The great object is accomplished and I am now content to rest.


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Headquarters 206th Pennsylvania Volunteers
Richmond, Virginia June 18th 1865




My Darling Wife,



I am seated this Sabbath evening to reply to a dear letter just received from you. I have written three letters since arriving here and received the same number from you. I am at leisure now more than I have had since I have been Quartermaster as my business is at a stand and will have some rest till after we are mustered out when I will have some work as I will have tents and camp equipage to turn in for the officers which will be considerable work but I think I can do it.



I think that by Wednesday we will be mustered out and then we will start for Pittsburg and a few days there and then home. How glad I shall be when that quiet spot looms again in view. To see that loved face, to feel the kind caress of my darling wife whom I have so long been separated from and who I so long to see. I was over to see Dr. Hughes this morning and promised to go back this evening but I loaned my horse and he did not get back for some time and when he did come he was too warm to ride so I waited for another opportunity. The Dr. is well and will go home on a visit sure next week so he says about the time we expect to get home.



I thank Father for his kindness in paying that order and I will repay him as soon as I get home, which I hope to be in a very short time.



If no unforseen misfortune occurs, you will not have long to wait to see the one you so long to see. I feel the time long till I get home but shall bear the anxiety as patiently as possible and hope though it may prove a few days longer than at present anticipated, the meeting will be more joyous. Would that I could fold you in my arms tonight knowing that there would be no military law to separate us again or civil war to disturb our land. The great object is accomplished and I am now content to rest. I can turn my attention to business without any distracting or startling accounts of war to annoy me.



I have no other news to write so I will close hoping that before this reaches you I shall be hastening to where you are. You need not write again for I think that before another letter can come, I shall be on my way home. My love to all. Kind heaven permitting, I will be permitted to tell you more than I can write in a few days.



From your affectionate and loving 

Husband, 
Clay Campbell

Mrs. H. C. Campbell, 
Punxsutawney, 
Jefferson 
Co PA

Henry Clay Campbell enlisted in Company A of the 105th Pennsylvania Infantry on September 9, 1861 at the age of 18 years old.  He was from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.  He served with the "Wildcat Regiment" until August of 1862, when he was discharged for disability.  By that point he was a veteran soldier and his service was not complete.  In August of 1864 he married Mary S. Davis, just before re-enlisting to fight with the 206th Pennsylvania Infantry.  He was commissioned 1st Lieutenant of Company B and served with the unit until the close of the war.  The 206th PA saw no heavy combat, but they were among the first Federal regiments to march into the city of Richmond once it fell.  They also served for a time as the Provost Guard at Lynchburg, Virginia.  After returning from the war, Campbell became a member of the Jefferson County Bar Association and practiced as a lawyer until 1905.  He then returned home to Punxsutawney, PA.  With Mary he had four children and was an active member of the Captain Little Post of the GAR.  Campbell died in 1920 and is buried in Circle Hill Cemetery in Punxsutawney, PA.   

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