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Ransom E. Hawley Letters
Letter from Ransom E. Hawley
to Ransom and Sarah M. Hawley
May 27, 1864
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Bridgeport Alabama May 27th /64
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artillery. Bridgeport is a town of four
[citisens?] houses and depot.
But it is a full grown military town I have no idea
how many troops are camped here but there are sufficient
to hold it against any force that may be brought to bear
against it. We have no camp guard, and as the Tenn river
is near we promise ourselves a gread deal of sport fishing
and swimming. The boy I bunk with is now off
fishing I would have gone but I thought it my duty
to write. I wish you would send me two or three of the
largest hooks and a ten cent line Thed has them I
guess Some soldiers have made as much as $5.00 a
day fishing. A Russian Col commands this place
I have never heard his name but I am told that it is
so outlandish that no man can remember it.
I sleep with an old soldier by the name of Steele you
will see his name on our Co record.
It is so far to any house that no soldier that I have
conversed with has been to any house. If I
albout the place I would write more but I believe I
have written all that is of interest.
Remember me to all inquiring friends
Yours with much love
P.S. I you find my pocket map of the U S please send
it, it is very old
Co F 133 Ind. Bridgeport Alabama
Care of Capít R E Smith.
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