HETRICK, JOHN

Local History Collections

Collection ID: LH-258
Location: LH-258

(Description ID: 595338)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

John Hetrick

LH-258


Introduction
Biographical Sketch
Scope and Content
Inventory
Transcriptons

Introduction
The Civil War correspondence of John Hetrick was donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center by his descendants in 1993. The Center holds additional manuscript collections containing Civil War correspondence of men who served in the 72nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

Biographical Sketch
John Hetrick, son of George and Catherine (Henricks) Hetrick, was born in Sandusky County, Ohio, April 4, 1840. On January 5, 1861, he married Josephine C. Ribel. Nine months later, John enlisted as a private in Co. C of the 72nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry organized in Sandusky County. In February of 1862, he left Ohio with the regiment destined for Paducah, Kentucky. He took part in the Battle of Shiloh in April of 1862. George Hetrick, Jr., brother of John, joined the 72nd OVI six months later. He served as a substitute for Peter Hetrick, a third brother. John participated in all of the engagements involving the 72nd with the exception of the Battle of Guntown. At that time, he was on detached service delivering prisoners to Vicksburg. Disillusioned with "soldiering" and concerned about his health, Hetrick did not re-enlist in February of 1864. He was formally discharged December 14, 1864. Upon his arrival home, John, his wife Josephine, and daughter Alice (born shortly after his enlistment) immediately departed for Eaton County, Michigan. John purchased a farm near the village of Dimondale where he and Josephine raised six children. Upon John's retirement from farming, he and Josephine moved into the village of Dimondale. John died in 1934 at the home of his eldest child in Lansing, Michigan.

Scope and Content
The bulk of the collection consists of the letters written by John Hetrick to his wife during his term of service as a private in Co. C, 72nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry from February of 1862 through November of 1864. The remaining letters were written by Sandusky County family members to the Hetricks during their first years in Eaton County, Michigan. Hetrick's letters document the activities and movements of the 72nd, particularly during the regiment's time in and around Memphis, Tennessee. In addition, Hetrick provides a first-hand account of the rear-guard action at Old Town Creek where the regiment's beloved Major Eugene Rawson was mortally wounded.

Inventory
Ac. 5260
50 items

Correspondence, 1862-1892

CORRESPONDENCE, 1862 (JOHN HETRICK TO JOSEPHINE C. HETRICK):

     To JCH dtd "Paduckey Cantuckey," 23 Feb 1862 lp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Near Corenth," 3 May 1862 lp ALS
     To JCH dtd n.p., n.d. lp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Memphis, Tennessee," 3 Aug 1862 2pp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Memphis, Tennessee Fort Pickering," 8 Sep 1862 2pp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Memphis, Tennessee Fort Pickering," 23 Sep 1862 lp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Memphis, Tennessee Fort Pickering," 14 Nov 1862 lp ALS

CORRESPONDENCE, 1863 (JOHN HETRICK TO JOSEPHINE C. HETRICK):

     To JCH dtd "Camp near Moscow Tennessee," 2 Jan 1863 lp ALS
     To JCH dtd n.p., 3 Feb 1863 lp ALS
     To JCH dtd "White Station, Tennessee," 7 Feb 1863 2pp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Wight Station, tenesee," 10 Mar 1863 2pp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Camp near Hellena Arcansan," 18 Mar [18]63 lp AL John Hetrick (incomplete)
     To JCH dtd "Camp near Vixburk," 24 May 1863 lp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Camp Near Vixburk," 9 Jun 1863 lp ALS
     To JCH dtd n.p., 25 Jun 1863 lp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Camp at Black river, Miss," 5 Jly 1863 lp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Camp near Bears Crick", 28 Jly 1863 2pp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Camp at Bears Crick," 6 Aug 1863 2pp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Camp on Oak Ridge Miss," 6 Sep 1863 2pp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Vicksburgk Mississippi," 20 Oct 1863 2pp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Camp Near Vickburk," 27 Oct 1863 2pp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Camp Near Vicksburg," 2 Nov 1863 2pp, ALS
     To JCH dtd "Germantown tenn," 19 Nov 1863 lp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Memphis," 26 Nov 1863 lp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Germantown tennesee," 1 Dec 1863 lp ALS
     To JCH dtd "German town tennesee," 22 Dec 1863 ALS

CORRESPONDENCE, 1864 (JOHN HETRICK TO JOSEPHINE C. HETRICK):

     To JCH dtd "Germantown Tennesee," 15 Jan 1864 4pp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Memphis Tennesee," 25 Feb 1864 lp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Memphis, Tennesee," 9 Apr 1864 lp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Memphis Tennesee," 10 May 1864 2pp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Memphis Tennesee," 1 Jun 1864 lp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Memphis Tennesee," 16 Jun 1864 lp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Memphis Tennesee," 27 Jun 1864 lp ALS
     To JCH dtd "LaGrange Tennesee," 25 Jun 1864 2pp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Memphis tennesee," 24 Jly 1864 2pp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Memphis, Tennesee," 28 Jly 1864 lp ALS
     To JCH dtd "Memphis Tennesee," 30 Aug 1864 2pp ALS
     To JCH dtd "State of MO Town of Otterville," 19 Oct 1864 2pp ALS
     To "my dear husband" [John Hetrick) dtd Washington Township Sandusky County Ohio,"
        1 Nov 1864 2pp Josephine Hetrick ALS
     To JCH dtd "St. Louis," 21 Nov 1864 lp ALS

CORRESPONDENCE TO JOHN & JOSEPHINE C. HETRICK, 1865-1892:

     To "Dear brother" [John Hetrick] dtd "east Port Miss," 24 Jan 1[8]65 (written for brother 
         George Hetrick by W.H. Myers with an added note by Myers) lp W.H. Myers ALS
     To "My dear son" [John Hetrick] dtd "Fremont Sandusky County Ohio," 31 Mar 1865
         Catherine Hetrick ALS; "now brother" [John Hetrick] Peter G Hetrick, Maryan Hetrick ALS
         (brother and sister-in-law of John Hetrick)
     To "Son in law & Daughters" [John Hetrick and ?] dtd Fremont, Ohio, 3 Aug 1865 lp
         Eve Himmelberger, Moses Himmelberger ALS
     To "my dear brother" [John Hetrick] dtd "Fremont Sandusky County," 1 Feb 1866 lp
         Peter G. Hetrick, Maryan Hetrick [brother and sister-in-law of John Hetrick] ALS
     To "My Dear Brother," (John Hetrick] dtd n.p., 5 Dec 1869 Daniel and Sarah Hensel lp ALS
     To "Dear Wife" (Josephine C. Hetrick] dtd "Camp Alger Washington, D.C., 23 Sep 1892
         2pp John Hetrick ALS

MISCELLANEOUS DOCUMENTS:

     Printed copies of 72nd OVI Reunion Minutes (2) 1885, 1886
     Discharge Certificate of Pvt. John Hetrick, 14 Dec 1864
     Printed copy of poem entitled "Reward of Merit" by Levi C. Wolfe, Teacher, n.d.

