Letter written by Josephus Knap from Washington, District of Columbia to his sister Meg on September 27, 1861

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Letter written by Josephus Knap from Washington, District of Columbia to his sister Meg on September 27, 1861: a machine readable transcription

PAGE IMAGEWashingtonD.C. (District of Columbia) (Washington, District of Columbia)   Sept 27 '61 Dear Meg (Knap, Meg)

Excuse me for delaying
so long to answer your letter.
I have relly been very busy -
I left Point of Rocks (Point of Rocks, Maryland) some
two weeks since for the purpose
of recruiting for a company of
Artillery to be connected with our
regiment - Uncle Charles (Charles (Uncle)) having
very generously presented the
Regt with a battery of rifled
guns - I succeeded in getting
about fifty men in a week
and left Pitts (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) - last Monday
for Point of Rocks (Point of Rocks, Maryland) - arrived there
just in time to see a little
skirmish with the rebels - we
burned several houses on the Va (Virginia) (Virginia)
side with shells from our battery,
and killed half a dozen "deserters"

PAGE IMAGE but fortunately lost none on
our side - On Wednesday  Lieut
Tingly (Tingly (Lieutenant)) and myself left camp
on horseback for Genl Banks (Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss (General))
Head Quarters and Washington (Washington, District of Columbia)
we were received the same
evening by the General with
due consideration, and
the next morning arrived here,
where we are being hospitably
entertained by a pretty good fellow
they call Major Knap (Knap (Major)) -
we are on business connected
with the battery - In all
probability I will be in
Pittsburg (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) next week. and
hope to join the regiment
with the battery in a week
or two - we visited several
camps this morning. and
found numerous friends
PAGE IMAGE your letter came to hand
on my arrival at Camp
last Tuesday - About that
Hudson  River (Hudson River) matter, you
are at liberty to say what
you wish about it. I dont
intend to enter the state of
connubial felicity until after
the war is over and that may
be several years from now -
speaking of correspondence I
received a very interesting letter
from a certain damsel a
short time since: you may
tell Mother (Knap (Mrs.)) of that -
I will write you again in
a few days - Please write me
immediately and address Pittsburg (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
much love to Libbie (Libbie) & Mrs Wades (Wades (Mrs.))

Affectionately Your Bro Jos M Knap (Knap, Joseph M.)

PAGE IMAGE [written in margins: Thanks to Meg (Knap, Meg)
re civil war visit
hello to Libbie (Libbie) etc.]

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