Slaughter-Murray Papers

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October 30, 1864


October 30, 1864


From George Murray to his parents, dated 30OCT1864. Discusses battle of Petersburg, although does not mention it by name. Col. Collis has been advanced to Brig. Genl., among other promotions. In ink on lined folder stationary, ""P&P"" crest at top. Creased and nicked at the bottom. Yellowed on P4.


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Hqrs. A. of Potomac Eight Oclock of the Night Oct 30th/64

Dear Father & Mother.

I received your kind and welcome letter of the 23rd inst last Wednesday evening but as we were on the march and I had not my knapsack with me I could not answer it. We returned to our old camp last Friday and I was on duty and could answer and as I have some spare time tonight I thought I would answer it. You cannot send me anything as I am as comfortable as I can be at present. I have learnt something. I know where I erred at first and can proceed differently. I now know what to do. I have got my tent raised three or four feet from the ground and have got bunks in it. Through Generals mistake the last move proved a failure the second Corps they say was utterly demorilized. And Butler made out no better. The attack was made by our troops on the left. On Wednesday we moved to our new camp three or four miles further to the left but as water was not very plenty we had to move back to our old camp. The battle opened on Thursday morning but as we were not in the line we cannot tell what was going on all sorts of rumors were afloat. Col. Collis is made a Brigadier General. Lieu. Gent. Col. Cavada has resigned. Captain Bowen is Major Lieu. Rulon is Captain. Orderly Sar Tricker is Lieu and Sar. Simpson is orderly. I suppose there will be some changes made in the regiment now the Col. is promoted. We have only got one or two old Officers left all the rest are promoted from the ranks. Just before we moved I wrote you a letter and sent twenty dollars in it. While the move was going on all of the wagon trains were ordered back to City Point. They have got a pack of about two hundred wagons here and a Corrall of about two hundred extra horses. Whenever we move we mostly throw our knapsacks into the wagons. I put mine in and sent it back to the rear and Friday night I got it again. I was glad to hear that you were well, I am in good health. I have told you all that I know at present. Write soon and tell me all of the news. You must not be frightened if you do not hear from me very often as the regiment does not go into battles. Give my respects to all of my friends. All of the Bustleton boys are well. Naylor is in the regiment.

George Murray.

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George Murray


October 30, 1864




George Murray, “October 30, 1864,” Slaughter-Murray Papers, accessed February 22, 2024,