United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Bruen, Luther Barnett--Correspondence


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Fort Hamilton August 14th 1861 I was delighted to receive and read your excellent letter of Sunday. It is the best one you have sent me, my darling, since I have been away. I hope you have got mine informing you of my contemplated change of programme. If you have not now, as I write, you certainly will have tomorrow, unless you turn your face the other ward today, which I do not think you contemplate doing. You say you think of starting on Wednesday or Thursday of next week; this, I fancy was not meant for today or tomorrow. If you should leave before my letter reached Dayton, I should welcome you as you wd wish to be, of course; but I guess that won't happen as you evidently expected to receive a letter from me, before starting, in reply to yours, and you're getting it without delay I received a letter from Gen. Shouler this evening, accompanied by the genealogy of the Bruen family and all the history it has, I suppose. It is quite long & very interesting to me. Most of it, however, is devoted to the Life of John Bruen which we already have. The General thinks he will come this way next month & proposes to give me a call. He sends his regards to you & Mr Forrer. I shall go over to Newark tomorrow with my life insurance policy, to make some arrangement with the officers, in reference to my going into service; if I can accomplish any thing satisfactory, I shall feel less anxiety about the future. Our legal troubles are about ended, in my opinion. The sheriff came down this morning to serve a writ of attachment on the Col (Burke) but we wouldn't let him in. He then wanted to go over Fort LaFayette to get the prisoners but Major Clitz ordered up a file of soldiers and told him he shouldn't go there. Where upon the Sheriff shook hands with him & departed to make his return. In the mean time we have placed ourselves on a war footing and are ready for a *boush* with the Sheriff and his posse comitatus. They will never come tho! We received five companies of a Lower Island regiment tonight as an addition to our garrison. They are of no manner of use, but they will do as well as veterans to make a show with. We are all saddened by the gallant death of Gen Lyon. I hoped that we should have him to fight for us until Secession is was thoroughly wiped out of Missouri. It will be done speedily, I believe, but other hands will gather the laurels. I rec'd a letter from Staff Young today. He had scratched Hook's name off of the card on its back, from which I infer they have dissolved. Is it so? It appears from the papers that the people are cleaning out the secession *souroals* in the North. When will the Empire's time come? Poor Priscilla will have a hard time if you and Eliza both leave her. I don't think it likely that E. will leave very soon, not at any rate while the rebel army is at *Manaster*. When it has been dispersed or driven out of Virginia Robert may begin to feel like taking his family to Washington, not before; Priscilla may rest assured of that. I hope I shall see them all again soon and in improving health. How did Jere get along with the Schenck girls? Had a pleasant time I spose, of course, naturally would. Now that it seems we are soon to see each other, I am more anxious than ever to meet you. I hope I shall hear by Saturday at farthest, so I can leave on Monday if at all. Love to all. Faithfully thine, Luther



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