Solomon G. Heaton to Family

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Camp Lyon nearWashingtonJuly The 30 1861Dear Father & Mother

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I now take my pen in hand to write a few lines to you I am well & hope that you are the same I have [  ] enjoyed myself very much I will try and give you a little account of my self journey when we left Camp Baxter there there were not much among the people but when we down to Bradford the cannon rattled away pretty good but did not stop and when we down below White River Junction it was nothing but one continual ovation and when we down to there we and got some refreshments & stop

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about one half hour and Then we went on as far as Springfield Mass and then about one hour and there we was received with great pleasure there was about 5 thousand people to see us and The fireman there gave us a good treat and from there we went to Hartford and there we had a good Time I tell you and from there we went to New Haven it dark we did not have such a good time as in some other places but there was a Great number of folks to see us although it dark and from there we went to Jersey City and there we about 4 or 5 hours and from there we went to Philadelphia and when we reached there I cant the that was shown to our soldiers there

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when we got there and got of from the cares one of we marched up on to Washington Street and when we got there a nice supper was waiting for us and I never see such a crowd of Ladies and Gentleman to take [ ] us by the hand and with tears in eyes bid us god speed we in that city all night and our cares was all most with the crowd and we left there the people said that they wished could there longer I shall always remember that city as long as I live and from there we went to Baltimore and a more quite a place I never see we see the six was and from there we went to Washington and from there we went to our present camp which we occupy we

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we have the most advance post on the Potomac some our Officers expect an attack soon we are under the orders of Major General MC McLeland we are about 14 miles from run we dont expect to commence an attack till about the first of and then if you dont hears of some hard fighting then we Vermont boys fight my health is first rate I never felt better in my life If I should live a out of this scrape I dont no at I shall come home as all I like this climate first rate I dont no of any more to write at present so good for the present

Solomon Heaton

ps direct your letter to Camp Lyon near Washington Georgetown District of Colombia