Transcription of Letter from Ephraim S. Weaver to Samuel and Mary Weaver (October 4, 1863)

Updated: October 13, 2014

On October 4, 1863, Private Ephraim S. Weaver, a member of Co. K, 68th Regiment, OVI, wrote to his parents, Samuel and Mary Weaver, from Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Vicksburg Waren County Mississippi

                Oct 4th 1863

Father and Mother       Again I am permited to answer yours of the 20th Sept  Which came to hand the 2nd Oct and sure was glad to hear from you

I am well again and do hope this will find you the same.  Further the weather is cool here now Especialy the nights it has bin dry weather here all summer  it rained a little the other day but is clear again.  The troops has all gone down the river and up so there is only logans divisions left here  I think we will tay here all winter and it may be we will stay here till our time is out  I wish we would

We are still doing gard duty in Vicksburg the mail has just come and I cant write any more till I see if there is one for me  Well not much  disappointed no letter for me this time  I come on gard tomorrow again so I thought I would write a letter today as it is Sunday but if you was here you would think it wasent much Sunday  we have the same work to do on Sunday as any other day  Now I havnt give up the notion a coming home after furlow yet but I ges I will put it of a while yet  they are furlowing very slow the talk is that they will send all home at two relieves if they do I think I will be there for chrismas  that is as soon as I want to come

We was fooled some with our two month pay we havnt got it yet.  But I think we will get four months pay the next month.  I still keep up the barber shop, shaving and cutting hair.  I make enuf for spending money  Ii got a new suit of cloaths on today  I got a new coat to wear when I come home  beauty of a coat  we will settle up our clothing bill next pay day  we are allowed fourty two dollars a year for cloathing  I think my cloathing will overrun some but not much  the rest of the boys is well in the company  Stinson is on gard toay  he stands it bully  we get our watter hauled from the river so we got things tolerable handy here

We don’t hear any grumbling here about valending hamm   It is all for Brough and heh will be governer of Ohio too  let me no how you get along and how times is  I dident get any papers yet  I think some of our mail got burnt Up on one of th boats that got burnt up  mother, you want to no what likeneys?  Is cost down here they are a bout the same they are up there  So no more  Only don’t work so hard take the times as easy as you can  with these few line I will close  I fell stanter and healthier for the last month than I have sins I bin in the service and hope I may stay so  I wish you all to keep well  write as soon as you get this address as before

                                                Ephraim S Weaver


  By                                    Samuel and Mary Weaver"

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