TRANSCRIPTIONS OF THE LETTERS OF JOHN HETRICK by LORIE NEUMAN

Index/Inventory
Correspondence, 1862-1892 51 items

1862 Correspondence: 

Letter 1 To JCH dtd “Paduckey Cantuckey,” 23 Feb 1862 1p
Letter 2 To JCH dtd “Near Corenth,” 3 May 1862 1p
Letter 3 To JCH dtd n.p., n.d. 1p
Letter 4 To JCH dtd Memphis, Tennessee,” 3 Aug 1862 2pp Included two soldier’s hymns
Letter 5 To JCH dtd Memphis, Tennessee Fort Pickering,” 8 Sep 1862 2pp (portions illegible)
Letter 6 To JCH dtd Memphis, Tennessee Fort Pickering,” 23 Sep 1862 1p
Letter 6b To JCH dtd Memphis, Tennessee Fort Pickering,” 23 Sep 1862 1p
Letter 7 To JCH dtd Memphis, Tennessee Fort Pickering,” 14 Nov 1862 1p

1863 Correspondence:

Letter 8 To JCH dtd “Camp near Moscow Tennessee,” 2 Jan 1863 1p
Letter 9 To JCH dtd n.p., 3 Feb 1863 1p
Letter 10 To JCH dtd “White Station, Tennessee,” 7 Feb 1863 2pp
Letter 11 To JCH dtd “Wite Station, tenesee,” 10 Mar 1863 2pp
Letter 12 To JCH dtd “Camp near Hellena Arcansan,” 18 Mar [18]63 1p AL John Hetrick (incomplete)
Letter 13 To JCH dtd “Camp near Vixburk,” 24 May 1863 1p
Letter 14 To JCH dtd “Camp near Vixburk,” 9 Jun 1863 1p
Letter 15 To JCH dtd n.p., 25 Jun 1863 1p
Letter 16 To JCH dtd “Camp at Black river, Miss,” 5 Jly 1863 1p
Letter 17 To JCH dtd “Camp near Bears Crick,” 28 Jly 1863 2pp
Letter 18 To JCH dtd “Camp at Bears Crick,” 6 Aug 1863 2pp
Letter 19 To JCH dtd “Camp on Oak Ridge Miss,” 6 Sep 1863 2pp
Letter 20 To JCH dtd “Vicksburgk Mississippi,” 20 Oct 1863 2pp
Letter 21 To JCH dtd “Camp Near Vickburk,” 27 Oct 1863 2pp
Letter 22 To JCH dtd “Camp Near Vicksburg,” 2 Nov 1863 2pp
Letter 23 To JCH dtd Germantown tenn,” 19 Nov 1863 1p
Letter 24 To JCH dtd Memphis,” 26 Nov 1863 1p
Letter 25 To JCH dtd “Germantown Tennesee,” 1 Dec 1863 1p
Letter 26 To JCH dtd Germantown tennesee,” 22 Dec 1863

1864 Correspondence:

Letter 27 To JCH dtd “Germantown Tennesee,” 15 Jan 1864 4pp
Letter 28 To JCH dtd “Memphis Tennesee,” 25 Feb 1864 1p
Letter 29 To JCH dtd Memphis, Tennesee,” 9 Apr 1864 1p
Letter 30 To JCH dtd “Memphis Tennesee,” 10 May 1864 2pp
Letter 31 To JCH dtd “Memphis Tennesee,” 1 Jun 1864 1p
Letter 32 To JCH dtd “Memphis Tennesee,” 16 Jun 1864 1p
Letter 33 To JCH dtd “Memphis Tennesee,” 27 Jun 1864 1p
Letter 34 To JCH dtd “LaGrange Tennesee,” 25 Jun 1864 2pp
Letter 35 To JCH dtd Memphis tennesee,” 24 Jly 1864 2pp
Letter 36 To JCH dtd “Memphis Tennesee,” 28 Jly 1864 1p
Letter 37 To JCH dtd “Memphis Tennesee,” 30 Aug 1864 2pp
Letter 38 To JCH dtd “State of MO Town of Otterville,” 19 Oct 1864 2pp
Letter 39 To “my dear husband” [John Hetrick] dtd Washington Township
    Sandusky County Ohio,
” 1 Nov 
1864 2pp from Josephine C. Hetrick to John Hetrick
Letter 40 To JCH dtd St. Louis,” 21 Nov 1864 1p (portions illegible)
Letter 41 Discharge papers
Letter 42 To “Dear brother” [John Hetrick] dtd “east Port Miss,” 24 Jan 1[8]65 (written for
    brother George 
Hetrick by W.H. Myers with an added note by Myers) 1p W.H. Myers
Letter 43 To “My dear son” [John Hetrick] dtd “Fremont Sandusky County Ohio,” 31 Mar 1865 Catherine
    Hetrick; “now brother” [John Hetrick] Peter G. Hetrick, Maryan Hetrick (brother and sister-in-law of
    John Hetrick)
Letter 44 To “Son in law & Daughters” [John Hetrick and Josephine and Elizabeth] dtd Fremont, Ohio,
    3 Aug 
1865 1p Eve Himmelberger, Moses Himmelberger
Letter 45 To “my dear brother” [John Hetrick] dtd Fremont Sandusky County,” 1 Feb 1866 1p Peter G.
    Hetrick, Maryan Hetrick [brother and sister-in-law of John Hetrick]
Letter 46 To “My Dear Brother,” [John Hetrick] dtd n.p., 5 Dec 1869 Daniel and Sarah Hensel 1p
Letter 47 To “Dear Wife” [Josephine C. Hetrick] dtd “Camp Alger Washington,D.C.,
    23 Sep 1892 2pp John Hetrick
Letter 48 To JCH dtd Memphis Tenn” 14 Mar 1863 4pp

Transcription:

Letter 1 To JCH dtd “Padukey Cantuckey,” 23 Feb 1862 1p

Feb. 23, 1862 Sadukey Cantucky

My dear wife I have setet my self to day with the greatest of plesher to let you no that I am well at present time and I hope these few lines may find you all well further I will let you no that we arrived hear safe yesterday at two o’clock we left camp Chase on the 14 came to Cincinnati. There we got on the steam boat went to Madison Indiana came there at five in the morning left at 10 then we came to luisvill Kentuckey at 1 o’clock in the afternoon. There we had to get off the boat and march three miles to another boat for the boat was to big that we was on they couldn’t get it over the falls then it was night till we started again we came to [Kenalton] Indiana at two at night and left it at 12 then we came to Shaney Town at 10 in the evening and lade there till morning then we went on to paducah came there yesterday at two o’clock in the afternoon then we had to stay on the boat till this morning till we found a place to stay there was twenty regiments here on boats when we came hear that did not know where to go to but this morning they went on further to find a place to land and how many regiments are hear in camp I can’t tell but there are no less than 10 or 12 and there are still more coming in further I will let you no that we have Spring hear it is warm hear the leaves are acoming out and the birds are asinging and all the boys are running bare footed and I think we have to go where it is warmer yet before long but maybe we don’t have to stay very long if we got luck. Direct your letters to John Hetrick Kentuckey paducka Company C 72 regiment [rig o u] in care of Captain Snyder. So now I don’t know much more to write but you must excuse my bad writing for I had no ink and a poor place to write on a board pile we had to leave camp Chase sooner then I thought we would but them letters that came there after we left will follow us so no more but write as soon as this comes to hand I still think about you you must try and take care of yourself till I come back and I will do the same. John Hetrick to Josephine C. Hetrick.

