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Text for Page 061 [03-19-1862]

     Letter from Edward Greatbatch.  Welles.
drinks with Meyer finished the evening.
  Edward Greatbatch�s letter was dated 
                        Benton Barracks, Missouri.
He and his regiment went from Fort Joe Holt
Ky. to the mouth of the Cumberland river, where
are two forts, one commanding that stream, the other
the Ohio.   There they stayed three months, being
then dispatched to Fort Donelson, where they arrived
twelve hours subsequent to the capture.     The lad
writes of the battlefield: �It looked melancholy; here
you see a man with his jaw shot off; another with
his brains blowed out and still alive, and the dead
all over the ground; they burying them as fast
as possible.�      The Illinois lads were ordered
to convoy the prisoners northwards; the boat on
which Edward went taking the 3rd Tennessee
and 10th Mississippi.   From Cairo to Alton, from
there by cars to Chicago they went; when the writer
got a two-days holiday to go home, where, I dare
say his mother kissed and cried over him � God
care for both of them!     Returning, he came
to his former barracks where �we shall stay
awhile, as we have not been paid for four months.�
  20.  Thursday.   Scribbling and chores.
In the street I met Ed. Welles, who told me
that he had a berth in the Treasury, put his
head aside like an amiable bird and said he
�was sick of Washington.�  Likewise he inquired               
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