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November 24, 2011

Letter from Matthew Marvin to his brother – November 24, 1861

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Letter from Matthew Marvin, Private in the 1st Minnesota Regiment, to his brother George from Camp Stone, Virginia.

“Camp Stone Md Nov 24th/61  Dear Brother
I will write a fewe lines just for fun Now that I have time[.]  Their is but little excitement here at present and but little doing except drilling[.]  I reckon you have lots of rumors of battles by way of the newspapers as well as our selves[.] the last runner here was on last Friday.  We could hear planely the cannon booming all day and emagen [imagine] we could hear musketry[.]  The sound came from about midway between Washington and Bull Run[.] About 2 oclock a solger [soldier] came back from Pooleville[.]  he said he herd them say their that our side had taken 700 prisoners and that we had two or 3 earth works of the anamy [enemy] and that our men had passed 4000 of the anamy along the road that was killed and wounded and that all the ambulances at Poolville had over their and about 43 of the Dr in this division had gone[.] Well their was all sorts of talk about it but the question was why don’t they let us have a hand in[;] Well last night we got the Washington paper and that settled the question.  McClellan was to review Gen Smith’s division but McClellan could not review them on that day so it was done by Gen Smith[.] the firing was after the review[.]  They fired by Companys and by Battalion and then by Brigade and the Artillery kept up their fire all the while[.] their was 3 Regt of Cavalry and they made some gallant charges with all the rest[.]  Their was nobody killed or hert and their endith the great rumor.
There is a prospect of out leaving here shortly[.] I cant emagen whar [where] but I hope to a warmer climate[.]  There is a few flakes of snow flying here today[.] I don’t know if it will amount to mutch.  Give my love and best respects to all inquiring[.] Friends write soon the letter will follow whar ever we go[.]
Your Brother Matt U.S.A.V.”

Citation:  November 24, 1861 Letter from Matthew Marvin to Brother, Correspondence and Misc., February 28 – December 2, 1861. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society.

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