First page of Tousley's letter. HCP Collection.

Camp Michigan Feb 23/62

Dear Friend Matthew I received your letter A few minutes ago and now proceed to answer it. It found me well and tough hoping these few lines will find you the same I am very glad to hear that you are getting better but it will be A great while yet I fear before we shall see you again in camp I Rec’d A letter from Dwane last Tuesday he is gaining slowly but I hope to se him in the Army once more I carried the enclosed letter you sent to lieutenant Crawford myself, he was glad to hear from you and also to hear that you had got the clothes that were sent to you well Matthew as I spoke of sending you some stamps in my last letter I will explain myself here. The letter was written in A hurry and I forgot to put them in the letter until it was to late but however I will sent them this time and you need not think of paying me for them for I have more stamps than I shall use before next payday the Boys are all well that are here But there has one more gone home on A furlough that is Tully he went from here day before yesterday morning I do not know as I have any more news to write at present this from your friend Dwight Tousley Co E
it is time for Dress parade and I must stop for this time

Levi M. Tully, mentioned above, was embroiled in quite the saga after he went on his furlough. You can read his involved tale by clicking here.


Who’s Matthew Baird?

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.


Who’s Matthew Baird?