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Leverett Bradley: A Soldier-Boy’s Letters

February 8, 2013

Leverett Bradley: A Soldier-Boy's Letters (1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery.)

Boat Howitzer Battery, Md. Heights,
Feb. 8, 1863.

Dear Mother and Father:

Yours found us all well. I started the money last Wednesday $196 (one hundred and ninety six). George Bricket sent $32 which you will please deliver to uncle Frank; he paid me for sending it. It cost $1.50 for sending it; kept $1 out and paid the rest from my own. I shall keep dunning for the rest of those notes till I get it. Should not be surprised if we got paid again soon. The boys have all paid up their bills well. H. deserted, has not been heard from since pay day; most likely will keep clear and not get caught. We have an order to stop the Artillery practice and we have got a shelf fixed so we can take Shell of all kinds to pieces. There is an examination of Sergt’s for promotion; it is an order from Col. S. He will recommend them to Gov. Andrew. An Ex Capt. D. is at the Hooks on a spree and some of the boys go down and have one with him. There is a time coming when the men of Co. B will have a chance to speak their thoughts and minds and they will do it. The men still think a great deal of Capt. Bradley, or, as they call him, “Snap it up.” Your name is spoken a great many times a day, and many are the wishes that you were commander now. I may stand a chance yet. My duty is much harder than at Craig, on account of commanding the post. Have to make out returns of ammunition every Monday morning, &C. Much love to all.

Leverett, Jr.

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