25th Michigan Regiment

The next surviving letter in Harrison’s correspondence is dated March 19, nearly two months since his previous letter. The unit remains in camp near Murfreesboro. A daily routine of drill and picket (guard) duty seems to take up most of his day. He doesn’t mention if the unit has seen any further combat although he remains intensely interested in the progress of the war. He discounts the rumor that the Confederate capital of Richmond had fallen, mentions the possibility of a draft, and then, in his postscript, asks his sister to send any news of the war’s progress.

Carte de visite of Colonel Orlando Hurley Moore, 25th Michigan Infantry, taken while he was stationed in Louisville, Kentucky; ca. 1863

Harrison asks Ann to thank his mother for the socks she sent him. He reports that he has not heard from their Uncle Joseph for some time although he believes he is still in Louisville. Harrison also mentions that he has heard little from the 25th Michigan Regiment which had been stationed near Murfreesboro earlier in the year.  He voices his opinion that the 25th’s colonel, Orlando H. Moore, will do whatever he can to make sure that his men get easy assigments.




March 19th 1863

Camp of 13 Mich Infrantry Co H near Murfreesboro    Tennessee

                                                                                                                Dear Sister

as your letter was received yestardy i thought i would try & answer it to let you no that i received them Stockings that mother sent to me & they will come very exceptable   i am well & wish you all the same & was to hear that father received that money    you said that you heard that Richmond was in our hands we heard so too but [it] is not so i guess i would like to Hear that it was so   they have bin Fighting down thare & ar fighting still   i guess we dont no but we shal move soon we are in the fir[s]t Division & first Brigade first Division   i received a letter from Philo the other day they was all well & was going to school he said they expected to Draft thare Soon   the health of the Regiment is pretty good waht thare is left that is a small number to what it was once   we hafto get up at    2 o clock every morning & dril til sunrise & one hour each forenoon & 4 hours in the afternoon & on picket every 3 day most   Alain Holmes is well & is going on Picket to day i have not heard from Joseph in a long time the last i heard from him he was at Louisville i have not heard from the Boys of the 25th Regt in some time   they never will see any hard times for they have got a Colonel that will try & keep his Boys whare they will have it Easy if he can   he is one of the best of Colonels    you must excuse me for my ink is given out & so i will finish with a pencil    when you write tel me all of the news   you said that the youngs folks ware all well wal that i am glad of   give my respects to all of them & tell them all to write    give my respects to everybody & tell them to write so i must close so Good By write
So most respectfully
                your Brother
                Harrison Dewaters

Hand-knitted socks of the type that were sent to Harrison by his mother

To Ann Dewaters

Write all of the news about the War
tel mother that i am much obliged
to hur untill she is better paid
for sending me them socks
thare is som talk of our brigade going
to Nashville don’t no if we will or not

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