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||Duren, Charles M. to his Mother, April 13, 1864- Jacksonville, Fla. (1 sheet, 4 leaves) - Transcript
||Duren, Charles M. 1842-1886
||April 13, 1864
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[Different handwriting on top]
Mailed at Port Royal Apr 24
Recd May 2
April 13. 1864.
I have four letters from you to acknowledge [acknowledge] and one from Mother-the
dates are M'ch 26-29-31 & April 2nd No. 256-257-258-259. Mother's letter was Mch
27- was it not a rich feast.
The mail boat arrived yesterday afternoon. I was off on duty at the time with fatigue and
had a hard time. Some of the men did not behave well during the day, and at night I
came to camp feeling cross, very cross. But, when I entered my tent and found these
letters with one from Gilman, a quantity of newspapers all lying on the table awaiting my
arrival, I jumped for them, seated myself in a chair and never stirred until they were all
read (the letters). Did not take sword, belt, or cap off.
While I am seated here I can hear singing along the line. Tis good some of the officers
have some of the men in their tent with violins & banjo-they make good music and may
[sic] good singers.
The prospect is now that we shall be paid in a few days, as Paymasters are in town with
money. We shall all be glad of this, tho' [though] should feel happier were our men to
receive theirs too.
I have my papers now all right I think, so that I shall receive my final settlement as
enlisted man, bounty, etc., as well as probably two months pay as 2nd Lieut. [Lieutenant].
On the 30th of last March I was mustered into the service of U.S. as 1st Lieut. to serve 3
years (unless sooner discharged) from this date.
Col. Hallowell is going north. Has permission to go to Washington D.C. to see if
anything is to be done soon about the payment of the Mass. Colored Troops. I hope it
will amount [sic] to something I'm sure.
Did you read the speech which Henry Wilison delivered in Senate recently? A Capital
one. I can't help thinking that so long as such a man as he is at Washington we are all
Thursday April 14-This is your last day I believe. We are all busy this morning getting
ready for a review. Gen'l [General] Hatch, our new commander, reviews us. The drum
beats now and I must close. Capt. Jones is sick again and the command of Co. falls upon
Love to all
Your Affc. Son
Lieut. 54th M.V.
Transcribed by Nicole J. Milano, University of Florida, 2008.