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Duren, Charles M. to his Father, February 27, 1864 - Jacksonville, Fla. (1 sheet, 2 leaves) - Transcript

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Duren, Charles M. to his Father, February 27, 1864 - Jacksonville, Fla. (1 sheet, 2 leaves) - Transcript
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Duren, Charles M. 1842-1872
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1864

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[Different handwriting at top]
No. 222
Mailed
Port Royal S.C.
Mch 1/64
Recd Mch 9

[Letter]
In the Trenches Again
Jacksonville, Florida, Feby. 27 1864

Dear Father
We are back again to this place from whence we started two or three weeks ago. Have
had a hard campaign. Pushed 30 or 40 miles into the interior, [and] had several
skirmishes, one fight when we the enemy made a strong stand in force too large for us to
contend with. We fought them two hours when we retired in good order. Ammunition
getting scarce as well as provisions.

I have had an opportunity to try my success in command of a company of men in action.
[We] got along very well, considering that there was but one officer when there should be
three. When we came out of the fight [I] had felt so much care and responsibility that
when the order came to fall back I was perfectly exhausted, faint, and entirely worn out.
Here is an instance where a drop of whisky from the flask of the Surgeon builds one up. I
think I should have given out if it had not been for this.

I can not say how long we shall remain here-but we are here now, living on the ground,
no shelter and not much to eat, but we are tough-can stand it.

(Love to all) Your Affc Son
C.M. Duren Lieut. [Lieutenant]-54th M. Vol.

Friday P.M.
Have just been made very happy by reception of letters from you. No 236 Feby 2, 237
Feby 5, 238 10inst & Feby 11, No 237, Feby 5-Came in package by Capt. Hutchins.
This package was very acceptable, for I needed towels much. Glad to get slippers too, for
my feet are pretty sore.


Transcribed by Nicole J. Milano, University of Florida, 2008.




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[Different handwriting at top] No. 222 Mailed Port Royal S.C. Mch 1/64 Recd Mch 9 [Letter] In the Trenches Again Jacksonville, Florida, Feby. 27 1864 Dear Father We are back again to this place from whence we started two or three weeks ago. Have had a hard campaign. Pushed 30 or 40 mile s into the interior, [and] had several skirmishes, one fight when we the enemy made a strong stand in force too large for us to contend with. We fought them two hours when we retired in good order. Ammunition getting scarce as well as provisions. I have had an opportunity to try my success in command of a company of men in action. [We] got along very well, considering that ther e was but one officer when there should be three When we came out of the fight [I] had felt so much care and responsibility that when the order came to fall back I was perfectly exhausted, faint, and entirely worn out. Here is an instance where a drop of whisky from the flask of the Surgeon builds one up. I think I should have given out if it had not been for this. I can not say how long we shall remain herebut we are here now living on the ground, no shelter and not much to eat, but we are tough can stand it. (Love to all) Your Affc Son C.M. Duren Lieut. [Lieutenant]th M. Vol. Friday P.M. Have just been made very happy by reception of letters from you. No 236 Feby 2, 237 Feby 5, 238 10inst & Feby 11, No 237, Feby 5Came in package by Capt. Hutchins. This package was very acceptable, for I needed towels much. Glad to get slippers too, for my feet are pretty sore. Transcribed by Nicole J. Milano, University of Florida, 2008.