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Letter 2 To JCH dtd “Near Corenth,” 3 May 1862 1p

Near Corenth, May the 31th 1862

Dear beloved I take this present opportunity today to write a few lines to let you no that I am well hoping these few lines may find you the same and all the rest further I will let you no good news but I expect you have heard it before this comes to hand Corenth is evacuatet they left yesterday morning and burned everything that they couldn’t take along and agood many houses we marched through the city yesterday noon and about a mile on the other side but we went back in the evening to our brestworks about two miles on this side of Corinth our regiment didn’t get the chance to fire a gun but I am well satisfied the way it went for I still expected a hard battle here but the last move we made scared them out for we was only about three quarters of a mile from their brestworks on the twenty eights we made the last move we camped eight times since we left camp Shilo and made five brestworks the last one we made we commenced at twelve o’clock in the night for we didn’t no what minet they would come on us for there was midlen hard fighting on the center and on the left wing for two days but it was the most commanding general pope commanded the left wing Buel the center.

Tomes the rite ware wing Ware the seventy second was it is warm and dry hear water is getting scarce here for such a big army but I don’t know how long we will stay hear yet maybe not very long but I hope that this war will be settled before so that we can all go home before long for I think I could enjoy myself better if I was with you then I can hear laying around in the woods like sheep now I don’t know much more to write for this time but if I could be with you I could tell agood deal more noose. So now I must bring my letter to a close for I am tired I was washing all for noon for I hadn’t a chance to wash since we left camp Shilo so no more but my best respect to you all. Write soon and don’t forget your husband John Hetrick to his beloved wife Josephine C. Hetrick so good bye for this time.

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Letter 3 To JCH dtd n.p., n.d. 1p

Summer 1862
(Supposition based on reference to baby’s name)

My dear wife I take this present opportunity today to write a few lines to let you no that I am well hoping these few lines may find you the same further I will let you no that I received your letter yesterday and I was very glad to hear from you again and you wrote that you moved up to my mothers and I think you have a good home there and I hope that you can stay there till I come back again if I ever come back which I hope I will and you wrote that the girl has a name and I am well satisfied with the name but I would be better satisfied if I could be there you and could see my girl wonst but as it is I can’t be with you now but I hope the time will soon come that we will come together again but I am better satisfied since we left Corinth and more contented than I was before it seems like home to me here where we are now. So now I don’t know much more to write for this time for I have wrote a letter to you and Peter last. Today I got them postage stamps that you sent me write soon so no more but my best respect to you all. So much from your husband John Hetrick to his wife Josephine C. Hetrick.

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Letter 4 To JCH dtd “Memphis, Tennessee,” 3 Aug 1862 2pp

Memphis State of Tennessee,  August the 3th 1862

My dear wife I take this present opportunity to day to write you afew lines to let you no that I am still in good helth and good spirit and I hope that these few lines may find you in the same health and I received your kind letter last Wensday and I red it with great pleasure further I let you no that we got pade yesterday for two months and I have send twenty dollars to the treasury I send it in Peters name for I think he can see to it better than you can if you want to buy enything you can take it if not he can put it in the bank and give you the jeck of if you can get a chance to lend it out so that it is safe you can do so we have had better times hear then we had since we left the boat and a nise place to camp hear great noos every day about the war but we can’t believe the half of the noos that we get I seen in the papers this morning that old Buregard has resind I was still in hopes that we could all go home till fall but if they want so many soldiers yet it is a pour sine of us getting home this fall but I think about home every day and I hope that you will take good care of your self and the baby till I can come back again and I will try and do the same it seems to me a long time since I left home and I think about you every day and I would like to see you and the baby very much and talk with you for I think that I could tell you lots more noos then I can write but I hope that time will come again so that we can all go home again and be happy I expect that they had happy times in Freemont yesterday but with us one day seems like the other we hardly no wen a Sunday comes. Last Sunday evening I was to meeting in town it was some thing news for me for it was the first time that I was in a meeting house since I left home so I don’t know much more to write for this time and I hant got time to write much more for it is time to go on guard now I hope that you will write as soon as this comes to hand and don’t forget your husband and I wont forget you as long as I live. So no more but my love and best respect to you so much from your affectionate husband John Hetrick to his wife Josephine C. Hetrick

Envelope is postmarked Memphis Aug 1862 (postage stamp was 3 cents)

[Memphis Ten
Aug 3 1862
Josephine C. Hetrick
West Fremont
Sanduskey Co Ohio] 

Also included were two soldier’s hymns: 

38 SOLDIERS’ HYMNS.
25. CHRIST A REFUGE FROM THE STORM.

1 Jesus, lover of my soul,
Let me to thy bosom fly,
While the billows near me roll,
While the tempest still is high
Hide me, Oh my Saviour, hide,
Till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide;
Oh receive my soul at last

2 Other refuge have I none;
Hangs my helpless soul on thee;
Leave, ah, Leave me not alone,
Still support and comfort me.
All my trust on thee is stayed;
All my help from thee I bring;
Cover my defenceless head
With the shadow of thy wing 

3 Thou, Oh Christ, art all I want;
More than all in thee I find;
Raise the fallen, cheer the faint,
Heal the sick, and lead the blind 

SOLDIERS’ HYMNS 37
34. CHRIST PRECIOUS C.M. 

1 How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
In a believer’s ear
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds
And drives away his fear

2 It makes the wounded spirit whole,
And calms the troubled breast
Tis manna to the hungry soul
And to the weary, rest 

3 By him my prayers acceptance gain,
Although with sin defiled
Satan accuses me in vain,
And I am owned a child 

4 Weak is the effort of my heart,
And cold my warmest thought
But when I see thee as thou art,
I’ll praise thee as I ought 

5 Till then, I would thy love proclaim
With every fleeting breath
And may the music of thy name
Refresh my soul in death              Newtes 

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Letter 5 To JCH dtd “Memphis, Tennessee Fort Pickering,” 8 Sep 1862 2pp 

Memphis Tennessee Fort Pickering
September the eighth AD 1862

My Dear beloved wife it is with the greatest of plesher that I have setet my self to day to write a few lines to you to let you no that am in good health and hope to remain so till this war is over war time is a hard place for a sick person and I hope that this letter may find you all in the same state of helth

Further ile let you no that I reseived your kind letter to day and I was very glad to hear from you again I would like to hear from you [every week] I think about you very often and I wish to see you and the baby very much for it seems to me all my time [] but you musent trouble your self about me for I am trying to do as well as I can and trying to do as near [ ] as I can and I hope that you will try and do the same and take care of yourself and the baby and I will take care of my self as well as I can for that is all that I got to take care of her and I hope that you can stay their with my mother till this war gets settelt o wat a hapy time would it be if the noos would com that speech was [ ] so that we could all go home again and live in peace again as we ust to wen I was 

[5/2
at home [ ] heard [ ] and red a good deal about war but [ ] dittent [ ] that I would yet [ ] want to no I [ ] very acntious to [ ] I am [ ] are at home het for I am afraid that [ ] but I hope [ ] that they netent to [ ] nice wether hear [ ] only [ ] good [ ] hear [ ] no but if

5/3
Morning water to drink

You wrote that is agoing to get married [ ] but [ ] but I wish [ ] joy and a great bit boy and a hapy life all the days of their life so now I don’t know much more to write for this time but I would no lots more noos to tell you if I was with you but as it cant be now so we must write the best noos and leave the rest of

More to write for this time but I would
More noos to tell you if I was there with you 

