Slaughter-Murray Papers

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September 3, 1862


September 3, 1862


From George Murray to his parents, dated 03SEP1862, camp near Ft. Slocum. Describes journey to Washington D.C., and large number of troops camped in and around the city. In pencil on blue lined folder stationary, ""Dove"" embossed seal at top center. Soiled and stained.


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Camp near Fort Slocum Sept 3rd 1862

Dear Father & Mother.

We started from the Camp at Nicetown, about 3 o'clock on Monday morning; started from the city, about 8 o'clock, arrived at Baltimore, about 5 o'clock P.M. We marched through a drenching rain from the Philadelphia depot, for the Washington depot; we were obliged to lie in the depot for the night, as there were three or four regiments, ahead of us, we started from Baltimore about 12 o'clock Tuesday morning, and arrived at Washington about 10 o'clock at night; laid out in the open air. Left Washington for our present camp, about 10 o'clock Wednesday morning. We got our supper & breakfast in Baltimore at the soldiers relief association. We obtained our supper & breakfast in Washington at the Soldiers retreat, a government concern, conducted like all the government concerns, nothing to eat but bread and coffee without sugar, and in horse-buckets, at that. We had a pretty bad time in Baltimore, the rain fell in torrents, we had to lie down in our wet clothes. We laid just two or three hundred yards from the Capitol on Tuesday, and there were at least fifteen, laying near me. The Capitol is a fine looking building. The railroad is lined with encampments, and is guarded almost the whole length. We are encamped about five or six miles from Washington, just across the road from a fort called Fort Slocum mounting 10 or 12 big guns; we are surrounded by forts look which way you will you see forts. Fort Lincoln about 6 or 9 miles from us; but in sight, is said to have 5,000 men in it. We are said to be in the Harpers Ferry road. The ground around us is sandy, with plenty of peaches and apples. Secessionists are plenty. We have pickets placed out, three or four miles. Some of our men have started out after a spy, but they have returned yet. As we were coming down from the city of Philadelphia, one of our men got his legs very nearly cut off and he has since died from the effects of it; his legs were hanging out of the car, when he struck them against a post, and threw him under the wheels. I'm well at present and hope these few lines will find you the same. Give my love to all inquiring friends. Direct your letters to Zouaves De Afrique, 114 Reg. P.Y. Co. B Captain Bowen, Fort Slocum,
Washington D.C.

Yours G. Murray

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George Murray


September 3, 1862




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