Captain Wants to Vote; Hopes Army will Pay Him; Expenses are High

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New Hampshire 4th Infantry was engaged at Port Royal, James Island, Poctaglio, Ft. Wagner, Morris Island and the Siege of Ft. Sumter, SC, Swift Creek, Drewry’s Bluff, New Bermuda Hundred, Cold Harbor, Siege of Petersburg, Deep Bottom, New Market Heights, VA; Ft. Fisher and Ft. Anderson, NC.

LEONARD A. GAY of Nashua, NH, enlisted on September 4th, 1861, as a Sergeant at age 25 and was mustered into “B” Co. He re-enlisted on February 2nd, 1864, and was wounded on July 30th, 1864 at Petersburg. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on November 9th, 1864, and to Captain on August 23rd, 1865. Spelling corrected. Punctuation added.

2pp, Camp 4th Regt. NH Vols., near Wilmington,  NC, March 13th, 1865, Gay writes to his Sister Eveline. On verso he writes to his wife, Biddie, accomplished in red ink. (Two letters)

“…I can’t see how it was that my letter was so late. It must be that it went to some other Regt. There is not much news in this Department and not much going on only drilling. Tomorrow is Election. I wish I could be at home to vote but I have got a chance to vote here and I shall surly cast my vote for Edward H. Rollins. [Rollins was running as a Republican for Congress at the time. Background included.]

“I have sent Lory papers to Concord [NH] and I suppose he is discharged before now. He has got some four or five hundred dollars coming to him. I hope he will put some of it at interest for there will be a time that it will be of some use to him. If Charlie has got home I wish you would tell to send me those two pictures that I let him have. He will know what I mean. Tell Lettie I can’t come home yet… Verso to Biddie: “…Was glad to hear that you and Elvin is well. My health is good with the exception of a bad cold but I guess I shall get over that in a few days. I was glad to get those stamps that you sent to me but found some before I got them…I had not aught to send to you for anything but I have been out of money & I could not get along without stamps. I am in hopes that we will get paid in a few days but I understand that we won’t get but four months pay and if we don’t I can’t send home much as my expenses has been very high. I have to pay one dollar a day for board & clothing is very dear but after I get clothed up I will try and send home a few dimes.”

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