Letter from Joshua Besnter to Henry [Van Riper], March 7, 1865
Author. Title. Year. Wayne State University, Detroit. Van Riper Family Correspondence. Date Visited Website (URL for letter)
Digital Objects Rights from Van Riper Family Correspondence:
Users can cite and link to these materials without obtaining permission. Users can also use the materials for non-commercial educational and research purposes in accordance with fair use. For other uses or to obtain high resolution images, please contact the Wayne State University Library.
EncCamped in the woods between newbern and Kingsten
March the 7th 1865
Dear Friend Henry
It has been some months since I have herd from you but I still keep righting in hops that Some of my letters will reach you. It's verry pleasant weather in north Carolina now but it is alittle rainy to day for the first in some time. Our Division is to work on the break between newbern and Kingston this piece of road was torn up the time that General Burnsides took newbern in the year of 1862 and had not since been repaired. The rebels hold Kingston yet I believe unless thay have left it this day whitch I think is likely for thay entended to make an atack on it to day but we could not hear the roar of cannon we herd it all day yester day thick and heavy on the right of Kingston and if thair was any fighting going on to day we would of herd it before this time (3. o.clock)
April the 18th will soon come and then it will be ayear since I left home but I wish you or Willis was hear with me we could have lots of fun you may believe and you can make up your mind that I will have some when I come home if thair is any to be had a hunting or fishing or anything else even to treeing red squirrels Sunday mabey willis and me will take another skunk hunt some day if we do I will get a pair of green goggles and put over my eys to keep the skunk pis out of my ... I think it nesessary to do so what do you think about the matter
But I have made up my mind to never Stand in Sutch a plaice as long as I live. It is to be wondered at how we escaped alive from Sutch a Storm of Shot and Shell it is maricalous[miraculous] inciden[?] it is worthy of being printed in the historry of the united States of in the history of the worrld
I supose your crops turned out well last year as thay awl wais do when well taken care of whitch you are How happy a farmer must feel when he has his Crops all taken in in the faul of the year yes happy as a lark When his apples are in his Suller his potatoes in the ground his corn in the crib the wheat in the granry the hay in the Stack thay also can have peaches plums grapes watter meldons mush mellons and in fact any thing your spirit craves yes a farmer can aford to lay [?] through the long winter and be ready to get to work in the Spring time t farmer also has horses cows oxen sheep Pigs terkeys duck gees hens whitch all are of some importantes the horses for to draw him around in his carrag the oxen for break ing up new ground or whar thair is [?]. the cow is a verry use brute for she gives plenty cow water whitch is made into cow greese and into Cheeses averry use full being in deed the turkey is verry use full on sutch days as christmas new year or any other holiday in the year and a duck is the most useful fowl of all on thing it for its music is so charming a bout a house another thing is it drops an egg hear and thair So the Children can be cept out of mischief by sending them to hunt them the hen what could women do with out that use full fowl how could thay make cake floting islands custard pies puddings and other delicacies for donations or tea Parties the hog is ver use full for his Sow bellie for to feed Soldiers and construction men if it had not been for the hog how many men could you get to go to war if thay Could not get Sow bellie thre times a day Sow bellie and hard tack is a Soldier [say?] all the [?] the goose for feathers to make feather beds. etc and why should not a farmer be hapy when he has all of thes at his own Command.
Say Henry I supose that you made the deer on the prarie hunt thair holes and used the Rabbits also Squirrels to with the rest now and then a turkey muskrats and minks I Suppose that you ketch not. dont you. O Say Henry Did you dig that Stay Crook for Losy[?] (Couse) yet if you have I wish you would send me half of the 25 cents that he was a going to give you for the job. Just Pleas ask willis if he has the irish tooth ace now days if he has just let me know it when you answer this letter
Henry I wish you wold Send me Lum[?] Neers adres also Abel for I have forgot the regments that thay be long in
Also let me know how mark Chace is and rather he is in his Regment yet or not let me know how all of the folks on the Prairie are from george I would like to hear from Charles Peaters I [?] let me know how he gets a long with his dancing tell rather [?] has got marrid yet. AND. DONT. FORGET. TO LET ME Know How The Smiths are geting along. AND THE Burtons AND How does Miss Beavers and her [...missing] make it gow now end ways I supose of course tell me how lyman Styles iis making it this winter John Burton the Captain and tell [?] Lum Valrance that if he had come down hear when I did that his Pockets [?] been lined with uncle Sams greenbacks
Now for an end to this Wonderful letter if you can read it Whitch you can if your good at Guessing you will have now trouble But if your are not Please [excuse?] Bad riting and Bad Spelling I have [?] rott till my head aches a trying to think of Some nonsense to to fill out this sheet of papper But I now am played out of fun all together
Give all Your Folks my Respects and to the Prairie folks Andrew Sherman sends his love to you all Now then Henry just rite a good long letter in answer to this and I will not grumble the least Bit I send you all one of my Photographs Whitch I shall exspect all of yours in return it is a verry Poor one whitch you can planly See and I Should think that he had mutch left the got the hair Painted its a wonder that he did not Paint me a pair of mushtashes while he had the brush in his hand on the back of it you will perceive the photographers when it comes to pitting on the US inter. Revanue Stamp for we get two picttures for one. ha ha ha ha ha
I Still Remain your affectionate Friend Joshua J Benster
address to JJB
Co. B. 2nd Division-brackemen
in Care of OW Clough
The transcription was provided for your convenience. Please refer to the original letter for research or quotations.
Van Riper Family Correspondence
Special Collections, Wayne State University Library System
The original letters from this collections are located in the Special Collections at the Wayne State University. Please contact Special Collections to view the original materials.
|Structured Data||Dublin Core metadata (XML) MODS metadata (XML) Wayne State University Digital Collections API data (JSON) IIIF manifest (JSON)|