My dear Charley,
I received your note enclosing Brangle’s bill & send you now (8) Eight dolls.
We are getting on swimmingly, having near 250 men in camp. My Officers too are pretty good, some of them excellent.
I came down from Lenox last night, where I have been having rather a comfortable time for a few days. On the train I met Sergt. Griswold, looking a little peaked still, but intending to rejoin the regt soon.I think of you very often and I wish we could be together again. Perhaps some day it may be our luck to fall in with each other somewhere. I find my feeling for old class-mates is weak compared with friendships formed in the 2d—like yours & mine. I have not seen Harry for a week — as I have been away 4 days.
I read Hooker’s order with exultation when I found the name of our sturdy old regt among the favoured ones. The order will do more, I should think, towards creating a spirit of emulation in the army than any that has been issued since we entered the service. Indeed no other General ever attempted anything of the sort.
My third sister (Effie) is engaged to Charley Lowell. It is a very satisfactory affair for us all & especially for me — as I like him very much, and she and I have always been together, more than any other two of the family. I telegraphed to John Fox today, to know whether they had been notified of the extension of my leave‚ — as I am in continual dread of seeing my name among the Absent without Authority.
There seem to be shoals of men from the 2d in Boston. I suppose in a month or six weeks from this you will all be at work again. It is the luckiest thing in the wotld that Slocum has taken a fancy to our regiment.
I have not seen any of your family since I wrote last. Hoping to hear from you soon, and regularly, I am always
Your sincerely attached friend,
Robert G. Shaw
If you hear of anything going wrong regarding my leave, I wish you would
let me know — as soon as possible.
March 12, 1863
A letter from Shaw to his friend Charles Fessenden Morse:
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