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Cpl Oliver ORMSBY, 149th NYVI Letter from 1862
Posted by: Tom Nevlud (ID *****4289) Date: September 28, 2005 at 13:00:19
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Cpl Oliver Ormsby writing to his father after reaching his destination about three miles outside Washington, DC

"Camp Chase, Arlington Heights (VA)
Saturday, September 27, 1862

Dear Father,

...At 2 in the afternoon we started for Washington, We had to ride in cattle cars. They were cleaned out, seats put in with hemlock boards down the middle and sides. They were boarded up about 3 feet high on sides leaving the rest open. At night we pulled up the middle seat and laid ourselves corsswise of the car and went to sleep, but it was rather rough sleeping. They say that they could not furnish any better cars because there were so many soldiers going on this road that it took evry car they could furnish..."

Please note that I have no further information on this family. I am not actively researching them, but found this on a Civil War desk calendar.

Tom Nevlud,
Raleigh, NC


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