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1st Vermont Cavalry

Mitchell John Finney
1st Vermont Cavalry, Company E

Enlisted 9 Jan 1862, Burlington, VT
Discharged 19 Jan 1865, Camp Russell
     Winchester, VA

Born: 25 Dec 1844, Burlington, VT
Married: 6 May 1868, Huntington, VT
     Caroline Ellen Mason
Died: 9 Jan 1928, Malone, NY
Buried: South Hill, Hinesburgh Cemtery
     Hinesburgh, VT

A Letter to his Future Wife

Mitchell J. Finney
Co. E, 1st Vermont Cavalry
Washington, D.C.
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Camp 1st Vermont Cavalry
Near the Matapaney River, Va.
May 31, 1864

Dear Friend Carrie

I received your kined and welcom letter in due time and was glad to hear from you and to know you are well.

I am well as usale and am ancious for November to come for my time is out then, and if I do get out of this scrape I will ceep out, and not get catch again.

Orange has got back to the Regment he came back yesterday I don't know bet he will think I am trying to cut him for I belive he is wrighting to you but I guess it will be all wright in the end don't you think so

As for news thare is none that would intress you very much it is Fighting wether now days thare is a hard Fight to day the Cannan roars like Thunder.

I am in hopes that this war will be over by next fall for I have got sick of Soldiaring but I have not got onley six months more to stay out hear and then I will have joley times next
winter I want to dance the first Figure with you will you agree to that and the next with Martha I guess I have wrighting as much as you will want to read this time now if you think this is worth answering I shuld like to have you

I don't want you to show this to to Harriett for it might make hur feal bad

This must do for this time

This From you Friend    Mitchell J. Finney    Co. E    1st Vermont Cav.

May you be Hevan _________ care
May you the love of a Thousan share
May your days most happy be
And now fare distant think of me

      M.J. Finney Esq.

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Carrie: Caroline Ellen Mason of Hinesburgh, VT. M.J. Finney married Caroline Ellen Mason on 6 May 1868 in Huntington, VT.

Orange: Orange A. Baldwin, 1st VT Cavalry, Co. C, long time friend of M.J. Finney & Caroline Mason.

Harriett: Harriet Mason, older sister of Caroline. Orange Baldwin married Harriet Mason on 11 Oct 1865 in Hinesburgh, VT. He died in 1917.

Source: Letter and tintype contributed by Bette Mott, Montpelier, great-granddaughter of Mitchell John Finney.