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Cpl. Lewis Bloodgood
Letters home while engaged in the Civil War, Jan. 1864 - May 1865

Fish River or Daniels Mill, Alabama
March 25th, 1865

Dear Father:

We arrived here yesterday well and in the best of spirits. We had a very weary march. The going was so poor that it was impossible for teams to get along. The soil is sandy. You would think to look at the top of the soil that it was the best of going, but wagons would break through and settle clear to the hub. One day after a heavy rain we had to draw the artillery and wagons by hand in the water up to our waists. I tell you we had a good deal of sport. Sometimes one of us would step in a hole and go in nearly all over, but this would only serve to make sport for us all. I will assure you we were a tired set of boys when it came night, but after a few hours sleep we were all right. We are expecting to move from here every day. General Smith's corps moved this morning. We belong to the thirteenth corps, General Granger commanding. General Benton commands our division. Col. Keits of the twenty-seventh Wis. commands the brigade, third brigade, third division, thirteenth army corps. I expect you will hear a good account of us soon for we are now where we can hear the cannons boom. I do not know the number of men that are to operate again at Mobile but feel quite sure that there are enough to accomplish our desired end. Kenyon Sanford has received a commission in the forty-eighth regt. As first Lieut. He leaves today for home. We feel bad to loose him for he seems like a father to us, but I suppose it is for the best. John Safford and Sidney Wigant are here. They are well.

I attended meeting last night, under the palms of Alabama. We had a good meeting. There were fifteen forward for prayers. It seemed like a camp meeting to me. The boys from the Prairie are well and strong. It has been a long time since I received a letter from you. I received one from Lucina just before we left Mobile point. She said you had written but I have not yet received the letter. Please write all the news about your new farm. Remember me to all.

Your affectionate son
Lewis E. Bloodgood

Letters generously shared by Creighton Lewis Bloodgood