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24 March1865
exact date of 24 of March 1865
day of the month 24 March 1865
calendar day - 03 of March year - 1865
month of Marchdecade of the 1860s.
1800s century

To: Hannah S. Bettes
Saccarappa, Maine.

From: Charles F. Bettes Musician - Ward One
Camp Berry, Portland, Maine..


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Dear Sister Hannah

I now take my peninhand to let you know that I am well and hope you all are I have had a sore throat since Ive been in camp but it has got well

I have been detailed to stop in camp to do garrison duty as a musition musician When I first got in here I had to do the same as a private did but all I have to do now is to play about an hour during the day I wanted some things sent in here and I told Fred Bailey to see you and get them I want two towels a razor

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and some other things but I told Fred what I wanted and he will tell you I suppose my things are all taken care of If there are not I want them to be after I get acquainted with the Officers I can get a pass to come home for a day or to two

I dont want you to send me any things to eat because Id rather eat what government gives us If I should go to eating such victuels it would likely to make me sick But I tell you it hadnt such a living as you have at home It is nothing but salt beef hard bread and cabbe part of the time boiled ham One time we did have apple sauce and Bakers bread but that is all we got

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I think when I get detached to the Company I will get better rasions

There is fun enough playing for there is any quantity of fiddlers and a Banjo player One night we had a regular concert I will tell you want if I cant play so well I can make some of their eyes stick out I tell you Tell George not to enlist if he knows when he is well off As it would be three times as hard for him as it would be for me I suppose your tooth has got well by this time I can think of any more to write so good luck to all of you

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Direct Charles F Bettes
Camp Berry Portland Maine

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Ward One
Charles F Bettes
Camp Berry

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