Letter from George Turner to his Parents, 17 Nov 1861



Fort Wells, Hilton Head, S.C.

Nov 17th 1861

Dear Parents,

I wrote you one letter yesterday as as I have got another sheet of paper and letter stamp by begging pretty hard I thought I would write another today. I suppose you did not forgeet that yesterday was my birth day. I can tell you it was far different from anyother birth day I ever passed. There is one thing I wish to tell you very much that is when ever we move from a place do not stop writing but address them to me and I shall get it and do not forget about sending longer letters and more newspapers to me. Any one must be a soldier to know what it is to receive any thing from home. Tell Samuel that if he enlists to enlist in the Navy for that is a great deal better than the land service. Tell him also to think a long time before he does it. Tell him that is the way with me I look at it a long time turned it upside inside out and every way before I enlisted. And by doing so I have met all my hardships with a smoothe face and am ready to meet them still harder before I shall say I want to go home. I believe I never told you that we had a new chaplin by the name of Gubly and he is a very nice man indeed. While we were on board of the Cahawba we had prayer meeting for those who wished to attend every evening I went to all but two or three and they were quite interesting I can tell you. [So?] how or rather I felt happy when I saw the blackened and sunburned soldiers get up and praying and talking as they do in our prayer meeting at home. I wish you would tell Dwight that Joseph C. Bennett arose from prayers and spoke one evening. He buried two of our members while we were at sea it was one of the most solemn sights I ever saw. And I hope I may never witness the sight again. The whole of our regiment has been set to work on hard. Tell Uncle hunter he must not be disappointed at not receiving an answer to his letter for I have used a great many others the same. Tell him I received about the time I received his letter I received 5 & 6 a week and it was impossible for me to write answers to half of them. We have suffered for the last two nights with the cold. So when you got to be some of these cold winter nights just put on an extra blanket for me and send on the extra warmth for me to use for my special benefit. The picket-guard brought in this morning five rebel prisoners and one of them was a captain,

Yours Truly George

N.B. Do Not Forget The Postage Stamps & Newspapers

[Sketch of a man plowing]

Occupation of my honorable self for the last week




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Turner, George M., “Letter from George Turner to his Parents, 17 Nov 1861,” George Turner Letters, accessed April 25, 2018, http://pplspc.org/turner/items/show/206.