I recieved your letter yesterday written the 14th April. It was th first I heard from home for a month. We recieved a large mail yesterday. I got 4 from home writen back in February, one in March had went to Savannah. Don't direct any more by the way of New York, they are a great deal longer coming.
We are in camp at Selma Alabama 300 mile from Mobile up the Alabama river. We did not stay long at M after it was evacuated. Our division the 2nd moved up the river by boat. Our supposed destination was Montgomery but when we got here we heard of the armistice between Sherman, Johnston, Taylor and Canly so went into camp. This is a pretty town the size of Lancaster Ohio. General Wilsons cavalry took the place and burned the arsenals and foundaries. There was considerable of the town buned as the arsenals were in the center of the city. They capture 3000 prisioners. Old Forest was in but escaped. There was a number drowned in trying to swim the river. It is pretty filthy place or was when we come. Wilson captured all the horses they had here so all the surplus ones he killed. There was over 900 dead one when come here. The citizens are quite friendly. There was one up yesterday and tool dinner with us. I was also to his house and took dinner with tehm. There are all glad the yankees are here. Brig Gen Andrew commans the place.
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He is our division command. We left Mobile the 20th and landed here the 29th. We were not troubled by Gurrillies but once they killed two men of the fleete. We landed and layed all in ashes for 5 miles around. Mobile is a nice city. We did not lay there long, we had quite a jubilee over our recent victories. We did not wast any of our ammunition in firing salutes. We had enough Rebels but when the news of the assassination of the present it put a damper on the whole army. But it was only momentary. It may be for the best. They will not be dealt with as mercifully with us as Lincool had lived.
The boys are all in good spirits thinking the war is over. Taylor and Forrest have surrendered there armies to Canby so there is nothing more to do. Men from Lees army are passing home past here daily. Johnston also. Some live in this place do all they could against furrilias an dhelp repari the rail roads. The cars come in here yesterday from Maridians Mijs. It will be in running order to Mobile in a few days. The bous all exprect to go home soon. We are going from here soon. The tolk is to Texas. The 2nd Brigade had reviewed yesterday. Ours are going to be reviewed this everning at 5 o'clock by Andrews. We expect to go in a few days as soon as the boats come up.
I remain your brother Steve
Co P 114 Regiment O,V,I via New Orleans
Excuse the paper as ut us part of an accout book of an old Alabama planter, paper is scarce.
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