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Letter from James Madison Bowler to his wife, Elizabeth Caleff Bowler, commenting on reenlisting and the cost of clothing – December 23, 1863

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

Little Rock, Ark., Dec. 23rd 1863.
My Dear Lizzie:
How is my darling and how does her little “Birdie” this fine morning? I wish I could see both of you and give you a good, sweet kiss apiece. You still express some hope that I may visit home before many months. There is only one hope left now, aside from resignation. The 3rd Regt. has less than one year to serve, and is therefore subject to the Veteran Volunteer order, which grants $402.00 bounty to those who re-enlist for three years or during the war; and when 3/4 of a company or reg’t re-enlist they may be ordered home with their officers for furlough and re-organization.  Over 3/4 of Co. “K” have re-enlisted, and I have no doubt but that 3/4 of Co. “F” will be in by next week.  Should such be the case we may all be home in the course of a month. […]
Prices are indeed high; but not so high in Minn. as they are here.  I have spent $38.00 for boots alone since I left Helena.  Also $50 for an overcoat and $30.00 for two pairs trousers.  I sent to St. Louis and got a dress coat for $32 which would have cost $45.00 here. Shirts cost from $5.00 to $12.00 a pair.  Draws (sic) ditto.     Eggs fifty cts, Butter from 50 to 75 cts. […] I shall not have to buy any more clothes for a year. […]
Every your loving
Madison


See whole letter: 1863-12-23_Bowler_complete

Citation: December 23, 1863, Letter from James Madison Bowler to Lizzie, Correspondence, undated, 1829-1865. Bowler, James Madison and Family, Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1330 box 1]

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