More to write and I am getting tired writing
So now write as soon as this comes to hand and 

And best respect to you one and all
So much from your loving husband John Hetrick to his loving wife Josephine c. Hetrick

So remember me when this you get
Good by

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Letter 6 To JCH dtd “Memphis, Tennessee Fort Pickering,” 23 Sep 1862 1p

Fort Pickering Memphis Tennessee, September the 29th AD 62

Fifth division third brigade 72 rig Co C

Dear obedient friend it is with much love and happiness that I take my pen in hand to scratch a few lines to let you know that I am well harty and as stout as a jack ass and I hope that you are as stout as I am and I was glad to get a letter from you and I read it with much pleasure and you wrote to me that I ust to take care of your baby and that you was a going to pay it back and I am very glad to hear it but I guess you no how your baby fixed me wonst and cast me out of bed and had to leave the house but that is all rite but you musent forget the time when I put you under the bed and I wish I could be there wen your birthday comes I would put you under again yes you no we ust to have hapy times together but now we are far apart so that we cant’ talk together all the fun that we have together is by writing and that hant as much satisfaction as if we could talk together but I hope the time will come again that we can talk together again and have our fun so no more but write soon and don’t forget me so much from your friend John Hetrick to Maryan Hetrick. 

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Letter 6b 

Fort Tickreng Memphis Tennissee, September the 29th (3) AD 1862

My dear belovet wife it is with the greatest of plesher that I have setet my self this plesent morning to inform you with a few lines to let you no that I am well and harty at present and I hope that these few lines may meet you all in the same blessing and further I received your kind letter yesterday and I read it with great pleasure I would like to read a letter from you every week for it is great satisfaction to me to hear from home every wonst and awhile for I am very anxious to hear all the noos that is going on at home further I let you no that we are in town again on brocade guard and Co C is on prison guard again at the same place where we was before but I guess we will be released in a few days we have nice weather here for the last week till today it rains alittle times are very dull here in Memphis it is no business dun at all of any account except government business the streets hant crowded with teems hear like they ust to be in Freemont we get lots of noos every day hear some is good noos and some bad. So we don’t no which to believe but we got good noos the last few days that McClelan is driving the rebels out of marland again and I hope it is so. The rebels send in noos last week that we had to leave in four days or else they would drive us out so they had about every man on duty for a few days but we hant drove out yet and I don’t believe that they will except losing a few men for we are getting well prepared for them now but I don’t believe that they will attack this place yet for they have their biggest force in Virginia now there is only Shermans division here now [hulbards] division left a few weeks ago i expect that there are hard times in the north as well as in the south but still the property don’t get destroyed as it does in the South what would you think if the South would come in the North and tear down the houses and destroy every thing that was in their way like we do here I can tell you it looks hard to see the folks leave their houses and get them tore down and everything destroyed as they do here but I hope that it will get settled before long so that we can all go home again. Them that is left yet but there are agood many brave soldiers that left their homes that will never get home any more it seems hard to think how many lives it costs and [ ] there will be through this war so I would be well satisfied if they could settle it without any more fighting for I have seen and heard enough of it to satisfy me I think if I was at home now with you that I could enjoy my self better than I can here for I think about you very often and wish that I could be with you but as we are so far apart so you must take good care of your self and the baby and I will try to do the same till we meet again I am very glad that you send your likeness I thought that was it that you was agoing to send that was so handsome men you wrote the other time I would like to so Johnson come for he is a [ ] feller so now I guess I must bring my letter to a close for I am getting tired and my paper is most to small to write much but you wrote that I should write more then you dit and so I thank I would write a little more but when you write again you must write more then I dit so now I must come to a close for this time but write as soon as this comes to hand and write to me all the noos So no more but my love and best respect to you and all the rest of the friends yours truly my dear wife Josephine C. Hetrick from John Hetrick 

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Letter 7 To JCH dtd “Memphis, Tennessee Fort Pickering,” 14 Nov 1862 1p

Fort Tickering Memphis Tennessee, November the 14th AD 1862

My dear beloved wife it is the greatest of pleasure that I have setet my self to day to write to you to let you no that I am well hoping these few lines may meet you all in the same state of health further I’ll let you no that I received your kind letter on the 7 of this month and I aut to wrote you sooner but the reason that I didn’t I thought that I would wait till George would come but he hant hear yet I expect that he muster stopt at Columbus that they don’t come and last Monday we had to go out on a scout and didn’t come back till yesterday afternoon and we had a hard time of it I think that we marched about 60 miles around I couldn’t tell where we was any more but the first that I made where we was we was to German Town and from there we came home in a half a day it was about 18 miles there were four regiments and battery and some cavalry along. It was very hard marching the first two days it was so dusty that we couldn’t hardly stand it and then on Tuesday night it rained all night so that is got so muddy that we could hardly get along and in all our scout I didn’t get the chance to shoot my gun off till we got home. I could tell you lots more about our scouting and what times we had if I could be with but so I can’t write the half that I no but I hope that the time will come before long so that we can be together again and be happy together. I think about you very often and wish to be with you very much but I think that you have got a good place to stay where you are so I don’t trouble my self about that and I was glad to hear that you got your self a bureau and if you need anything else you can take some of that money that I send home and get whatever you need and I am very glad to hear that the baby grows so fast. I am afraid that if I don’t get to go home pretty soon she will be big before I’ll get home and about them things that you send with George for me it was all rite for I gess that I need it yet this winter but we got them gloves yet that you nit for me and they are good yet and about us being paid off We hant been paid since the 2 of August and I don’t know when we will get paid yet. We all made out our clothing account that we lost at Shilo mine was only four dollars and 50 cents and some lost as much as thirty dollars worth that we will all get paid for. So now I must bring my letter to aclose so no more but write as soon as this comes to hand and don’t forget your dear husband. So my best respect to you all from your obedient husband John Hetrick to his affectionate wife Josephine C. Hetrick.

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Letter 8 To JCH dtd “Camp near Moscow Tennessee,” 2 Jan 1863 1p ALS

January the 2 AD 1863, Camp near moscow Tennessee

My dear beloved wife it is with the greatest of plesher that I setet my self to day to let you no that I am well and in good helth and I hope that these few lines ma meet you all the same further ile let you no that I got your kind letter day before yesterday and I was very glad to hear from you again it was the first male that we got since we left memphis and I got one from S fetterman to we left memphis on the 26 as I wrote that we would and I got my boots in the evening as we started the next morning and they fit me well and that towel I got to and I was very glad that I got them in time yet I wrote you that we was agoing down to jackson and vixburk we was down with in nine miles of oxfort miss and then we went back again we came back round by hollasprings from their to lagrange then to moscow and now we are campt about three miles from moscow at the railrode guarding a bridge they are fixing up this road to memphis the cars will run thru to memphis in a few days the rebels was well fortified at the talehache river but they left before we came their I wouldve wrote you sooner but I hadnt much chance to write since we left memphis for we was moving every few days so that I had no chance to write we ditent hear much news since we left memphis but we heard that they had a hard fite at richmond again and and we heard that vixburk is taken how it is I dont no it dont seem like winter hear to me for I only seen snow one day this winter and that was at memphis it is warm in day time but it is midlen cold nites we had some midlen hard marches since we left memphis and we had some good times we had anuf to eat and if the government couldent furnish us anuf we went after the chickens and hogs and eny thing that we could find fit to eat o I wish this war would come to an end so that we could go home for I am tired of this war for it seems to me a long while since we left home but still it hant quite a year yet you wrote that I should get my likeness taken and send it home but I cant get it taken now but if we get to a plase ware I can get it taken and get pade off again ile get it taken but when we get pade I dont no but we got mustert for six month pay the other day I wish george would come wonst I get tired wating 

