Ltr #1 Election of Officers, by H. B. Talbert
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omitted to save space][Remember the nameGeorge K. Wilcoxon,Harrison B. Talbert'sbunk mate.]_____________[In the upper left cornerof page 1 is a red, white,and blue print of asmoking cannon withthe U.S. flag in thebackground.]Indianapolis wednesdayAugust the 14th 1861
Dear Father & Mother
Brothers & Sisters
I sit down to write you a few lines. I am as well as common and well satisfied and in fine spirits. I hope this will find you all well, and contented with the way I have done. [Harrison B. Talbert being a Quaker was concerned about being disowned by his family.] We are not mustered [enlisted] into service yet nor I dont know when we will be. Colonel Wood has promised to muster us in every day for the last four or five days and we cant leave till we are mustered in (or examined). Nor I cant tell when I will be at home, but I will be at home against Seventhday [Saturday] night if I can. George Wilcoxon and me bunks together. George is in fine spirits but we are getting tired of laying around and doing nothing. We have elected our officers and are ready to go to work as soon as we are mustered into service. There is two first Lieutenants, Cockefair is our first Lieut., and Armington is the second First Lieut. L Thrasher Second Lieut. If there is any of the boys in our settlement that wants to volunteer in this company [Third Indiana Battery] tell them to come ahead they still take volunteers.
You must excuse [me] for not writing more for I expect to be at home before long so nothing more at present but remain your affectionate son
[It was almost two years before Harrison got home for the first time.]