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October 13, 1864


October 13, 1864


From George Murray to his parents, dated 13OCT1864. Has been reactivated to the 114th. Mentions various people from home he has run into, and the capture of a rebel general and staff. In ink on lined folder stationary, ""P&P"" embossed at top. Slightly soiled, especially on P4.


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Headquarters Army of Potomac Oct 13th /64

Dear Father & Mother.

I expect you will be surprised to find that I have got back to the regiment again through some misunderstanding I was ordered back to the regiment. Dr. Taylor when he examined me at McClelan Hospital for the invalid Corps neglected to notify the regiment of it they thought that I was still at the Hospital. Dr. Hood says he is going to have the matter investigated. I came down to City Point on the Connecticut and arrived at the Company on the 11th. I was over to see the Corn Exchange Regiment yesterday all of the Bustleton were well. John Bambrick is in the 198 Penna a one years regiment. Bill Lawrance is in the 3rd Penna Cavalry now on duty at these Headquarters. All of the Bustleton boys in the Company are well. I never saw the regiment look so well before clean and nice. We expect to move Headquarters further to the left in a few days. As I was going to the Corn Exchange regiment I crossed the Weldon Railroad. The country around here is full of breastworks. The army I think went republican there were twenty five democratic votes cast in our regiment. The third Penna Cav had a Democratic majority the sixty eight also one hundred and eighteenth had a republican majority. Part of the sixty eighth is here on duty and the other down to City Point. Jim Lourie got back yesterday so Bill was telling me. I am well and hope these few lines will find you the same. We captured a rebel general and staff. We can hear the cannons booming very nearly all of the time. We have got forts and breastworks all around our rear. Direct to Company B. 114 Reg. P. Vols Washington D.C.

George Murray.

P.S. A great many voted the Democratic ticket because their fathers were Democrats no matter what kind of men ran for office their fathers were Democrats they must be Democrats I saw that in my own company some of the persons that came from Bustleton.

G. Murray

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George Murray


October 13, 1864




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