for him but I expect that they are at memphis by this time I wish I couldve ben their when youens bucherd tell mary that she should let me no sooner next time wen they are agoing to bucher so that I got time to com so now I dont no much more to write for this time I wish I could be with you and tell you all the noos I could tell you lots more and I hope the time will com soon so that we can meet again o wat a hapey time would it be for us to meet again I often think of you and all the rest at home and wish to see them all but as it cant be at present so we must be contented whear we are So you must take good care of your self and the babey and dont trubel your self about me for ile try and do the best I can for I am at home whare ever I come to So no more but write as soon as this comes to hand So no more but my love and best respect to you one and all So much from your beloved husband John Hetrick to his wife Josephine C. Hetrick

direct your letters to Memphis

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Letter 9 To JCH dtd n.p., 3 Feb 1863 1p

February the 3 AD 1863

My Dear beloved wife it is with great plesher that I setet my self to day to write afew lines to let you no that I am well hoping these few lines may meet you in the same blesing I hant so much to write this time for I rote a leter to you the other day ile let you no that George is hear and that I got your and the baby’s likeness that I looked for so long and I was very glad to get it it made me feel proud to get such a nise picture o I wish I could be their with you I would like to see our sweet little baby wonst I can se you hear but still I cant talk with you but I hope the time will com again so that we can live together and be hapey together again I think about you very often and wish to be with you but I cant now so we must try and do the best we can till we can meet again I got them socks and shirts gloves and pincushion and I was very glad to get them tell mother that I got that shugar and I ate some of it and I think it tasts like home made shugar you wrote that I should get my likeness taken and send it to you ile try and get it taken when we get to a plase whare I can get it taken and send it to you I gess John Shively has forgotten me that he don’t write the last letter that I got from him I got a good while before we left Memphis we had some midlen tuf times since we left Memphis but we have a good plase to camp now So now I don’t no much more to write for this time but I could tell you lots more news if I could be with you but so I must bring my letter to aclose for this time Write as soon as this comes to hand and don’t forget me So I send my best respect to your mother and all the rest of my friends So no more but my love and best respect to you one and all this is from your true and obedient husband John Hetrick to his beloved wife Josephine C. Hetrick Remember me when this you see and don’t forget to write to me

So good by for this time.

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Letter 10 To JCH dtd “White Station, Tennessee,” 7 Feb 1863 2pp

White Station Tennisee, February the 1 AD 1863

My Dear beloved wife it is with the greatest of plesher that I setet my self to day to let you no that I am well hoping these few lines may find you all the same further ile let you no that I received your kind letter on the 28 and I was very glad to hear from you again we was to Corinth since I wrote you that other letter we left there on the 29 we went on the cars and went round by Jackson Tenn we came hear on the 30 we are only 2 miles from Memphis we are guarding the railrode how long we stay hear I don’t no but I expect not very long for they cant let us stay long at one plase maybe the next you hear we will be at Memphis again we have agood deal of rain hear yesterday it rained most all day but to day it is very nise again we got pade on the 20 of Jan for two month and I send 25 dolars home hear is a receipt to draw the money you wrote that loos and SW reed pade them notes if bets wants the money you can let him have it at ten per sent and this to wat you don’t need but you can keep wat you neet I think that we will get pade again before long there is five month dew to us now george hant hear yet but I think that he is at Memphis now I expect that he will be hear in a few days Crocket is hear he came to us at Corinth I was glad to see him we went over a good deal of ground since we left Memphis but now we are close ware we startet from our regiment is in good helth there are but few sick now I think about home very often I drempt last nite that I was at home and seen you all and talkt with you but when I got awake I found my self in bed I dream about home very often I am glad to hear that the baby is doing so well it makes me feel proud to hear that she can run alredy I wish I could see her wonst you must take good care of her till I can come home again I would like to see you very much but it cant be now but I hope the time will soon come that this war will get settled so that we can all come home again we just got the noos that George is at Memphis and that they would be hear tomorrow as soon as they come ile answer peters letter if betts fortakes that money he may have it for a year I don’t think that I need it before that ile write to peter in a day or so So now I will bring my letter to aclose for this time So no more but write soon and don’t forget your dear husband and ile be shure and not forget you

So no more but my love and best respect to you one and all

So much from your husband

John Hetrick

To his beloved Wife Josephine C. Hetrick

So good by for this time

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 Letter 11 To JCH dtd “Wight Station, tenesee,” 10 Mar 1863 2pp

Wight Station Tenesee, March the 10th 1863

My dear beloved wife it is with much plesher that I setet my self to day to inform you with a few lines to let you no that I am well and harty and I hope these few lines may meet you all in the same state of helth I didn’t answer your letter that you send with Peters letter I thought I would wait a few days meby I would get an answer on that receipt that I send if you don’t get it it don’t make much difference for you can get it anyway We got marching orders today a week ago and hant left yet but I cant tell how soon we will leave We are under marching orders yet but ware we will go to I don’t know for there are so many parts we lost of our overcoats we did send them off yesterday we send them to George Burket in Hesville I got my overcoat and dresscoat in it and George got his overcoat and that blanket that he fetcht along burket will pay the express. So you can get them there and pay the freit to him what ever it cost we had to much to carry if we got to much we got plenty…..

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Letter 12 To JCH dtd “Camp near Hellena Arcansan,” 18 Mar [18]63 1p AL John Hetrick (incomplete) – I added part that was with letter 4. I think it belongs with letter 12 but I’m not sure. 

Camp near hellena arkansaw, March the 18th 1863

Dear beloved wife it is with the greatest of plesher that I setet my self to day to inform you with a few lines to let you no that I am well and in good helth and I hope these few lines may meet you all in the same state of helth further I received your kind letter on the 15th that you wrote on the 5th and I red it with much plesher we left Memphis on the 15th and landed on the 16th we are campt two miles belo hellena rite in the river botom the water is all around us the river is very high it netent to rais must higher till it drownds us out I don’t think that we will stay here long they are waiting for smaller boats the boats that we was on was to big. They couldn’t go where they wanted and I got my likeness taken before I left Memphis and sent it to you it was a poor chance to get it taken you wrote that you want me to get it taken and so I thought I would so you wrote that betts wouldn’t take that money if he don’t take it maybe you can loan it to some body els if not leave it in the bank I wish I could be there to take care of it my self but it can’t be now so you must do the best you can till I can come home again and I hope that the time will soon come so that we can all go home again and live in peace again this war causes much trouble and a many alive till it gets settled I often wish I could be with you again and live with you but that is all the good it does wishing don’t do any good here we are far apart now so we must do the best we can and hope to meet again you musent trouble yourself about me I’ll try and do the best I can take good care of your self and the baby till I can come home again. I would like to see the baby wonst to but I cant tell how long that will be yet till I can get to see her we have very nice and warm weather here the leaves are coming out our camp is nice and dry but rite in the woods where there is no house to be seen and the water is all around us so we can’t get out so we netent to have any guard around our camp you wrote that they had big meeting at the brotherin meeting house it would be something news for me to go to meeting I couldn’t tell when I was to meeting last our preacher went home so we hant got eny meeting eny more I would like to go to meeting wonst again we hardly know eny more when Sunday comes eny more for we got as much to do on Sunday as on week days so now I don’t no much more to write for this time I wrote a letter to you on the 14th so I don’t no much more to write this time you must excuse my poor writing and spelling for I got a poor chance to write so no more but write as soon as this comes to hand and write me all the news so no more but my love and best respect to you one and all so much from your beloved husband John Hetrick

To his affectionate wife Josephine C. Hetrick

So remember me when this you see and don’t forget and write to me.

