Letter Written During the Civil War Heavy With Longing

Union soldier writes to his wife in West Liberty, Iowa, on a quiet day during the Civil War.


| Good Old Days


The following is from one of many letters written by Matthia Wilson, a Union soldier during the Civil War, to his wife, Ruth Mosher Wilson, in West Liberty, Iowa.

Camp Near Black River Oct. 4, 1863 

My dear wife, 

This is a beautiful Sabbath day and I thought I would spend part of it writing to thee. I received thy letter of the eighteenth last evening. I think one of thy letters has been miscarried. The last one that I received before last evening was written on the sixth. That was a long time to me without hearing from thee, my own loving companion. 



How heavily the time passes when we are expecting to get a letter from the loved one and are disappointed. Days appear almost as long as weeks did when we were living so happily together. I often think of those days and wonder if we will live to see as happy days again. 

I expect we will have to move again soon. I expect we will be moving back toward Vicksburg. The guerrillas are getting bold. They shot a Lieutenant of our Division last Thursday night while on picket, and Joseph Alger came very near being taken prisoner yesterday. He was about one mile and a half from camp and four Rebels came very near catching him. 







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