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The letters of Silas S. Soule 1861 – 1864
Recounting His Experiences in the Colorado Territory
Transcribed from his actual letters in Denver Library Western History Dept.
Some misspellings are left as it from originals
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To Soule’s mother, Sophia Soule.
Guadeloupe Conejos, Colorado Territory
Feb. 22, 1864
I received a letter from you this morning, the first I have had in a long time. I should have answered your last
letter but I have not written to any body for so long that I have forgotten how; besides I have been busy on
Recruiting service and as I have been well and hearty, thought it would make no difference. I am now down to
the edge of New Mexico, but will return to Denver in a few days, when I am in hopes to get a Lt. Colonel’s
Commission to go to Idaho territory to assist in raising a new Regament. I now have a Capt. Commission, but
have no money, having spent it on recruiting service, but will have some soon and if you want any let me know
and I will raise it for you. Our luck was not very good in Kansas, but we will not know the difference ten years
I got a letter from Will a few weeks ago, but have not answered it. I have not heard from Em or Annie for a long
time. I suppose Lawrence is built up again most as good as new. Mrs. Boynton has gone back to Kansas.
Stearns’ folks are still in Central doing well I think. Geo. Cutter is out in Idaho Territory, but is not doing much, I
think. I keep on in the even tenor of my ways enjoying myself all the time wheather I am strapped or have plenty
of money it makes no difference to me.
I hope you don’t have the blues any more, but I expect you do. Don’t you wish you was as contented as me?
We had a funeral here yesterday. Two of the soldiers of my escort got in a row with some Mexicans a night or
two ago and one soldier and two Mexicans was wounded. The soldier is dead and I think one of the Mexicans
will pass in his checks in a few days. Now I don’t know, Mother, as I can write any thing that will interest you in
the least. I suppose all you want to know from this country is that I am well and getting along first rate. If I don’t
go to Idaho I will try and get a furlough and give you a visit in the spring. If I do perhaps Annie will come to
Kansas with me. I hope her eyes will get well. Give my love to all the folks. How are our Woolwich relations?
Your Sonny Wonny,
(Direct to Denver as before)
Letters of Silas S. Soule
Letter to Sophia Soule, Feb. 1864
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