A let­ter to the ‘dear ones at home’

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This is a let­ter to fam­ily writ­ten by Bernard Comey, 23, while serv­ing as a Bu­gler in Com­pany B, 2nd Mas­sachusetts Reg­i­ment.

“Dear Ones at Home:

“Once more I have a chance to write to you since be­ing kept from writ­ing since we landed. I can’t tell you on pa­per [de­tails about] any of the trip. I was well nearly all of the way and would have been so all the way, but for the ter­ri­ble smell from the hold of the ves­sel where over 700 men were bunked. We are hav­ing al­most all kinds of ex­pe­ri­ences, hunger, thirst, long marches, rain, ford­ing streams waist deep nearly, and then camping down all wet with no chance to dry off. Talk of drink­ing dirty water, we mind noth­ing of it, we even drink muddy water, color of cof­fee and are glad to have that and luke­warm too. Well I have ev­ery­thing to be thank­ful for, I am well and safe after so much dan­ger.

“We have had three en­gage­ments so far, the last, the bat­tle of el Caney will go down in his­tory. Old sol­diers say it was more se­vere than the bat­tle of Get­tys­burg, over ten per cent en­gaged were killed or wounded.

“Our clothes are in rags … our shoes are all worn out, we all have whiskers, and are black from the sun. You would not know any of us I be­lieve.

“Tell Fa­ther I know what the hum and whis­tle of bul­lets is and heavy mus­ketry as well as he [does now].

“We are in hopes that San­ti­ago will sur­ren­der with­out fur­ther fight­ing. There is strong talk of it, and the flag of truce is waiv­ing. We have ev­ery­thing to be cheer­ful for, es­pe­cially as we are in hopes to be back home when the cher­ries are ripe.”

San­ti­ago, Cuba July 5, 1895

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