Letter from Barger, Frederick C

Soldier: Barger, Frederick C
Allegiance: Union
Unit/Service Branch: 49th Infantry
Home State: New York
Date Written: Tuesday, November 25th, 1862
Location: On steam ship Arago off Fortress Monroe
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Daily Life, Eastern Theater, Naval, Newspapers, Sickness, Suffering
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Dear Brother Henry
I take my pen in hand to let you know that I am well and hope this finds you the same I am still on board of this steam ship yet I dont know how long we shall stay here in this port I cannot tell I went a shore yesterday and I saw a white wimen they was the first that I have seen since I left Norwich

Fortress Monroe is quite g a place there are some small guns there now I will give you the price of a few articles butter 40 cents cheese 20 sugar 15 apples 5 cents a piece

We have all got the itch or the lice or some other inch desease most evry man in this company has got a cold or some other inch desease

I received your letter on the 25 Mailed the 21th you said in your letter if I wanted a pair of socks to write I say dont send me any for I dont now when we shall leave here for we are f liable to leave this port at a moment warning we are going on some expedition where I or to what port I do not know nor do I care I would like to have you send me the Wourld or some other new york paper I sent home last sunday the same 15 dollers there was a ten dollers bill

If it reaches home safe so it does if not it is all the same

Henry be a good boy and obey Father and Mother and learn all you can who teaches school on the hill this winter write and let me know

We have been on this boat ever since the 5th and have not bee on shore 5 times I have seen sea life enough of such it is hard fair on board of this boat we have hard tack twice a day coffee once a day some times once a week we get rat tail soup for supper once a wek

Give my love to all good friends so good by

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