Letter from William Haley to his daughter Elzira, 1865Item 68529 info
Sebago Historical Society
William starts this letter July 31 and finishes it August 2.
He writes that he is well and spends and has been on patroll in Savannah with his regiment. He wonders why Elzira did not get a ten dollar bill he thought he sent but is going to send another one along with an additional five dollar bill.
His concern with the farm is evident. He asks many questions about the haying, the other crops and the colt and the cattle. He instructs her to "tell Joseph to girt the oxen & steers & write me how large they are."
William was mustered out of the infantry with his company less than two weeks later on August 20, 1865 and went home to his farm and family.
He lived to age 72 finally succumbing to the illness he contracted while fighting in Louisiana.