Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

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Army letters of Oliver Willcox Norton.

January 9, 2014

Army letters of Oliver Willcox Norton (Eighty-third Pennsylvania Volunteers)

Seaford, Del., Jan. 9, 1864.

Dear Sister L.:—

I have just time to-night to write you some important news. Important so far as you and I are concerned. An orderly arrived in camp to-night with a dispatch from the Secretary of War ordering the detachment to return to Camp Wm. Penn, and the United States Colored Troops will proceed as soon as practicable to Hilton Head, South Carolina. We shall be off next week.

There is joy in camp to-night over the news. I hardly know whether to like it or not. On some accounts I shall. Almost any place is preferable to Virginia. I shall be far away from home and friends. Letters will be like angels’ visits, few and far between. But bid me God speed, L. Far or near, my heart will be with thee. Don’t write till I send my address.

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