20 August 1863


Camp of 36th Reg. Mass. Vols.
August 20, 1863

My dear mother,

Our company are detailed for provost duty at Nicholasville. The regiment is stationed at Cold Springs four miles distant. As I wrote yesterday, I have no news today.

Please accept my “shadder” [shadow] and compare it with the one taken one year ago. You will behold when looking at it, a person that takes the works as it is and easy.

“So let the wide world wag as it will
I’ll be free and easy still.”

It shows me as I appear everyday except I seldom wear a blouse. I did not “slick up” to make you think that soldiering is a fine thing. Examine my picture and criticize or contemplate it as you wish. It’s me and no one else.

With much love, I remain yours affectionately, — Chas. H. Howe, Co. G, 36th

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