Baird has received letters from Dwight Tousley previously, to read more about him and his brother Duane, click here. He mentions many other fellow soldiers in this letter, links to more information have been placed at their names.

Camp Michigan, Feb. the 12th, 1862

Friend Matthew. I have just Rec’d you letter of the tenth Inst and was very sorry to hear such news from you for I had almost began to look for you here but as that cannot be I will do all I can for you at least for I know how to pity a poor inmate of the Hospital especialy at Annapolis for I got tired of it while I was there but I will dwell on this no longer. I went Immediately to the captain after reading your letter & found that your clothes had been overlooked after being packed up ready to send to you untill yesterday morning when the captain started them to Annapolis I suppose you will receive them before this reaches you the captain was sorry to hear that you were sick again after being detailed in the hospital And so were the boys. Mr Ward  was very well satisfied with his tickets but said he did not look for any thing of the kind until he see you again you had not need of sending those tickets to me for remailing your letters for the quarter more than paid me for all the letters I have sent you excuse my blunders if you please I meant to mention the quarter that I got of Drake but I know you will excuse me when I tell you I wrote this in an awful hurry to get it done before Dress parade so that I can send it on its errand early in the morning W.K. Ferris had gone home before I came from Annapolis, I must tell you about our new guns we have got the Austrian

.54 Caliber Lorenz Pattern Austrian Rifle, Mfg. 1860. Supposedly carried during the Civil War. HCP Collection

Rifles and they will do good shooting from 120 rods to A half mile Duane and Andrew Killpatrick  have gone home on A furlough of 30 days the rest of the boys are all well I believe but Abrams Eddy he is in the Hospital at Alexandria you will find enclosed some stamps to mail letter to me with Well Matthew I guess I have written all the news but forgot to tell you how I am getting as tough as A Bear again and weigh the same as I did last summer Well Matthew I will not tire you by writing any more this time but if there is anything more I can do for you please mention it and I will attend to it immediately this from your ever faithful friend   Dwight Tousley

Write soon and let me know Whether you have received your clothes or not

Abrams Eddy was from Clinton County and enlisted at the same time as Baird. He was discharged in October 1862 in Edward’s Ferry, Maryland. To see an image of his tombstone, click here.

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Sept. 1st  Sabbath

Out on picket again. If ever military duty becomes odious and repulsive it is on the Sabbath. But our national difficulties force the painful necessity upon us.

Company E was placed a little more in the advance today.

Nothing of importance occurred. I was not on duty till night. When with two others I verified a post in what was once a cultivated field, but is now thickly overgrown with thrifty pines, many of which have attained to a considerable size. The night, as the day, passed without anything worthy of remark, except now and then the sharp ring of the sentinels musket far in the advance or the night wind “sighing its soft melody” through the tall pine trees.

Sept. 5th

Today our regiment received the balance of money due it from the State of Michigan. It was a small sum, but money is always welcome to the soldier be it ever so small a sum.

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Aug. 26th

Portion of Aug. 26th entry, HCP Collection.

Today I paid a visit to the 4th Mich. Regt.  to see one or two old acquaintances. This is a healthy robust looking regiment. It is stationed at half a mile west of Fort Corcoran and forms a part of Sherman’s brigade. The 4th is at present engaged in building another fort in a commanding situation to the right of their camp. The work has progressed finely since they began. The boys seem to be in good spirits, jovial and full of life. On my return I passed Fort Corcoran, which presents quite a formidable appearance. It is situated on the opposite side of the river from Georgetown and has a command of the town and river, and the road leading down the canal, beside a large range of country to the west. Passing through one or two other camps,and down the canal road I soon arrived in camp.

Going out on picket.

I had not been long in camp before the alarm was given and the 3rd was called out to relieve the picket guard in the advances. This is a pretty particular duty and in this war has thus far proved to be a very dangerous one.

There seems to be so much antipathy existing between the Union and the rebel troops that a sight of each other is temptation enough to draw fire. Quite a number have been killed on both sides in such cases. Company E [Baird’s company] are posted along the road at short intervals in squads of six. While several other companies are thrown out still further in the advance.

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