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1865 June 9, Letter from J. Edward James, Camp Harker, Nashville, Tennessee, to Lizzie James Lamberson, Galena, Illinois.
Excerpt: "We have been awfully pressed in business for the last six or eight days making up our 'muster out rolls' a very particular and large job. We are through now and the rolls have been examined by the Mustering Officer and accepted and "High Hip Hurrah" we are mustered out. Or as much so as can be here. Though the rolls and papers are not to be delivered to us until final muster out and pay. Which will come off at Chicago some time next week. We will leave for 'Gods country' Sunday afternoon. Pretty certain and if we are not delayed will be in Chicago Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. It is thought we will remain there only three or four days. I hope no longer. One thing certain it ain't as easy a job to get out of this soldiering as it was getting in to it. But we can see a hole through the wall and are rejoicing at the prospect of a better pasture. We calculate to be home by the 4th July to throw ourselves away so if you know of any gal that ain't spoken for or one that 'won't be in use' for that day please recommend this ex soldier. Tell her for me I will hire a coach and four more if she needs them. And have a 'splendid splay' of fine works and ice cream after candle lighting. They say in the papers that a fellow can get married for nothing at the fair in Chicago by applying to the lady who is boss of the New England Kitchen and farm house. I don't know what sort of a lady she is but I believe it is a good bargain and as I have refused lots of plantations(?) down here I will take it up ha! ha! 'How are you marry'".
1865 June 9
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondents
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