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William Haley letter on army camp, 1864

Contributed by Sebago Historical Society

William Haley Jr. a private in the Maine 30th Regiment, writes to his daughter, Elzira, and his niece, Mary, from Camp Keyes, Augusta. William states he "was mustured for pay yesterday and they say they are agoing to let the soldiers go home to vote."

He thinks the war news is good and the fact that the price of gold has fallen is a good sign. He states that there are now 75 men in the tents and that 7 of the 30th Maine boys are there.

He encourages the girls to try to do the best they can on their "sailwork" and to be "stidy" and mind their mother. He also asks them to send him a towel and some apples via their Uncle Charles.

Haley writes that he has sole care of the tents as "the other man is gone away."

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  • Title: William Haley letter on army camp, 1864
  • Creator: Haley Jr., William
  • Creation Date: 1864-09-01
  • Subject Date: 1864-09-01
  • Local Name: Camp Keyes, Convene
  • Town: Augusta, Sebago
  • County: Cumberland, Kennebec
  • State: ME
  • Media: ink on paper
  • Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.5
  • Local Code: W4.4
  • Collection: Haley Family Letters
  • Object Type: Text

For more information about this item, contact:

Sebago Historical Society
PO Box 59, Sebago, ME 04029
(207) 787-2489

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