Letter from Codman, Charles R.

Soldier: Codman, Charles R.
Allegiance: Union
Unit/Service Branch: 45th Artillery
Home State: Massachusetts
Date Written: Saturday, February 7th, 1863
Location: Newbern (NC)
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Commanders, Wife/Girlfriend
 
Dearest Lucy, I have already sent you one letter by this mail but I have time to add a few lines before it goes. I will mention that I was thrown from my horse this morning and a little sour. Dr. Kneeland says that I shall be “all right’ tomorrow. I send you word at once as otherwise you will probably hear in some other way that my life is dispaired of - Stories increase and magnify so much in traveling. Club has too much food and too little work lately and the ----away with me today. If it had been out of town there would have no harm done, but it town it is a more dangerous ----- for a horse to take. He finally got rid of me and I will say in the words of the poet “it was not on my top his his vengeance fell.” I might have been seriously hurt if I had fallen near a tree or a house and I was sometime afraid that such would be my fate but providence preserved me and landed me in the middle of the street in a sitting attitude. Club was soon caught and we walked some together, I being too sore to ride. I send my old shoulder straps. Preserve them with care. They were in the battles of Kingston and Whitehall and I want them handed down in posterity. Lt Col Peabody has again gone to Morehead to meet his wife. I wonder if by chance you will be with her? If so, today or tomorrow I shall (be) a very happy man. Russell came into my room last night about ten o’clock. Poor Fellow! His great affliction, although at times he is so occupied as not to think of it, now and then overwhelms him. He told me that he had come to my room as he was perfectly wretched. We talked about other matters and R after staying some time went away cheerful. My pity for Russell is very great. What should I do if I had been stricken instead? God spare me the affliction or give me strength to bear it. Love to my little people (Colonel C R Codman)

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