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Letter 13 To JCH dtd “Camp near Vixburk,” 24 May 1863 1p

May the 24th 1863, Camp near vixburk

My dear wife it is with great pleasure that I setet my self to day to let you no that we are both well and in good helth and I hope these few lines may meet you all the same further I’ll let you no that we had a hard journey we left young’s point on the 2 of May crossed the Mississippi at grant gulf on the 7 got to Jackson on the 14th we didn’t lose a man there in that fight it didn’t last long we took some prisoners there and some artillery we took 74 peses of artillery from grant gulf till we came here and over five thousand prisoners we came hear on the 18 out of 17 days we laid over 1 day . So you may think that we had some hard times it was very dusty and warm till the day we went in Jackson it rained all day we got all wet but we had a good time that night when we got in Jackson we got plenty to eat and the next day we had to go to work and tear up the railrodes and burn the ties and destroy everything that we could they commenced fighting here on the 18th and are at it yet but it is the most skirmishing now they had some hard fighting here some heavy charges made our men ware up to the brest works and our flag was planted on the brest works but they couldn’t get over they are strong fortified here I don’t think that they will undertake to take it or storm any more I think they are a going to seage it or starve them out we got them surrounded now they can’t get out except they fight their way through and I don’t think that they can do that for our army is one hundred thousand strong we are close to their works we lost a good many men already we lost twenty kild and wounded in our regiment. We had 1 kild and three wounded our second Sargent miler got kild gif beary slitly wounded in the arm fred smith in the cheak underwood in the bely that is all in our company I got your let on the first of this that you wrote march 20 and I had no chance to answer it till now to day I got from Jacob hendrick Samuel Garange has one of their receipts ile write it off to day I wish this war was over so that we could all go home again I often think about home but I hant discouraged yet I live in hopes this is our of the anliest countrys that I ever seen one like aganst another So now I must bring my letter to aclose for this time I hant got time to write much more the mail is just agoing out and want to send this letter with it so no more but write as soon as this coms to hand So much from your dear husband

John Hetrick
To his wife
Josephine C. Hetrick

Will write again as soon as I can

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Letter 14 To JCH dtd “Camp Near Vixburk,” 9 Jun 1863 1p

Camp Near vixburk, June the 9th 1863

My Dear beloved wife it is with plesher that I take my pen in hand to drop a few lines to let you no that we are both well hoping these few lines ma meet you all the same I hant no letter to answer this time but I thought I would let you no that I am well yet no doubt but wat youens hear lots of news from this plase since we are hear and no doubt wat it is more lise then the truth for I seen in the papers that vixburk is taken we are campt out side of the rebels brest works yet but we are fortifiing close to their works some plases they are within fifty yards of their brest works and some plases they are diging trenches over to the rebels brest works it is so hiley that we can work most eny plase after they got it started wonst that they cant hurt us much we are aworking nite and day there is a detale out of our regiment every nite and day whare they cant work in day time they work nites our men and the rebels talk together every nite it is fun to lisen at them in day time they got to keep their voices down they are skirmishing and commanding every day the rebels hant got no canons in the rear of vixburk of eny account wat few they had they cant use eny more for we are to close but they are well fortified and they had a good chance to fortify hear in these hils it is the aufuls plas I ever saw we got warm wether and not much rain we had no rain since the 14 of May it is very dusty we are campt on a side hill it is a cool plase in the shade but we hant got no tents our shelters are oil cloth brush bark and wat ever we could find eny thing will do for a soldier for a soldier has to get use to eny thing but I don’t mind the hardships if we only get home safe again I often think about home and wish to be with you but I cant at present so we must content our self the best we can till we can meet again meby if we get vixburk wele have beter times so now I don’t no much more to write but you must write soon and I will answer them don’t trouble yourself about me I will do the best I can so no more but my love and best respect to you and all from your beloved husband John Hetrick to his loving wife Josephine C. Hetrick. 

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Letter 15 To JCH dtd n.p., 25 Jun 1863 1p

June the 25th 1863

My Dear beloved wife it is with the greatest of plesher that I setet my self to day to write a few lines to let you no that we are both well hoping these few lines ma find you all the same I received your kind letter on the 22 and I was very glad to hear from you again but we got marching orders and had to leave the same day I got your letter we are campt close at the black river we can still hear the canons booming at vicksburk the report is that fort hudson is taken and the fleat has com up from below I hope it is true vicksburk is an auful plase to take but it must be taken we got a nise plase hear how long we will stay here I don’t no but I would rather stay hear then to be so close at vixburk for we can get more to eat we can get all the fresh meat we want hear apples and peaches are getting ripe we had ripe peaches the other day is is nise wether hear not much rain corn is coming in silk but corn wont be much around hear for it gets all destroyed cotton hant much planted around hear I don’t no much to wirte this time the boys are all well and in good spiret and they would all be glad if the rebels would rase the wite flag in vicksburk for they are all anctious to see vicksburk I would no more to write if that was taken wonst I wish it was settled wonst so that we could all go home again I would like to be at home and I gess all the rest of the boys but so we must be sadisfied the way it goes so now I must bring my letter to aclose for this time ile write again before long then meby ile no more to write so no more but write as soon as this coms to hand you musent do like the rest and forget to write

So no more but my love and best respect to you and all the rest.

So much from your beloved husband
John Hetrick

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Letter 16 To JCH dtd “Camp at Black river, Miss,” 5 Jly 1863 1p

Camp at Black River Miss, July the 5th 1863 

My Dear beloved wife it is with the greatest of pleshur that I setet my self to day to write a few lines to let you no that we are both well hoping these few lines ma find you all well. We are campt at the black river we came hear to day I don't think that we will stay here long we are making a bridge acrost the river it will only take a few days to make it then I think we will cross the river and try and ketch Johnson vicksburk is taken now it was surendered yesterday how many prisoners we havn't heard yet. We havn't got the rite story yet about it yet I expect you will find it out before you get this letter but I don't think that we will get to see vickburk at least I woulder liket to seen the plase I am glad it is taken I gess they didn't like the salute that Grant was agoing to give them on the fourth he was agoing to open on them all along the lines with the artillery all day if they wouldn't give up. We can see the rebels pickets acrost the river from where we are. Our men throde a few shells amongst them to day they just made then skidadled & it is midlen warm hear it will be hard for us if we got to march much this summer we got pade off on the 23 of this month and we send forty eight dollars to the fremont bank. Twenty five for me and twenty three for george. We send it in peters name again if you need it you can take it and get watever you need in the house it hardly pays to lend out money at three per cent so if you need anything you can get it I would like to be there with you but I cant now so you must do the best you can till the time comes that I can be at home again o wat a hapy time it would be if this war was settled and we could all go home again and live in peace and happiness again. I often think about home and wish to be there but I hant discouraged yet I think the rebels aut to be more discouraged yet then we are the way they get drove around if we would get wiped as often as they do I would be so discouraged that I wouldn't no what to do the time seems short to me I think the time seems longer to youens at home then it does to us There is always something going on here to pass time so I must bring my letter to a close I expect a letter from you soon. then I'll write again so no more but write as soon as this comes to hand. so I send my love and best respect to you and all the rest of the friends So much from your loving husband John Hetrick to Josephine C Hetrick

