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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.
Fort Lyon, C.T.
July 29, 1864
I received a letter from you last week and should have answered it before, but expected Mr. Haines would start
every day and I wanted to send by him as he is going right by Bangor. I send you two hundred dollars in
Greenbacks by him thinking it will be safer than the mail, for it is rather risky sending money east now for the
Indians and the Guerellers are plenty on the road. I find it no use for me to try and save any money in the Army
without I send it to you for I spend all I get, in fact it costs about two dollars a day to live without spending money
foolishly, and when I have money you know I don’t care much about expenses, so I guess I will send some every
pay day after paying my debts and go on tick. I want you to spend money when I send it to you as though it did
not cost any thing. Get good clothes and live well, for if you don’t spend it I will. All I care for is to have part of
the farm in Kansas to live on when I get out of the service.
I suppose I shall be in three years longer. I like it and I will enjoy myself hugely if I can only send you money
enough to live comfortable. I think I shall go down and see you next winter on furlough. I wrote to Annie last
week. I don’t think she had best go to Kansas at present as I expect there will be more fighting in Kansas this fall
than there ever was before. They are fortifying Leavenworth now. Price’s army is disbanded and I believe they
will play a lively string bush wacking the borders of Missourie and Kansas. I got a letter a week or two from Em
and answered it. Did she get the photograph? Would you know that it was me?
I am still at Lyon and expect to remain, but cannot tell. We have sent five companies after Indians, and left the
companies at the post. I expect Major Wynkoop will go to Denver in a day or two. If he does, I shall be in
command of the post. Won’t I put on style? I suppose you think I spend a good deal of money, but when you
consider that it costs sixty dollars for a coat, twenty for a pair of pants, sixteen for a pair of boots, ten for a hat,
and six and a half apiece for shirts, it counts up and you know a Captain has to wear good clothes.
I had a birthday the 26th, I suppose you know. I am 26 years old, most old enough to marry, ain’t I? Well it is
late and the mosquitoes are troublesome. I guess I will close. I went to a show tonight and saw a man turn his
joints out of shape for a dollar, so you see we are quite civilized in this country.
Give my love to every body and tell them that I should be glad to hear from them. Don’t fret if you don’t hear
from me once a year, for if I get killed you will hear of it soon enough. I have not heard from Will for a long time.
I don’t know where to write, and if I did, I don’t suppose he would get it.
Your Sonny Sile
Letters of Silas S. Soule
Letter to Sophia Soule, July 1864
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