Group Title: Maxwell, David E. to his Mother, July 19, 1862 - Near Richmond, Va. (1 sheet, 4 leaves)
Title: Maxwell, David E. to his Mother - Near Richmond, Va. - Transcript
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Publication Date: July 19, 1862
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Camp Near Richmond, July 19th, 1862

Dear Mother,
Your letter of the 15th ult was received a week ago today, ten days after I got the one
written a week after. I have been looking anxiously for one this week, but as the mails are
so irregular and slow I do not feel uneasy on your account. I have been on the sick list
ever since I left the Regiment until a few days ago, suffering with the fever and diarrhea,
a disease that is very prevalent among the troops stationed around [around] Richmond.
Having the fever so regular is pulling me down by degrees, and I shall do my best to
break them by taking quinine several days before I expect a return. I could have gotten a
furlough when I was at the hospital but I did not think that I was sick enough to leave the
Regiment, and more particularly at that time, when we were expecting great events to
transpire at any time. Now since things are changed and no prospect for an immediate
engagement, I would like very much to get a short furlough of 40 or even sixty days, to
visit you all, but there is no such good luck for me. I have very little hopes of being
allowed to go home until the war is ended, for all the furloughs and transfers have been
stopped, and there is not the least chance of the 2nd Florida Regiment being sent home,
for I heard Mr. Mallory say that he had proposed to the Secretary of War to "Send on two
or three more Regiments from Florida and form a Brigade of Floridians." Gov. Brown
was out to to [sic] camps several nights ago and made a speech in which he
complimented and thanked us for the good name we had won for our State. Mr. Wilson
stayed a day and night with us, he leaves for home on Monday, will come out to camps
to-morrow to see us and get all letters we may have to send home, he is looking well and
just as he did when we left. Why didn't you write by him? It would have come through in
four days, instead of no telling how long. I hear that the Eighth Regiment is ordered on
here, and I am glad of it, for there are several boys in it that I want to see. And because
they joined for home Service, I think it is a shame for them to elect Gen. Floyd, after
Capt. Amaker went to the trouble of raising it. I wrote a long letter to each of the
following named boys three or four months ago but have not received an answer from
either of them. There is some excuse for Hardy and Willis Denham for they were in
active Service, but Tom Footman had time to write before he left for the field of action.
In Monday's fight, while we were charging through a piece of hammock land two wild
turkeys flew up in front of our Regiment. They had scarcely gotten above our heads
before one of them had his head taken off by a grape shot. Lieutenant Hampton [Elliot L.
Hampton], of Capt. Parkhill's Company [George Washington Parkhill, Company M], had
charge of the ambulance Corps and which kept in the rear of the Regt to take care of the
wounded and he got the turkey and had him for dinner next day. I got a piece. Several
deer have been seen by our men as we charged through large hammocks and swamps.
Col. Perry leaves for his home this afternoon. I believe he intends going to Alabama
where his wife is staying at present. He is a brave, generous and cool commander. He is a
good officer and he enjoys the full confidence of his entire command, if we should lose
him I do not know what would become of us. Capt. Mosely [Alexander Mosely,
Company H, 2nd Florida] is in command of the Regiment, is a good officer but too young
to have so much responsibility resting upon him. Our first Lieut died of wounds received
at the battle of Seven Pines. The 2nd Lieut was severely wounded in the same fight and it

will be a long time before he will be well enough to take command of the Company. So
we are under the third, and a very poor officer he is. When Capt. Mosely is absent the
Regiment is under the command of the accomplished and high-toned Captain Musgrove
[M.J.C. Musgrove] of the old Sixth Company. This is one of the reasons that I want to get
out of the regiment, for I cannot obey an officer that I can't respect. I am tired of running
around in the Virginia mud after the enemy, and want to get a four legged animal to do
the rest of my soldiering on. I would prefer picket duty twice or three times a week, to
fighting all day and pursuing the foe at night through mud half knee deep, and then we
don't have so much fighting to do. Tell Mr. William Taylor that Capt. Mosely got a letter
from Mr. Hatch a few days ago saying that he was at Hampton and had entirely recovered
from his wound, was in excellent health and had a good time generally. I think I will
write Grand Father a letter and enclose it to Mr. Hatch and get him to mail it for me in
Hampton. Have you ever gotten an answer to the letter I mailed in Yorktown? Does Miss
Ellen hear from home yet? I see by the papers that Mr. Lamb of Massachusetts, a
telegraphic operator on General McClellan's staff was taken a a [sic] prisoner in the
recent engagement. If I knew that he was a relation of the Lambs of Beverly I would try
to see him. The non-Conscripts have to stay in ninety days longer than they first thought.
Tell Eb that he must write to and tell me all about the young ladies. Clothing is selling at
the most exorbitant prices in Richmond. Remember me to Mrs. Croom and family and
ask her to tell Hardy to write to me. Cousin Mack is still in town but will be out in [a] few
days. The rest of the boys are getting along finely. The boys unite with me in love to you
all. Give my love to all friends and relations, and accept the same

From your affectionate son,
D.E. Maxwell

Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.

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