Good by don't forget and write soon 

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Letter 17 To JCH dtd “Camp near Bears Crick,” 28 Jly 1863 2pp

Camp Near Bears Crick, July the 28 1863

My Dear beloved wife it is with the greatest of plesher that I setet myself to day to write a few lines to let you no that we are both well hoping these few lines ma meet you all in the state of health I reseived your kind letter on the 23 that was wrote on the 28 of June and I aut to wrote sooner but we were on a march then so I think I would wait till we were campt again We are campt close at bears crick where we were campt before how long we will stay here I don't no the talk is now that we were agoing down the river before long We had another fite at Jackson it commenced on the 10 and they evacuated on the 17 We followed them as far as brandon and destroyed the railrode from Jackson to Brandon twelve miles we had hard times it was so hot we got agood meny prisners they came back and give them selves up Jackson is entirely destroyed it was a nice town wonst the rebels were well fortifide at Jackson but they hadent men enuf to hold it. General Sherman had command of that battle . We had hard times for the last three month I think it is time that they would let us rest but if they need us some ware els i'm willing to go wherever they need us the worst. They are giving furlows now two out of a company at a time two can go every ten days they only give furlows for thirty days from the time they leave vicksburk that is to short a time to go so far and pay our one way home and back I would rether not go as to go for such a short time I have ben in the serves nearly two years now so I think I can stand it an other year without a furlow I would like to go home very much but when I go home I would like to stay at home I think it would go harder for me to leave home now then it dit the first time So if you want me to com home very bad let me no in your next letter for my part I would rether stay as to go for such a short time and it will cost agood deal to go home from hear I hope this war will soon com to an end So that we can all go home and stay at home I often think of home and wish to be their you wrote that you send me to papers when you send the last letter but I hant got them yet you can tell Jacob Hendricks that Capton Snyder has send Davit Grantz his descriplics role so meby he can get his pay now Captan Snyder has command of the regiment ever since we left hear Colonel Crocket was sick since we left vicksburk but his is hear now but he hant well yet. Major eaton is sick he is back at vicksberk so our officers are about plade out we want a new set of officers soon I am in good health and am glad that I can say so far I would hate to get sick here I am glad to hear that our girl is doing so well. I would like to see her wonst but I hope that time will soon came so that I can get to see her you mus take good care of her till I can come home again. Frances ingler is well I see him most every day wether he writes home I don't no I didn't ask him but I supose he does I guess he was like I was these last few months he didn't care wether he wrote or not as long as there was so much marching and fiting going on I couldn't write. We have been in some dangerous places but it couldn't be helped the mississippi is open now from one end to the other the fall of vickberk was a great blow on the rebels it was their strong hold in the west and they got badly wipt in the east and rosecrant has wipt them out so I don't think it will last very long eny more if the north only sticks together it will soon be over we heard that D morgan got in ohio with a force but I think there are men in ohio yet to wip him So now I don’t no much more to write for this time you must excuse my bad writing for I have a poor plase to write I hant got the tabel to write on as I would have if I was at home and I hant got mothers tabel to eat on as I had at home but I don’t care so much for the tabel if I only could eat some of her pies and cakes again I am getting tired of uncle Sams hard crackers So no more about that but write as soon as this coms to hand So no more but my love and best respect to you one and all the friends

So much from your husband
John Hetrick

To his loving wife
Josephine C. Hetrick

remember me when this you see and don’t forget and write to me

Good by

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Letter 18 To JCH dtd “Camp at Bears Crick,” 6 Aug 1863 2pp

Camp at Bears Crick, August the 6th 1863 

My dear beloved wife it is with the greatest of plesher that I setet my self to day to write a few lines to let you no that we are both well hoping these few lines ma meet you all the same. I received one letter from you on the first of this month and one on the forth that was wrote on the __th and I was very glad to hear from you again and I aut to wrote sooner but I thought I would wate till we were pade off we got pade off today for two months we send forty dollars home with captain Snyder he is agoing to start home this afternoon for Condrifts we send it in Peters name I woulder liket to went home with the captain and took it home my self but it couldent be so and it is hard telling when ile get to go home yet we got a nice camp here the nicest camp we had yet . good spring water and plenty of it to. our camp is in the woods at bear crick I think we will stay here this summer the way we had to fix up and clean up I would be well satisfied if we could stay here till the war was over and I hope the war will soon be over so that we can all go home they are giving furlows two went out of our company about a week ago I would sooner se them all go home together and stay at home then to go home for thirty days and then come back again. It hardly pays to go home for such a short time and pay our one fare got nice weather here not much rain we just got our tents and clothing the other day that we left at ducks point when we left there we got good times here now we hant got much guard duty to do our company gets on picket every forty days that hant nothing tords wat we had to do already it hant much danger here the rebels are all gone from here they wasent safe here eny more we had heard that morgan is captured and his force I hope they will hang him we got good news for the last four or five weeks I think it is a good sight for this war to come to a close soon they are fiting at Charlston the way the papers states we get the papers here every week them papers that you send to me I didn’t get I don’t no much more to write for this time if I was there I could tell you lots more and I hope that time will soon that we can meet again I often think about you and wish to be with you but it cant be now so we must content our selves the best we can till we can meet again with that money you must do the best you can with it I hant got no use for money here so now I must bring my letter to aclose write as soon as this comes to hand so no more but my love and best respect to you and all the rest of the friends so much from your husband John Hetrick to Josephine C. Hetrick So good by for this time.

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Letter 19 To JCH dtd “Camp on Oak Ridge Miss,” 6 Sep 1863 2pp 

Camp on oak ridge miss, September the 6th 1863 

Dear beloved wife it is with the greatest of plesher that I setet my self to day to write a few lines to let you no that I am well at present but I wasent well for the last week I had the agur but I am over it now George had the aguer fore or five times but he is over it to their are a good meny sick with the aguer we moved our camp on the third I think it is helthier here we are campt in the open field it is more air sirculating thrue our camp we moved about eight miles to a place cald oak ridge it is a nice place but very warm in day time and cool nites that makes it very unhesy I hant much news to write this time and no letter to answer the last letter I got from you was in July and I wrote two to you since that and one to Samuel and Sarah and had no answer on neather of them I don’t no wether the letter gets lost or wat is the mater that I don’t get more letters I answered every letter that I got yet I and George send forty dollars home with the captain when went home he said that he would give it to some of youens or leave it at Bettsee store Maybe you dident get the other letter so I thought I would mention it in this letter. Johnson is first lieutenant now he has command of this company now at present lieutenant Huffman went home on a furlow I hope he will stay in this company he has ben sick but he is about well again we only got one captain in the regiment now and he got command of the regiment the regiment is midlen small now and agood meny wat are left are sick I hope this war will soon come to aclose so that we can all go home again I often think about home and wish to be there with you but as it is we must do the best we can till we can meet again If I was there with you I could tell you lots more news so now I don’t no much more to write for this time there hant much news going on now meby till I get a letter again ile no more to write so you must write as soon as this coms to hand and don’t trubel yourself about me for I will try and do the best I can and you must do the same and take good care of the baby till I can com home again. I would like to see her very much so now I must bring my letter to a close for this time write as soon as this coms to hand so no more but my love and best respect to you and all the rest of the friends. So much from your loving husband John Hetrick to Josephine C. Hetrick So good by for this time 

