Letter from Samuel B. Reed to Wife and Family, June 26, 1864

In this letter from June 26, 1864, Samuel Reed writes to his wife and family describing his hard work over the previous week. Reed also mentions the recent change in his diet, as he caught two brook trout and another member of the party shot an antelope.

We are all glad of a day of rest vouchsafed to us. The past week has been one of hard labor to all of my party. The route has been difficult and the brush thick, making hard work for all hands. Last evening while the cook and night guard were moving camp, the nimrod of the party shot a fine large antelope. We have been feasting on the same today. It is a rare treat. We have had bread and bacon so long. After supper this evening, I caught two fine trout in the brook that makes music over the rocks in front of our tent.

About this Document

  • Source: Letter from Samuel B. Reed to Wife and Family
  • Citation: Nebraska State Historical Society, Samuel Reed Papers (Union Pacific Railroad Collection), MS 3761, Unit 1, Subgroup 14, Series 1, Box 2, Letters to Wife and Family
  • Date: June 26, 1864