Slaughter-Murray Papers

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August 22, 1864


August 22, 1864


From George Murray to his parents, dated 22AUG1864, Steamer Connecticut. Has been transporting wounded to Washington and Ft. Monroe. Expects to spend rest of the week loading ocean steamers. Mentions rumor that Petersburg had been taken. Makes passing reference to explosion at City Point. In ink on lined sheet. Nicked at the bottom, a few stains. Good condition.


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Steamer Connecticut Aug 22nd /64

Dear Father & Mother.

I received two letters from you one dated the 5th of June and the other the 11th of August. I was glad to hear from you. We took a load of sick and wounded to Washington last Saturday the first time for a week before. We have been carrying them from the Point to Fortress Monroe for the Ocean Steamers. I expect we will be loading Ocean Steamer all of this week. I was glad to hear that Ed Evans arrived safe he promised to write to me when he got to his stopping place. When we left the Point last there were rumors that Petersburg was captured but we did not hear whether it was so or not. You need not send my pants as I have got another pair. Has seems to have a great time soldiering. Last week I wrote a letter and dropped it in the box at Norfolk where we went to coal up. I expect to drop this in the box at City Point. I am well and this may find you the same. I wrote a letter to uncle Add but have received no answer. I have not much news to tell you as you know more about what is transpiring here than we do. We had just passed City Point about a half an hour before that explosion took place. But I have told you all of the news and I will have to close. We go within eight miles of the 114th but I cannot get there.

George Murray.

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George Murray


August 22, 1864




George Murray, “August 22, 1864,” Slaughter-Murray Papers, accessed April 17, 2024,