* Francis M. Field, private, Company H. Nineteen letters written from September 14, 1862 to April 17, 1863.
well David i would like for you to be her in camp with me a few days, i think you would
see anuff ove soldering to do you with ought trying it. i think that i will have to stay in
canetucky and git me a woman and bring along back to Ohio with me. there is more
black wimen down here that there is whight wimen. tell the folks at home that i am all
wright and very well satisfied but i would like to be at home and have mother to git
breekfast and super once and a while. it would be a litel nicer than to eat hard crackers
I take this opportunity to direct you a few lines to let you know that I am well & hope
these few lines may find you enjoying the same blessing. But poor Mark is dead, he died
before I wrote the last letter to you, but little did I think such a thing then or I never would
have been there. The Doctor said that he knew that Marcus would lie a week before he
died & ever time I went to see him he said he was getting along fine & would soon be
well & I thought it so or I never would have went on the march but the Doctor knew he
would not live over two days & knew that our camp would go along on that march & never
said a word & Mark died two days afterwards & they had no chance to send me word nor
they did not know where we were at the time. But I'll remember the doctor. I had a good
talk with him since we came back & talked a little to plain to suit him & liked to have got
in the guard house but I will have a settlement if we both live till this war is over.
* Hamilton Greer, corporal, Company C (later promoted to 2nd Lieutenant, Company B and 1st Lieutenant, Company H). Fours letters to his wife written from April 4, 1864 to July 23, 1864. From the Howard Greer Collection, The Center for Western Studies, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
We still keep hopeful and believe the time is not far distant when the South will give up
the contest. Oh! Haste the day! I have confidence in the ability of our government to
suppress the Rebellion and in the justice of our cause. I still think I shall be spared to
return home and enjoy a happy life with my family. It may not be. I may fall in the field of
battle, but not without faith in our Lord that all will be well. I feel more of the comforting
influence of a saving faith in Christ Jesus than I have ever felt in years past. I think I can
say Thy will be done. I need not say to you to pray for us. I know you do. I know we are
constantly on your mind.
* Lovell Henslee, sergeant, Company K. One letter, to his wife, dated June 7, 1863
I believe my deare I have never gave you a description of the Ladys of this part of the
contry nor do i intend to know, for it would be usless for me to attemp Sutch as think as I
could not do them Justice. They visit our Camp every day with Stuf to Sell to the Boyes.
They know a nought to ask big prices for there eatables but the Boyes Cheat them out of
there eyes. There is none of them that have any education, give them five cents and they
will take it for twenty five cents. They generally go way worse off than they Came. One of
our Boys works a prety Sharp game but I wont Say an honest one, he takes his coffie
and makes it without grinding and dyes [dries] it and then trades it to them.
* William Humphreys, private, Company C. One letter, to his mother, dated April 4, 1864, from Andersonville prison. Transcription is accompanied by scan of original letter.
I am alive yet and I think that I will be able to worey it throug the Storm yet if nothing
turns up. I dont want you to fret about me fore I will doe the best I know how. I have wrote
one letter hom but have recieved no answer yet and I told you to send me a Box of
* William Alexander Kirkland, private, Company D. Five letters written from August 17, 1862 to April 20, 1863, four from Kirkland and one from Army official advising Kirkland's parents of his death.
Sir, I take my pen in hand to inform you that I am well and hope that you are the same. I
don't know that I have got very much to write about this time. Company D and two or
three more Companys were out on a scout and have just returned. I did not get to go as
I was detailed to stay and guard the baggage and very glad of it this morning for the boys
are complaining about there feet being so sore. Some of them saying that there feet are
all blistered. Jo Griffin says that his feet are as big as a hens ass. Jo is a great boy.
* Newton M. Thomas, private, Company A. Two letters, one dated February 12, 1863 and one February 26, 1863, to his sweetheart in Ohio.
I am getting along as well as any one could expect. I am well pleased and well satisfied.
we have some vary lively times at our house plenty to eat and plenty to drink all kinds of
chicken fixens. the best of all we have two pirty ladys at our house to get up all thoes
things. they are vary lively and fool of fun. they are vary good hands to crack seom good
jokes with the boys. one is from mish and the other is a Ky and they are bouth Union
teath and toenail. that is more than some of the boys are that I left be hind. if you come a cross any secesh just let them pass down this way and we will take care of them for they
are like poison to us