1861 December 27 Camp Franklin Near St Johns Seminary

Dear Father your kind & welcome letter of the twenty first came safe at
hand & I can tell you that it gave me great pleasure to receive one from home
& hear that all the Folks were well, next Pay day I am gone to try & get A
pass to go to Baltimore to see George which will be in A few days as they
are making out the Payrolls now I do not want you to write to him & tell
him I am talking about it because if I get it I want to take him by surprise
you thought I was not verry much pleased to see Mister Staples which you
thought wrong in fact I was pleased & should like to see any one from Port
land that I know but there is one thing I did not like & that was this you
said that I did not have enough to buy boots with, Which in fact I did
& have Five to spend as the boots cost five dollars what I am writing is
true but as you wrote you took it as if I was not telling the truth as I
took it but what you write about the Sutlers is true & nothing but
the truth I have not wrote anything but the truth to you & if you
think I have I want you to point it out it is kind of hard to have you
think that I did not write to you the truth I want to know what good
it would do me to write to you what I know to be false & about my
own money what I have work for ever since I have been here I can
tell you what I have earnt out here has been work hard for & if I send
you fifteen dollars every Pay day which will be deducted from my
Pay every Pay day from the Pay Master I think I shall be doing well
you said that I did not write about those mittens which I wrote
in A letter before this they fit me first rate & tell Mother I am glad that
she thought so much of me which I shall never forget write as soon as
you get this from your affectionate Son Joseph Leavitt
And dont forget to tell William to send them stamps that I
wrote about & tell him & Henry to write
this is my last postage stamp

Letters from Joseph Leavitt of the 5th Maine and his brother George of the 5th New York were copied into a ledger by their father John Leavitt in October 1865 “because they are of value to me and I was fearful that they might get mislaid.” Both boys were mortally wounded in the war, George at Second Bull Run, August 30, 1862, and Joseph at Spotsylvania, May 18, 1864.

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