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Collection Reference Number GLC03696.13
From Archive Folder Collection of Asa Smith, K company, 16th regiment, Massachusetts, infantry 
Title Asa Smith to his mother reagrding union soldiers tricking condfederate soliders out of money
Date 8 June 1862
Author Smith, Asa (fl. 1861-1862)  
Recipient Smith, Ann  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description to mother [Ann Smith] The regiment has received orders, and will probably soon be moving to Richmond. He was unable to break the bill from home. The Union boys "played some rough games on the ignorant Secesh, in the matter of money," using wrappers and papers marked with numbers as money. He hasn't heard from Wallace. He seems ready for battle, remarking that he doesn't want to fight, but if he must, the regiment will "give them a taste of our steel which don't seem to suit them." He seems very restless in Suffolk: "One thing is certain, I don't care how quick I get out of Suffolk to some place where the white folks know, as much as the niggers." Numbered in pencil "82."
Subjects Civil War  Military History  Union Forces  Union Soldier's Letter  Soldier's Letter  Infantry  Soldier's Pay  Confederate States of America  Forgery and Fraud  Coins and Currency  Humor and Satire  Battle  African American History  Education  
People Smith, Asa (fl. 1861-1862)  
Place written Suffolk, Virginia
Theme The American Civil War; African Americans; Education
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
Civil War: Unit Massachusetts 16th Regiment infantry, K company