Category Archives: Spencer McOmber

McOmber’s August Letters

Spencer writes home four times during August. He is still in the Newark hospital where he has spent the last two months except for the time he was furloughed to Kalamazoo. His gastrointestinal issues seem to be the primary reason … Continue reading

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I wish I was at home

Newark. July 31st 1864 My Dear Mother It is Sunday today I wish I was at home & could go to Church with you. Mother I feel very bad I am not very sick but I know I ought to … Continue reading

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I am better but still have to lye in bed most of the time.

[Along left side of first page of letter] Direct your letters to me, Center St Hospital, Ward 5, Newark, N. J.                                                                        Newark July 29th 1864 Dear Mother I just got a letter from you. I am better but still … Continue reading

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I am now in Center St Hospital. Ward 5

Newark July 27th 1864 My Dear Mother I am now in Center St Hospital. Ward 5   We had to all leave Market St Hos  for there were 600 wounded negroes for Battle came here and they wanted them all together. … Continue reading

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I have delayed writing a for a day or two

Newark. July 20th Dear Mother. I have delayed writing a for a day or two on account of not being well. At New York City I was taken with the Chronic Disentary and have been quite sick — Four days … Continue reading

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McOmber’s July Letters

Spencer writes four letters over the last 10 days of July as he returns to his unit following his furlough. It appears that his mother did lend him the $20 he needed to get home to Kalamazoo, which probably is … Continue reading

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I have just asertained that I can have a furlow in a week

Newark. June 11th 1864 My Dear Mother. I have just asertained that I can have a furlow in a week and if you will lend and send me $20 I will come home. I have over 5 months pay comeing … Continue reading

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I am getting better fast

Newark. June 9th 1864 My Dear Mother. I have as yet received no letters from you. I am getting better fast and I guess in a few week I shall be able to go back to the Seat of War. … Continue reading

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McOmber’s June Letters

Spencer writes only two short letters to his mother in June. Both were written early in the month and two topics dominate Spencer’s thoughts. First, he is still hospitalized from the accident that he suffered in May when he fell … Continue reading

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Mother please pray for me

Newark. July 31st 1864 My Dear Mother It is Sunday today I wish I was at home & could go to Church with you. Mother I feel very bad I am not very sick but I know I ought to … Continue reading

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