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Beaumont-this is a little village on the Nechez-the streets kneedeep
in mud-dark & raining got into a house after some trouble-the
people would not get up-so that we had to hunt up wood & make
a fire when we spread our blankets on the floor & had a pretty good
night of it. I had none but a fellow soldier shared his with me-In
the morning I found there was no Boat going to the Bluff for a
week or ten days-I had transportation on but the Quartermaster
could not send me-boarding lo$ p. day-I was in a fix-I did'nt
know what to do-Whi  st marching around in the mud I went
into the Hospital to try & do something for two soldiers that were
in the same fix-on their way to their Command in La-I introduced
myself [to] the Dr who I found very clever-he allowd the men to
stay some days with him & put me in the way of getting off-I went
to Q. M again &e told him that I must go on S& I would go on any
thing-so he gave me an old mule & I put in double quick? We
worked our way through in course of time & got safely to this ultima
Thule on Wednesday at night-I have been here now 4 days-I have
not had time to explore the beauties of the place-one thing is well-
I am at no expense-The Hospital affords me lodging & board-
quite comfortable I have a room to myself-fire & lights ink & paper.
There are about 6 or 7 patients all convalesents The Dr has just
come in from the country-he does a brisk practice outside the Hos-
pital-I must get a Poney, by some hook or crook. I went into the
country last ev'ning to buy a poney-If I only had old sam I could
make him earn his mush. I am entitled to feed for two horses-try &
sell Sam for what he will bring. I can get a Poney for 2 or 300. I
think. I will make something out of this charming spot yet if I can
manage to get a horse-something ought to be made to pay one for
staying here. I will get some paper tomorrow & write next time more
to my satisfaction-How do you all get along-how is Dick? tell him
to write-I hope Bud was not much sick-If I could only be assured
that you all kept well-This is all that gives me uneasiness-you must
have no uneasiness on my account-I am doing first rate. It may turn
out a better birth than they thought it at Houston-Nobody wanted
it-Direct your letters to
E A Pye Asst. Surg. Niblett's Bluff
The house stands on the bank of the river-but I hav'nt caught a
fish yet. I will have some after awhile-love to all my little ones &
Good night-God keep you all
Ys E A Pye
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