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7 Nov 1861 Civil War Letters from Pvt James Carl Gregg to his wife Martha Meddaugh

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Date: 7 Nov 1861 [unknown]
Location: Springfield, Missourimap
Surname/tag: Gregg
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Springfield, MO November 7th, 1961

Dear wife,

I take my pen in hand to let you know that I am well at present and hope this finds you all the same. I received your letter of the 15th the day before yesterday and was glad to hear that you were all well. I received your letter of the 23rd when I was in Booneville. David (?) (Dad?) got one at the same time. We left there that same evening on a forced march 60 miles to this place to fight Old Price, but he is gone and there is no fight this time. I think we will start for St. Louis and then somewhere else. We are now in the Ozark Mountains. It is a very fine place. There are about 6o thousand soldiers camped near this place. Old Price made well his escape from here for he would have ?  ?  ? if he had been here as we all thought he was. Fremont's body guards had a little fight with about 8 hundred of the rebels and killed about a hundred of them and only lost 15 men there. There was only 150 Union guards. Fremont has been thrown out of office and has gone home taking his body guards with him. General Pope takes his place. Wm Huegready (?) and I are both writing at once in the wagon. David has gone out in town with James Hensley and will not be back before night. Martha, I just now got a letter from you stating that your folks were all well. There was a letter in it for Alec McCready (?). You wanted to know where I am and what I am doing. I am in Springfield and working with a team, along with Alec. I have a very good time of it, and not written(?) to you. It will not be long before we are in winter quarters somewhere there. I think some of us will get to come home. I shall try to anyway. I still think I will be at home for my Christmas turkey and if I do not I shall always think I ought. I wrote a letter for Will Emery yesterday to his Pap. He thinks he ? ? write to him and ? ? he does. I have just been up and got my dinner(?) and drew my overcoat. O what a coat it is for this warmer weather. We are about 100 (-) 175 miles from Booneville southwest. If we go to St. Louis from here we will get there next week sometime and if I do not get to come then I will have my likeness taken and send it to you but if we get to St. Louis I think we will get to come home sertain(sic).

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