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Lewis Wood

Letters, 1862-63, 8 items, Ms91-011

Lewis Wood Letter: February 16, 1862

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Platte Citty Mo Feb 16 1862

Dear Wife I was having a little time so I try to write again I suppose you have heard before this that we are ordered to Ft Scot 160 miles from here vrry near south one battalion has gon to Fort Leavenworth to get the horese shod our battalion will go over to morrow and be there a week or two and then I shal try and go to guindaro and see Mr. Stores I think he must be full of buisness at this time for Co K took at least 25 or 30 slaves over to Kansas last night on horse back and a foot and more will go to night we saw a new feature of the Slave Sistem yesterday in this Town that was a sale of slaves one woman and two children and what is worse they was the children of the man that sold them so say the slaves here and so they look to be they was sold for $175 one of the Soldiers went to the man that bought them and told him he ought to have his throught cut I receon there was some swaring about the matter but I suppose the slave holders think they have the worst of it one widdow woman lost 8 slaves one night this week besides a good Horse and some other things so it goes here

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we heard some verry cheering news from Price's Army last evening and the Band was ordered out to play on the occasion but I thoug same as the slaves did that it was to good to be true. I suppose you know the truth of it by this time better than I--we are hearing good news from all quarters to and our Capt talks as if the war was about closed. I presume you are as well posted as he is --as for my part I don't care how quick matters are settled and yhet I don't care how fur south we go between this and hot weather and get back all right. I am in the cooking business yhet and may be for some time we shall all hafto leave our satchel and most of our things at the Fort we can carry only a change of shirts and drawers. You may direct your letters to Fort Levenworth they will follow the regiment. Our Cornel has ben promoted a brigadier General and we expect that our Capt will be Major Capt Keen has resigned and will go home he has ben hated by all of his Co they want Lesley for Capt we are having a general change of Officers our orderly Surgent is first Liutenant Pcvc.

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