Morton Letter, 1865 (page 1)
Letter from Indiana Governor Oliver Morton to President Abraham Lincoln providing an introduction to Mrs. Susan M. Brown and her plight to secure the release of her brother who is being held as a prisoner of war.,State of Indiana
Indianapolis, Jan. 7 1865
This will introduce
Mrs. Susan M. Brown, wife of
Sargean(?) Brown, who desires
an interview with you in
relation to release of her brot
Sconill Letter, 1865 (page 1)
E. A. Sconill writes to Mrs. Brown at the request of her brother Henry B. McLaughlin "a prisoner of war confined at this post." Henry made application to take the oath of allegiance and Sconill believes he is sincere and should be released, but does not have the power to grant his release. On the side of the letter there is a note from President Lincoln dated January 12, 1865 stating that Henry McLaughlin may take the oath and be discharged.,Depot of Prisoners of War, near
Sandusky, Ohio, Jan
Beem Letter, December 1863
This is David Beem's third Christmas letter to his wife since the war began. He speaks longingly of the turkey dinner he is missing at home. Christmas at the camp is just another day with no special meal. Many of the soldiers are drinking more whiskey than normal and celebrating Christmas by getting drunk and shooting their weapons.
Beem Letter, December 1863 (page 4)
to see me right bad? I am sure I want to see
you the baddest in the world, but I can't go without
a leave of absence; and this makes it a question
which only the future can decide. There is one
way, however, by which I could get to go home
for thirty days-- by getting the company to reenlist
and promising to some three more years myself.
Do you advise me to do this?
I presume this is almost long enough to write
when I have nothing to say, and therefore I will
Beem Letter, December 1862 (page 4)
in one of the adjoining Regts. to-day but I did not attend. So you see there is still a spark of the religious element left in the army. While on this subject, I must tell you that Billy Rice lost his Bible in our Battle at Freder= icksburgh on the 13th. I believe it is one that was presented to him, and he regrets it very much. Billy is a good sol= dier, and I think a genuine Christian.
While I am writing I hear a band discoursing sweet
Beem Letter, December 1862 (page 1)
Letter from David Beem to his wife Hala written on Christmas Day while he is serving with Company H of the 14th Indiana Volunteer Regiment in Virginia. Beem tells his wife that Christmas is just another day for the soldiers in the army. Many of the men have chosen to celebrate the holiday by drinking whiskey and spending the day drunk. Beem is homesick and looks forward to Christmases spent at home. He seems to miss the traditional turkey dinner most of all.,Falmouth, Va.,
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
Robert Hutchison, Company "M",9th Cavalry (121st Regiment)
Full portrait of Hutchinson standing by a chair. His pants have a stripe on each leg. He has his hand tucked inside the front of his jacket.,Hutchison was from Rush County, Indiana.
Captain John Jack, Company "E", 9th Cavalry (121st Regiment)
Captain Jack has moderately long hair that is combed back away from his face, and a mustache. He is wearing his uniform jacket. He signed the card "Your friend and fellow soldier.",Captain Jack was from Carthage, in Rush County, Indiana.
Private John W. Sherril, 9th Cavalry (121st Regiment) Company "B", Bugler
Private Sherril is clean-shaven. Only the top button of his uniform jacket is buttoned, revealing some of the shirt worn underneath. He signed the card "Yours Truly.",Private Sherril was from Fortville, in Hancock County, Indiana.
Hospital Steward Thomas J. Adams, Company "I", 9th Cavalry (121st Regiment)
Adams has short hair which is cut over his ears. He has a mustache and chin whiskers, and is wearing his uniform jacket.,Adams was from Danville, in Hendricks County, Indiana.
1st Lieutenant Caleb H. Cooper, Company "E", 9th Cavalry (121st Regiment)
Lieutenant Cooper has curly hair that comes down just over his ears. He has a moustache and chin whiskers. He is wearing his uniform jacket. He signed his card, "Unreservedly, Cale H Cooper.",Lieutenant Cooper was from Newcastle, in Henry County, Indiana.
Cornelius Ruddell, Company "F", 16th Indiana Regiment
Ruddell is clean-shaven and has his hair combed back away from his face. His military jacket is open revealing the dark shirt worn underneath. The picture is mounted in a design printed on the card.,On the back of the card it is noted that Ruddell was born in 1833, in Decatur County, Indiana.
1st Lieutenant John B. Harrod, Company "B", 9th Indiana Cavalry
Harrod has long hair and a full beard. He is wearing his uniform jacket. He signed the card "Yours Truly," with his name and rank.,Harrod was from Greenfield in Hancock County, Indiana.
Memphis Tenn’ Sept 29th 1858Dear George Your welcome letter of the 10th inst was duly received, but as I was at the time contemplating a trip to this place I deferred answering untill now; I was truly glad to learn that though you are in the midst of sickness your health is good. I hope that great boon may long be yours. In your letter you asked for information concerning the Missouri country & c. Well that part where I was during the summer (Iron County) is mountainous altogether too much
Cumberland Hospital Nashville Tenn July the 1st/ 64Friend Kate after so long a time I take my pen to drop you a few lines to let you know where I am I have not heard from you since in May probably you did not get my last letter so I will write again I left the Regt at Kingston So on account of a sore arm I hated to leave but I could not helpe it as I could not bear a gun the boys were doing well there but I tell you they are having hard times the Rebs are very determined and fig
Camp near Acworth Georgia June 14th 1864Cousin Kate Your letter of the 22nd reached me yesterday and I now hasten to reply knowing that you would like to know if I am still alive well Kate your letter found me in good health although I have been exposed to innumerable hardships since I left Indiana our boys are all well that have not been killed or wounded our Regiment has lost heavily since the commencement of this campaign we lost one from Co F at Rocky face Ridge Frank Watkins was
Camp at Blue Springs Tenn March the 3rd 1864Friend Kate I received yours of last month and hasten to answer I would have answered sooner but we have been marching for over a week and I had not the chance we receive an order? Out to see the Rebs an I tell you we found them to our satisfaction we left camp on the 23 of last month for Tunnel Hill we got within two miles of there when our boys took it the Rebs falling back on Dalton the next morning we started around on the right to Re
A receipt to color cotton yellowTo three lbs of cotton take 1 oz of carbonate of potash2 oz. sugar of lead, dissolve the Potash in boiling rain water, and sugar of lead in warm rain water dip first in potash then in sugar of lead N. B. It is said to color wool also color a few of your cotton rags this color “ your wool rags red.,Transcripts provided by previous owner.