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||Duren, Charles M. to his Mother, April 2, 1864- Jacksonville, Fla. (1 sheet, 4 leaves) - Transcript
||Duren, Charles M. 1842-1882
||April 2, 1864
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[Different handwriting on top]
Maild P. Royal. Apr 5
Recd Apr 14
April 2nd 1864
I have just returned from picket duty-been out four days. Pretty tired but must write a
line or two merely to let you know that I am well.
I was quite sorry to learn from your latest letter that no acknowledgement had been
received of some of your letters. I hope tho [though] ere [before] this you have, for I'm
quite sure all have been acknowledged. I just went to my trunk to get some of them but
find it is locked and my boy has the key, so I shall have to let it go this time. I know that
I have received good lots of precious letters from your hand and I know too that my
answers to them recently have been poor, hurriedly, and infrequent. But, I think were
you to know all the reasons you would not blame me.
Since leaving Hilton Head truly I have not written to anyone, excepting to you & father,
[and] once to Emma. I have not even written to Carrie Cushman, one of my best friends,
the best friend outside of my home, the only one who loves me or cares for my sustaining
the good principals and lessons you, my dear Mother, taught to me. After finishing this I
shall write to Carrie.
We have occasion to rejoice in the action of Congress in relation to the pay of our men.
The Bill has, I believe, actually passed. It should be the occasion of rejoicing over all our
Country, for we shall have better men [and] a better Army.
A change already is manifest in the camp. To this Regt. above the others great credit is
due. Not a man has received one cent-twice during the past year they have been offered
the 7.00-but they have been united, have been firm. They said they would serve the
country 3 yrs for nothing rather than take one cent less than 13.00 from the U.S. Govt.
They have now, I trust, gained their reward for if there is one Regiment in service who
have earned their pay it is the 54th Mass.
Well Mother- your "baby Lieut" [Lieutenant] has a bar to his straps. It was quite an
unexpected step to me. I presume my success in the last campaign, success in command
of a company alone. It was hard work but I got through well, and we are rewarded.
Dear Mother I must close now- with love to all at home. I will try to do better in my
letter writing hereafter.
Affcly Your Son
1st Lieut. 54th M.V.
Mother-I send a rose-got it from the woods near my picket line to day. C.M.D.
Transcribed by Nicole J. Milano, University of Florida, 2008.