Letter from Abraham Cummins to his brother - 23 SEP 1864

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Letter from Abraham Cummins to his brother - 23 SEP 1864



Letter written by Abraham C Cummins to his brother, most likely, David Cummins on 23 SEP 1864 when Abraham.


Abraham C. Cummins


23 SEP 1864













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Saint Louis Mo
Sept 23rd 1864

My dear Brother:
I have received no letter from you since my return from Ohio. I expect to be married on the 13th of Oct. and inform you this early so that yourself and family may have no other engagements on that day. I will return one week before this time. When do you expect George? Will you be kind enough to write me immediately and let me know where a letter would reach him and whether he expects to resign this fall or not. I hope he may come home.

(page 2)

The draft has made a very clean sweep among my friends in the city. Dr. Wortman, David Mickey and almost every man I know in our ward have been favored by the wheel of fortune. I did not expect to escape and had concluded to try again the fortunes of war. I am free now I suppose for the draft is over. Then 898 drafted –including the 100 percent—and only 96% enrolled almost one half. This is what I call a heavy percentage.
Substitutes are worth from 1500 to 3000 and hard to get at any price. Frank McMillen was not drafted. You may tell his friends. I expected he would be.

(page 3)

We are supplying the Dept of Ark. and our business is between here and Little Rock on the River. My health has been poor and I have remained most of the time at this place. I attempted to go to Memphis but was compelled to turn back at Cairo on account of my health. I am very busy shipping Forage now. Send off a charted boat ladened every day and by the time the papers are all made out I am ready to quit.
Tell Ange of my wedding plans and my sisters have been informed. You may tell Father if you see him. My love to all and a kiss to Mary Jane.
Your brother Abe

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Abraham C. Cummins, “Letter from Abraham Cummins to his brother - 23 SEP 1864,” The Sherman Room Archives, accessed March 21, 2023, https://shermanroom.omeka.net/items/show/226.