Letter from Frey, James

Soldier: Frey, James
Allegiance: Union
Unit/Service Branch: 11th Infantry
Home State: Illinois
Date Written: Wednesday, August 16th, 1865
Location: Selebrity Springs, LA
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Camp Life, Emancipation, Negro Soldiers, Politics, Western Theater
Selebrity Springs Lou.
August 16 1865

Dear Father

It is with pleasure that I drop a few lines to you to let you know how I am getting along we are encamped at the Springs and it is a very nice camping ground and plenty of good water I feel sorry to say that I ainít got no letter from you since we left Orleans I donít know whatís the reason whether you donít write anymore or I donít get them. I pray that this will be my last letter I write while I am in the Army for I expect to be on my way home in a few weeks. I expect Iíll be to home about the first of Oct. if nothing happens but I am Afraid we will have a chance again to come in the [army?] before many years for we will have another war as sure as you [are?] if our Government lets the Negro go another step they have only one more step to make then they are on an equality with us and they have already moved the leg to make that step they are free and in ranks with us and all they lack to be on an equality with us is they ainít got no vote yet and as sure as the Government of the U.S. allows them that we will have another war before this one is [straitent?] out and so I hope to God the people of the North will be careful what kind of men they put on the lead they want [lack? Black?] men [1w illegible] will put the Negro [1w illegible] as low as he ever was in his life. Its one thing certain they canít all be free and live in the U.S. if they donít teach them stricter than they do now for I have seen [to? So?] [much?] of them and seen how they done so try your best you will [hope? Help?] the soldiers on your side. So I must come to a close by saying that I am well hoping you are the same. From your son, James Frey