Army letters of Oliver Willcox Norton (Eighty-third Pennsylvania Volunteers)

 Camp Porter, Virginia, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1862. Dear Cousin L.:— "Norton, 'Putty' has brought you a valentine this time, I'll warrant," said one of my messmates, as I entered the tent last night and flung down my axe (I had been out on fatigue duty all day, making a government road to Washington, for the [...]

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Hall's Hill, Fairfax County, I'a., Friday eve., Jan. 17, 1862. Dear Sister L.:— "The long and weary months pass by" and still we camp in old Camp Porter, or, as it was called before our new tents were up, Camp Leslie. For several days the weather has been so stormy that we have had but [...]

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Camp of the 83rd P. V., Hall's Hill, Va., Dec. 4, 1861. Dear Sister L.:— I have just returned from picket. Monday morning six companies of us started for the picket lines. Each carried his knapsack packed, with overcoat on top, haversack with two days' provisions, canteen of water, cartridge box with forty rounds and [...]

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  Camp of the 83rd Penn. Volunteers, Hall's Hill, Va., Friday, Nov. 15, 1861. Dear Friend P—s :— We are still rusticating in the same camp where we have been since the first of October. There have been no movements of importance in this part of the army since then. The troops have been employed [...]

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Camp of the 83rd Regiment, Penn. Volunteers, Hall's Hill, Va., Nov. 13, 1861. Dear Sister L.:— I have been sorry many times since that I wrote in the strain I did in my last letter, because I see by yours that it caused you pain. I ought not to have written so, I know, but [...]

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