Letter from George Turner to his Parents, 17 Sep 1861
Camp Sprague Sept 17/61
Dear Father & Mother, I am very sorry I did not receive an answer to my letter before I left Camp Sherman. I am in the renowed place that you and I have heard so much about and what is far more supprising I am in the very same quarters that cousin John was in. I am in Washinton only think of it and 300,000 soldiers all around us soldiers soldiers nothing else. The rebel flag can be seen from here it is about six miles off backed up by 15,000 scoundrels. We are expecting a great battle every day and we are all ready for it we are enjoying our selves greatly to down here in Dixie's Land eating the nicest peaches you ever saw and every thing nice. I tell you we left Fort Hamilton in a hurry I can tell you last Saturday just after dress Parade we received orders to march within an hour's time about nine oclock we embarked for south amboy we arrived there about 1 oclock. When we arrived at Philadelphia we had a great time they gave us a tip top dinner and refreshments after this we started for Baltimore when we arrived there they looked at us with long faces, when we marched through the streets no a word was spoken by any one. We arrived here yesterday night about 12 oclock. Give my Beau-regards to every body tell them I am and hope they are the same tell all hands to write and I will do the same when I have time.
Your Son Geo.
Address Geo M Turner 3rd Reg RIV Co. A Camp Sprague Washington D.C.
Turner, George M.
Turner describes the enjoyment of camp life at Camp Sprague in Washington D.C.
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