from here out onto the ocean. There is only one thing I hate on the balance of our trip, and that is that I expect to heave up my guts, but if I do not fill my pants it will suite me much better. Has Fred Edgerton started for Chickamauga yet? From here I can see about a half dozen cutters skipping back and forth. Now darling do not let this make you feel bad for I do not think we will see a very hard time. Keep up your nerve for my sake. Worrying will only make you feel the worse. So sing, and holler just the same as you did when I was there. Give my best regard to all the folks. We will be here about a week, but there is nothing certain about it. The boys are all in pretty good health. Well I will close for this so that I can get it mailed tonight. With all my love, and kisses to you and baby, I remain as ever your true and faithful husband. M. H. Downs Write soon. Bye, bye
Letter -THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
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