Beem Letter, December 1861
Love letter from David Beem to his fiancee Hala (Mahala Joslin) on Christmas Eve while he is serving with Company H of the 14th Indiana Volunteer Regiment in Virginia. Beem talks about the current hardships of their separation but looks forward to a happy future together. He wonders how Hala is spending the holiday and wishes they could be together.
Beem Letter, December 1861 (page 2)
this disappointment will be followed by happier events. Let us
hope for the best, and although it may seem hard now, I doubt
not it will be much brightter for us both in the future.
I am very sorry that I did not get your letter a little sooner.
Supposing that your answer to my letter in which I spoke
about your meeting me at Wheeling would not reach me, I
wrote a similar letter a short time ago, which you will
likely get before this reaches you. But as you think best
Toboggan Scene at the Spiceland Sanitarium
Two men and three women dressed in their winter coats and hats are seated on a toboggan and ready to slide. They are perched at the top of the hill in front of the Spiceland Sanitarium.
Portrait of a Man in a Fraternal Uniform
A man is standing on a porch wearing a fraternal organization uniform with hat and gloves. He has a fringed sash across his chest with a stars and stripes design and he is holding a rapier by the handle.
Portrait of a Prosperous Looking Man in a Bowler Hat
A prosperous looking young man is seated sideways in a chair, his right arm over the back of the chair. He has dark hair and a handlebar mustache. He is wearing a bowler hat, dark jacket, pinstripe pants, high collar and tie.
Portrait of a Man in a Fraternal Organization Uniform
A man wearing the uniform of a fraternal organization poses in the photographer's studio. The uniform consists of a feathered hat, long jacket and pants, gloves, and belt with sword. The letters PE are on the belt buckle.
Portrait of a Young Man With a Pearl Stickpin
A young man with a slight wave in his hair poses in the photographer's studio. He wears a dark suit, white shirt with a high collar, a pearl stickpin in his tie, and a handkerchief in his pocket.
Portrait of a Young Couple
A young man and woman are seated side by side in the photographer's studio. Her hair is curly and is parted in the middle and pulled back. She is wearing a patterned blouse with ruffled collar and a plain skirt. He is wearing a dark suit and bowtie with a white shirt. His dark hair is parted in the middle and slicked down.
Portrait of a Young Woman in a Linen Blouse
Portrait of a young woman wearing a linen blouse trimmed with lace. Her dark hair is pulled back and tied with a ribbon. She is also wearing a watch on a chain around her neck.
Family Portrait on the Front Porch
A man and woman and their daughter pose for the camera on the porch of their house. The parents are standing and the little girl sits in a rocker with a cat in her lap and a collie behind her. It is a summer day with the trees and flowers in bloom.
Portrait of a Man with Muttonchop Sideburns and Mustache
Portrait of a man with blonde hair, muttonchop sideburns and a mustache. He is wearing a light suit and vest with a high collar and a dark tie. He is looking to his right in three quarter view.
Portrait of a Young Man
This young man poses for the photographer in dark suit, tie, vest, and a light patterned shirt. He is clean shaven with his dark hair neatly combed and parted.
Company boys who had been home on furlough informed me that such was the case, that is all I heard about it, that is why I said you were partial to the name is your Anderson fellow of that name? If so be very careful for men of that name are very inconstant you know that though without my telling it to you I am very sorry to hear that you had such a bad time at the fair I would have been there myself, but my business was of such a character that I couldn’t very well leave it I suppose it
of Sulphur told me about it it is So Bad to think about so many of the Boys being Killed I suppose you have heard of the death of Mahlon Hendricks & John Modlin? Of the 36th Regt I also hear that Francis Sanders is dead though I cannot vouch for the truth of it Kate I Just tell you the Boys are nearly all gone that come from our Neighborhood it nerely kills me some when I get thinking about it oh how I miss them there is Ike McCllelan and Martin Conner Lewis Yost Mel Hendricks, John Modl
were sent to this camp. There was eleven from our regiment. We are inside the fortress I am going to stay here all summer and perhaps until my time is out if I get along all right dont tell anybody I said so I never expect to get into another fight if I can help it. Unless those rebs will attack us here, and if they do that they will get the worst whipping they ever got. Old Rosy never was defeated yet. He won eighteen victories. The rebels moved up on Shelbyville Pike within five miles
for duty for the last two weeks, but am once more all right, and I am very glad of it too, my sickness commenced with the Diarrhoea and pain in my back and shoulder. I think it was caused by the exposure at the battle oF Shiloh. We laid in the rain several days without a cloth or blankets and that was enough to sicken any person. There is a great deal of sickness in the army now. I must tell you that our quartermaster died about two hours ago. It is J. W. Connell, he used to be our first lie
When I picture to myself the good time we might have together among those Quaker girls and the Satisfaction of working together once more, I almost regret my Step. But I hope all will come out all right yet. There might be a chance to be such a termination of affairs as would enable me yet to accept your offer, though I hardly expect such a thing. At least for the present, I can give you no encouragement to that effect. I am perfectly got down at the news of those joining the church. Most of
Nashville and did not get it for some time after it come but they saybetter late than neverI had a good time goingto Nashville and coming back It being the firsttime I had been on anySuch excursions for a longtime. As I come back IStoped at the the Regt. AndStayed two days it wasa pleasant visit to meafter a months absenceyou spoke of your correspondentyou once had in the old Regthe was an intimate friend of mine I have often heardhim speak of you hewas a fine young man but alas how often our
lines present a formidable appearanceand woe betide the Rebel horde who shallever attempt to scale their walls many a known Rebel will be called to his last accountbefore he walks the streets of Chattanoogaexcept it to be as a “Prisoner of war” Bragg’sHeadquarters can be seen from our camp the whole Rebel Army is within a cannonshot of town yesterday we underwent a bombardment they shelled the town; a few shellsburst in our camp, no one was hurt thatI heard of, we are expecting a fighthe
neglect I really did not mean it for I believe you have answered my other letter and that it has been lost I got a letter from Mollie R. the other day She is an interesting correspondent a kind and good girl one that impressed me favorably at first sight nor has the esteem I then had for her changed yet I wish her better perhaps I may when I return from the army She has a feeling for the Soldiers in the field as she has lost a brother who was a soldier too She is a good girl and I like he