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||Duren, Charles M. to his Father, March 29, 1864 - Jacksonville, Fla. (2 sheets, 7 leaves) - Transcript
||Duren, Charles M. 1842-1881
||March 29, 1864
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[Different handwriting on top]
Mailed at P. Royal Apr 5
Recd Apr 14
March 29, 1864, 1 A.M.
I am Officer of the guard, and of course am expected to keep awake all the time. Rains
hard. My tent is a poor one (the guard tent) and leaks badly. Still, I'm going to try not-
withstanding these disadvantages to write to you.
The last dates from you were happily received yesterday (Sunday). What could be more
pleasant on that day than those blessed messengers from home? The day was delightful
[sic]. Sun shown [shone] warm and bright.
Letters were Nos. 250-251-252. 14th-16th & 17th inst., with one good letter from Mother
of the 13th inst. All were read with a great deal of pleasure, excepting one thing which
made me feel quite bad-that was to hear that you were not well. You have too often had
those slight turns of illness & I know it wont do. Father you work too hard. Now you are
constantly cautioning me about this very thing. You can not blame me for speaking of it
to you. Drop the thousand cares which you allow to be thrown upon your shoulders by
heartless scamps that'ss hard I know) who care no more for you or your life, who never
even thank you, don't even notice you in their public reports. There is some satisfaction in
I would not attempt to mention what I mean by these thousand cares. You know what
they are. Mother knows what they are to her sorrow. She is watching your many hours
spent over this trash with a sad heart. She sees better perhaps than yourself how fast it is
wearing you down.
You can, I know, refuse if you will say you wont do it if you cant say you wont. Why just
close up your business-let Will Duren take it. Come to Mass. where people are
reasonable-act like people-and appreciate such services.
But I've said enough-don't, Father, wear out your life in such a heartess [heartless]
cause. In your letter you speak of the Anniversary of battle ofNewbern. I did not once
think of it actually-true we shall never forget the 14th of March 1862. Two years ago a
private in the ranks stood up with my comrades in the fight, fired volley after volley.
That was the first and last fight where I went in with a gun. To day a 1st Lieut.
[Lieutenant], well Promotions in the American Army are rapid. I don't know what I have
done to deserve the position, but that is something for others to decide. I have tried to do
my duty. If I have succeeded I am glad, for it is not only an honor to my self but to you,
Ah! I know you would have given me a dinner & a good many other things had I been
About Sergeant Swailes, there is some doubt about his being a black man. I know he is
not black, but I mean a negro-he is very nearly as white as I. He was the Sergt
[Sergeant] Major of the Regt. [Regiment], behaved well in the fight. [He] got a wound in
the head so Col. H. proposed his name after a consultation with us for a commission, and
Gov. A. gave it. White or black he is brave and deserved some notice. He is well
qualified for the position of an officer, and altho [although] I'm not in favor of mixing
colored officers with white if it is proposed to commission them.
When this is proposed I hope to see this whole Regt. officered with them, then I am ready
to step out.
We are all rejoiced to think we are to have more officers. Tis what we want more than
anything (good officers), and then another object its [sic] less work is coming upon each
I am glad to hear that your house is being painted again & a lighter shade I think it must
look very much better.
I should enjoy a visit from you very much. I wish you and Mother could come here, but I
hardly know how or what reason you could give for coming were you to make a request.
I do not think there would be much trouble in getting a boarding place in the city for a
I must close it is raining right through the tent upon my papers and blotting it.
Love to all at home. Will finish answering yours and Mothers letters Some other time.
Your Affc Son
Transcribed by Nicole J. Milano, University of Florida, 2008.