Letter from George Turner to his Father, 23 Mar 1862



Fort Welles Hilton Head S.C. March 23rd 1862

Dear Father, Yours of the 13th I received this afternoon about five oclock and it pleased me very much. Major Blanding arrived also to day with a large number of recruits and they have come in a very good time for we have slept on our arms for the last three nights. It is generally believed that the rebels are going to attack us here at Hilton Head. It is reported around the camps here that ther is 25,000 rebesl between Port Royal Ferry and this island. Well if it is so all I can say is let them come I will throw boiled pork and bacon at them and occassionally a lead ball. I have seen Martin and he has given me my neck handkerchief and envelopes. I am very much pleased with my envelopes. But my envelopes is neck tie is not what I wanted. I wanted a neck handkerchief not a piece of ribbon. I do not want you to think I am finding faults oh no far from it. I do not know what it means by my box not coming. I have had to buy a shirt from my one of my company all ready. I am very well indeed I weigh 147 1/2 lbs in my shirt sleeves. I am very glad to hear of the success of our army and I am very glad indeed that the army on the Potomac has made a move and of their good success. Co H of our regiment has gone up to Tybee island. I had a letter from Sergt Cha Williams to other day and he says that they have a fight with the rebel gun boats most every day. David Harrington is at the hospital I believe he is getting better. Give my love to Aunt Mary and tell her I should like to hear from her. You must not feel disappointed at this short letter for there is nothing to write. It is one thing right over and over every day. Give my love to mother, Ursula and all enquiring friends taking a large share for your self. Farewell,

From your loving son George

P.S. I cannot get my picture taken the man has gone away. I have no money at present but we are expecting to get payed off every day,

Yours JC Pop

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Turner, George M., “Letter from George Turner to his Father, 23 Mar 1862,” George Turner Letters, accessed April 24, 2018, http://pplspc.org/turner/items/show/231.