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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 is from originals
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To Soule’s mother, Sophia Soule.
Camp Fillmore (near Boone, C.T.)
June 2, 1864
I know you are worrying about me because I have not written for so long, but I am getting out of the notion of
writing and have been busy for the last month fixing up my papers and just as I got them fixed my office was
swept away by the flood and I lost everything I had – papers, letters, clothing, and all – wasn’t I in luck? Blessed
are the poor for they have nothing to lose!
I am now in command of my Company, a hundred brave warriors, ain’t I proud? I am on my way to Fort Lyon. I
do not know where I shall go from there. I may go fight Indians; if I do I will write first so you can be worrying
while I am gone. I received a letter from Em a short time ago; she told me that you was going to stay awhile in
Bangor. I would send you some money by this mail but I am afraid to as the Indians are bad along the road and
may take the coach. I will send some the first safe opportunity. One of my men was killed and two wounded in
an Indian fight last week.
I don’t know what more to write, there is nothing I know of that would interest you. I still suffer with pleasure.
Give my love to all the folks and when you write let me know how you and the girls get along, if you need money,
I have some claims in the mountains that I could have sold a few weeks ago for ten thousand dollars if I had
been there, but if they are worth any think they are worth $50,000. I think I can sell them for that much in a year
from now if they work the mines as they have begun to and they pay as well. Lewis Tappan sold some he had
for $500,000 – just a half million dollars – that was pretty good wasn’t it? Who knows but we are rich! I own fifty
mining claims and there ought to be some good ones and if one of them is good it is a fortune for any one. I will
send you my photograph when I write again.
From your Sonny,
Letters of Silas S. Soule
Letter to Sophia Soule, June 1864
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