Letter home to Eckford, Jan 20,1863

this is a very unhealthy plase, only 10 men fit for duty

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Bowling green January 20th 63
Dear Friends I once more take my pen in hand to write you a few lines    to let you know we are getting along    We have not had much to eat in the last few days    thare hav been days that we hav not had only 2 hard crackers a day   but today they drew some more rations of flower and bacon    we shall live first rate now    the comesery[commissary] could not draw rations for us    the talk is that our redgement is a going to be disbanded

Thare is two more boys died in our Company    thare was some of the boys left in Munfordsville that was to sick to be brought here and 2 of them has since died   Wm Hurd from south of Homer and Wm Bowes[?] from Marshall    that makes 7 that has died and some of the boys are taken sick most every day    i expect every time for it to come my turn next    if i am taken sick i will take the best care of myself that i can    Billy[?] Putman is sick but not Danegrus    i hav not heard from Cicero since we left Munfordsville...

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I hav not heard from you in nearly one month    i hav had the quinsey[?] in my throat and the meazles since i left Louisville

Wensday morning the 21 63

i thougt that i would write and finish my letter    this morning finds one more sick man Wreason[?] Watts sick with the new monia    i think the eresifless[?] is among our boys    Ogden just come from camp and he sayed that he would hav to report only 10 men fit for duty    he is acting as ordlay sargent    we hav not got eny sargents in our company that is fit for duty
this is a very unhelthy plase    thare is a great meny dieing[dying] off here and there is a great meny discharged here    they hav been discharged    they hav discharged as meny as 50 a day    i believe that i cannot think of much to write this time    you must write more often than you hav    direct to Bowling green Ky
Write soon WOW

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