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141st New York Soldiers Letter – Arlington Heights March 25th, 1863 – William S. McCrea Writes of their Accommodations: “We have found that the rats had possession before we did & our cat has deserted, probably having reconnoitered the place before & ascertained the strength of the enemy she had to deal with.”
The writer, William McCrea, served in Company G of the 141st New York State Volunteers. He writes, “We are now occupying barracks made of logs & situated on dry ground. The place we moved from was a mud hole. These barracks were built by the 25th Maine Regt. They have been in them for about 6 months, but left for the front yesterday morning.”

“The building I occupy is a nice big log house with a large fireplace on one side, a good floor & plenty of room, which contrasted with a small tent with a little stove on one corner & a floor of mud, is very comfortable quarters.”

According to the Civil War Database the rats must have won as William died from disease.

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