Slaughter-Murray Papers

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September 15, 1862


September 15, 1862


From George Murray to his parents,dated 15SEP1962, Camp Crossman. Is sending home his 25.00 government bounty, and asks them to write often and send newspapers. Has just come from guarding 85 deserters from his regiment. Mentions also that 11 or 12 were captured by rebels and some will probably be shot. Mentions rumor that Jackson has been captured. In pencil on folder stationary, creased, faded, and soiled. Faint embossed mark at top center.


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Camp Crossman Sept 15th 1862

Dear Father & Mother.

I am well at present, and hope these few lines will find you the same. I herein send $25, the United States government bounty; and I wish you would send word right away, whether you received it or not. I want you to write as often as possible. I have just come off of guard in the fort, over some prisoners or rather deserters, from our regiment, there are 85 of them; they were captured in Baltimore. About eleven or twelve of our regiment were captured by the rebel picket, and are by this time in Richmond. One or two of them will be shot. A couple of them are chained together. I will send my bounty to the city by the chaplin of our regiment. All the boys from Bustleton are well at present. I lost all of my Jamacia Ginger, the cork came out, and it ran all over my clothes. George Williams has ran off, or made a start for home, but he will be captured, and put into a fort. I wish you would send some newspapers for me to read, as they are scarce. There rumors in camp that Stonewall Jackson is captured. Heavy firing has been heard in the direction of Harpers Ferry as if an engagement was going on. Write soon, tell me all of the news. Give my love to all inquiring friends.

G. Murray

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George Murray


September 15, 1862




George Murray, “September 15, 1862,” Slaughter-Murray Papers, accessed February 22, 2024,