Head Quarters 6th Mich Cav’l
Picket Camp, Fairfax Co., VA
Sunday, May 24th, ’63.

My Own Maggie,

Your fond letter of the 14th reached me yesterday. You can only imagine, by the feelings of your own heart, the pleasure & assurance it gave me. The pleasure of hearing from her I love, and the assurance that her love to me, remains constant and devoted. Your letter finds me well and enjoying the best of Spirits. It still finds me loyal to my country, firm to my government, & Strong in the defense of liberty and the universal rights of humanity.

By the date of this you will See that we are Still doing picket duty. Col. Gray having received orders to remain here thirty days longer. About the tenth of June we will be relieved, after that I cannot tell where we shall go.

We are now having some of the most delightful weather I ever saw, and you would be surprised to see how fast vegitation has come on with a few weeks. It is extremely warm today, however, but nothing more than we can expect in the Southern clime. Well, Maggie, the young man of whom I spoke (David Baird) is a resident, I think, of Yankey Springs, Barry County. He is all right now. He is a real fine fellow, but Married? Having given his name to his girl a few days after he enlisted.

I got a letter from Sammie a few days ago. He Sent me his likeness and I tell you he looks So well and rugged. He is much larger than when he left home, & as he has not been sick any, of course he has grown. They say that he is now Six feet high. Mr. Holman, the man who owns the old place you used to have in Barry, belongs to the Same company. He has been home on a furlough, & says that Sammie is well and hearty.

Alvira Seber’s husband had got his discharge and has returned home. They say that he is as fat as a pig. I got a letter from Leissa a few days ago. She and my Uncle are keeping house, now, when you go to Barry you must go to see her. I have never had but one letter from David Since I left home He owes me a letter now I think he is very negligent to forget an old friend. Perhaps his business is so extensive he can’t find time. Doubtless this is it; his family, you know, is [_ _] large, you must remind him of an old friend & acquaintance, who is now down on the Potomac, when you go to Barry will you?

Now Maggie, you must not worry So much on my account, for there is no danger of my being  wounded here, and as long as we are in this business I think I Shall enjoy good health. We may possibly go to the front by & bye, but not right away. There has been a great deal of talk about our regiment going back to Washington, as promised Guards of the city, but I hope not. We will have better health here, & then I like active service much better. You must excuse this poor writing, my pen is good for nothing. Remember me to all friends and be assured you have my constant and tenderest affection,

Matthew

David Baird, born in Ireland, married Anna Miller on October 22, 1862. He enlisted in Co. K of the 6th Michigan Cavalry on Sept. 24, 1862 and deserted on July 1, 1863. He obviously returned home, and had nine children with his wife, although only 5 were living at his death in 1911. He was not related to Matthew Baird and his family.

Alvira Seber was born 1841 in New York. She is living in Barry County in the 1850 census with her mother Edith, and two brothers Moses and Lyman, we found no record of her father. She married John C. Coleman between 1860 and 1864. John served in the 10th Michigan Cavalry, Co. F during the Civil War. Alvira and John they had 4 children together, but 1 died at a young age. Alvira died at the age of 39 and John died 5 years later in 1886 of stomach cancer. They are both buried in the East Hickory Corners Cemetery in Barry County.

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