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A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie, written from New Orleans, Louisiana, describing the city – February 25, 1865

Filed under: Civil War Daybook — Lori Williamson @ 5:01 pm

A partial transcription of the letter:

New Orleans, La
Feb 25 1865
My Dear Sister,

[…] We are now in New Orleans, and on the same ground that General Jackson fought over fifty years ago. On the spot now I write on some poor Englishman died, and if we stay on it much longer I’m afraid some of us will die, as the mud is about a foot deep. We arrived here some four days ago, and I think will soon embark for Mobile, or at least that is the talk at present. Everything is very different here from the north. The city looks like a foreign one. Narrow streets and old fashioned houses. There are some of the old Spanish houses left, that were build man years ago. […] Winter and cold weather are far in the rear. I rather dread the warm weather yet to come. But only six months more! Then my time is up (unless the regiment reinlists), and then I hope to see you all. I anticipate a very pleasant spring campaign if I do not get sick.
Good night
Your aff brother
Brewer Mattocks
Direct 16th Army Corps New Orleans


See entire letter here: 1865-02-25_Brewer_combined

Citation: February 25, 1865. Mattocks, Ebenezer Brewer, 1841-1934.  Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks and Family Papers.  Correspondence and related papers , 1830-1911. Minnesota Historical Society, Box 1. [P1452]

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