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17054  11th Missouri    Letter from 1st Lieut. P. F. Clark to his
grandfather.  “Benton Barracks, Mo. Aug 11th 1863.  Dear
Grandfather, Through the mercies of our indulgent Father I am
permitted to write you a few lines which leaves me in good health and
spirits believing that I am discharging my duty to my country and in
my weak and imperfect way to my God and believing in the
righteousness of our cause and the justness of an overreaching
Providence.  I cannot help but feel sanguine of success although rivers
of patriotic blood has been shed and many more yet may fall ere this
wicked rebellion is crushed….I just returned…the rebels are mostly
killed and driven from the SW that is the most quiet part of the state at
this time. The troubles and trials of this war is telling on my wife and
mother.  Another has lost a son, my wife a brother and all held most….
daily exposed to the guerillas deadly rifle.  All this slowly but surely is
bearing them down to their graves…..”     Missing the lower right
corner of the letter.   $85