Category Archives: Spencer McOmber

I have been in a dilemma for some time.

Newark. Oct 1st. 1864 Dear Mother No doubt you are wondering where I am. I have been in a dilemma for some time. We expected to leave & expected our pay & various other things. I have not money enough … Continue reading

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McOmber’s October letters

Money. If there is one word that describes the primary theme running through Spencer’s letters during October. On one hand, he writes that he has not been paid and is anxiously awaiting pay. He is so poor that he has … Continue reading

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I am off for the front I expect.

Newark Sept 7th 1864                 Good By Folkses. I am off for the front I expect. We had an examination yesterday & I guess I am good for a fall Campaign. I am not shure but think it is so. I … Continue reading

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last eavining I spent at the Chaplins house I have got well acquainted with his daughter.

Newark Sept 5th 1864 Dear Mother. this morning I got your letter just as I was ready to send one away so I will answer yours & send both at once. As to my health it is mostly my lungs I … Continue reading

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Tonight I feel pretty well.

Newark. Sept 2nd 1864 My Dear Mother I think I will write you this morning a few lines. I do not get better very fast but still think I am on the gain. I understand there is to be a General … Continue reading

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McOmber’s September Letters Overview

September apparently found Spencer with little time to write. His surviving letters are three relatively short missives. McOmber is still hospitalized in Newark, apparently still suffering complications, particularly with breathing, related to the late spring accident in which he was … Continue reading

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I have whittled out a set of Chess men & we have fine times here playing evry day.

Newark Aug 29th 1864 My Dear Mother I received a letter of the 25th this morning from you. I am feeling pretty bad today, last night I was taken again with the Diaheriah & today I am feeling very bad. … Continue reading

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McClealand is all the cry here.

Newark. Augt. 22nd 1864. My Dear Mother I am feeling pretty well tonight and thought I would write you a few lines. You complain that I do not write often enough. I think I write three to your one you … Continue reading

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I was much pleased to hear from you again.

Newark. Aug 20th 1864 Dear Mother. Yours of the 17th is in hand. I was much pleased to hear from you again. I hope you may get better. I am improving slowly and can take a Clerkship if I wish … Continue reading

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I feel so indifferent I dont know how I do feel.

Newark Aug 11th                 Dear Mother. I take this opertunity to write again to you. I am I think on the gain. I was able yesterday to take a short ride in a skiff. but think I feel the worse … Continue reading

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