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Letter from Lindergreen Re: mud problems for the Army of the Potomac (1st MN) – January 30, 1862

Filed under: Civil War Daybook — Lori Williamson @ 9:00 am

Transcription of an excerpt from pages 1 and 2 of a letter from Private Henry W. Lindergreen of the 1st Minnesota Regiment, Company H, to Ignatius Donnelly regarding events at Camp Stone in Maryland.

“Camp Stone, Maryland, near Edward’s Ferry
January 30th 1862.
Dear Friend Donnelly, I received your welcome letter this morning, and was glad to hear that all were well, the Grand Army of the Potomac is immoveable, and that can be Simmered down in one word Mud!  I will not tell you the exact depth for fear you would not believe me, it is something less than two feet, the bottom of our tents are covered with mud, our boots and clothes are covered with mud, in fact everything is muddy, I saw a four horse team with an Army wagon attached, and the four horses could not pull the empty wagon, and they had to put an extra team on before they could pull it out, we are confined to our tents the most of the time, drilling is out of the question, and nothing is done but guard duty and that is very tedious, it has rained more or less every day for the last three weeks and still raining, (Kendall says mud, but it is not quite as bad as that.)  I see that a great many of the paper’s are advocating a forward movement, and among them the “Central Republican,” of Faribault, if the editor of that Paper was here as a “high Private in the rear rank” with a knapsack strapped to his back weighing 40 pounds, haversack on with three day’s rations, canteen filled with water, cartridge box on with 40 round’s of cartridges in it, besides gun and other fixens he would soon sing another song.  Lieut. Col. Miller is now in Washington, nearly recovered, but not fully.  Congressmen Wilkinson and Rice are moving heaven and earth to try and defeat Gen. Gorman, but I hope they will be baffled, for I want to see him confirmed, quite a change will soon take place in my affairs, that is I am going to take my discharge from the Army of the United States[.] I do this by the advice of Brigade Surgeon Hand, and Dr. Morton our Regimental Doctor, I was badly used up at Bull Run and they think I cannot stand a long march, and there will be plenty of marching to do and that at no very distant day […]“

See full letter: 1862-01-30_full_text

Citation:  January 30, 1862 Letter from Henry W. Lindergreen to Lieutenant Governor Ignatius Donnelly, Correspondence January-March 1862. Ignatius Donnelly and family papers, 1812-1973. Minnesota Historical Society.

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