Envelope--
Oak ridge mississippee
Sept 6 1863

Posted:
vicksburg, SEP 12 1863 miss
Vicksburg Miss Sep 12 1863

Mrs. Josephine C. Hetrick
West Fremont
Sandusky Co. Ohio 

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Letter 20 To JCH dtd “Vicksburgk Mississippi,” 20 Oct 1863 2pp

Wicksburk Mississippi
October the 20th 1863

My dear beloved wife it is with the greatest of pleasure that I setet myself today to inform you with a few lines to let you no that I hant with the regiment at present the trupes all left oak ridge ant went out on a scout tords Jackson and all them that couldn't march had to come here and I was one that couldn't go I had the fever but it is a broke now I feel very well again I left the regiment on the 11 of this month and was in the hospital one week and now I am in the convalescent camp but I don't think that I need to stay here long here for I expect the regiment back in a few days then ile go to the regiment again George was well when I left him piers is hear I got that by boots and sack all safe and I thank you very much for sending me them cakes and things for it coms good to me hear while I hant rite well but I will safe some of it till George coms back I wish they was hear I would rather be with the regiment this is the first time that I ben away from the regiment and it seame a long time to me sinc I seen the boys last them boots fits me midlen well I had wrote to Peter that we didn't need any boots but it is all write if we don't march much for a while we can safe an boots till tords spring then we need boots the worst I got your leter of the 28 of September on the 16 of this month and I was very glad to hear from you again and to hear that Y or j onens are all well and I am glad to hear that our littel girl does so well I wish I could get to see her wonst I expect she will be big till ile get to see her but I only got one year to stay eny more and if I only keep well that is all that I ask for while I am in the serves we have a nise place to camp hear where we are and we got nise wether hear this is the first time that I been in wicksburk it is a midlen hard looking of plase very hilly their hant a great many troops hear now Sherman took all his troops except our dicrition and went to reinforse rosecrance so we are attached to the 17 army corps about the lection in our regiment I dont no much about but I heard that their was only 17 demmocrat votes and 200 union votes after ile get to the regt ile hear more about it then I will write again maybe I will have more news to write I don't no much more to write for this time you netent to trouble your self about me I am doing well and feel well and I hope these few lines may find you all well and in good health I would like ot see you all and talk with you and I hope that time will come soon that we can meet again and be happy So now I must bring my letter to aclose for this time Write as soon as this comes to hand So I send my love and best respect to you one and all the friends

So much from your Husband John Hetrick to Josephine C. Hetrick

Good by 

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Letter 21 To JCH dtd “Camp Near Vicksburk,” 27 Oct 1863 2pp 

Camp near vicksburk
October the 27th 1863

Dear beloved wife it is with much plesher that I setet my self to day to inform you with a few lines to let you no that I am well at present hoping these few lines ma meet you all in the same state of health George hant very well the regiment was out on a scout and he got sick on the road he had to ride in the ambulance he is in the hospital now but he is about well again he sais he feels very well I got your letter of the 3 yesterday and I was very glad to hear from you again I got a letter from you while I was at Vicksburg and I answered it on the 20 and I wrote in that letter that the regiment was on a scout and that I was sick that I couldn’t go along but I am with the regiment now again and am well we are campt 8 miles from Vicksburg them boots that you send us they fit us well and we was glad to get them things that you send us them cakes was good but I didn’t eat to meny as to make me homesick as you allowed it would but it made me think about home when you get a chance to send eny thing to us again I wish you would send us some butter but you nedent to send it except if you get a good chance butter is fifty cents a pound hear eggs fifty every thing is dear that the sutler got to sell a fellow mite just as well throw his money away as to give it to the Sutler for he wont get eny thing for it enaway we had midlen cold wether for the last week we had hard frost hear for two or three nites but it is warmer now again it looks for rain to day now a few lines about the lection. Their ware 16 votes for alandingham and about 180 for brough in the regt I didn’t vote I was at Vicksburg and had the fever that day so I didn’t care eny thing about the lection I sapose they had a great time at home on lection day I hope this war will be settled before long so that we can all go home again I often think about home and wish to be their with you but as it is I cant be their so we must be sadisfide and do the best we can till we can meet again I often think of you but I got plenty of company hear all the time so the time seems to pass aroun fast you musent trouble your self about me because I wrote that I was sick I am well now and ile try and do the best I can I think we will get pade again before long there is fore month dew to us now so now I don’t no much more to write for this time their hant much news to write now so I must close my letter for this time. Write as soon as this comes to hand and don’t forget me and ile never forget you as long as I live So my love and best respect to you one and all the friends

So much from your husband John Hetrick to Josephine C. Hetrick

Good by for this time

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Letter 22 To JCH dtd “camp Near Vicksburg,” 2 Nov 1863 2pp

Camp Near Vicksburg
November the 2, 1863

My dear beloved wife it is with the greatest of plesher that I setet my self to day to inform you with a few lines to let you no that we are both well at present hoping these few lines ma meet you in the same state of helth further ile let you no that we got pade day before yesterday for two month we send fifty dollars to the bank of Fremont $25 for me and $25 for George we send it in Peters name I hant much news to write this time we had a good deal of rain for the last week we have nise wether now we got a nise plase to camp hear we are campt in the woods very few sidesons are living around hear they all left It looks hard to go on these big plantation and find no fenses the buildings all tore down and every thing destroyed but I only got one year to serve yet and I wish that was around so that we can all go home again for I am getting tired of this kind of living I often think about home but that is all the good it dos for I got to be sadesfide the way it goes the duty hant very hard hear stand picket is about all that we got to do hear how long we will stay hear I cant tell but I hope they will stay hear awhile for we are fixt for the cold wether now we made chimenes to our tents such wons as you never saw they are made of sod but eny thing that keeps warm I don’t think that it will be so cold hear as it is in Ohio.

snow down hear fall

but I hope till next winter we can be at home whare we can injoy our selves better so now I don’t no much more to write for this time write as soon as this comes to hand So my love and best respect to you and all the friends.

So much from your husband
John Hetrick to Josephine C. Hetrick
Good by 

Dear Brother I have setet my self to write a few lines to let you no that we are both well hoping these few lines ma meet you all the same we got pade again and we send fifty dollars to the bank of Fremont So you can take it out you hant wrote to me very latly and I heard that you was a soldier to and got a Comition as Garfard I just got it from others so I hant much to write for this time

Write as soon as you get this so much from John Hetrick

To Peter J. Hetrick

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Letter 23 To JCH dtd “Germantown tenn,” 19 Nov 1863 1p 

German town Tenn
November the 19 1863

My Dear beloved wife it is with much plesher that I setet my self to day to inform you with a few lines to let you no that we are both well hoping these few lines may meet you all the same I received your letter on the 12 of this month and I aut to wrote sooner but we just com hear and had nothing fixt up we left Vicksburg on the 8 of this month and landed at Memphis on the 12 and came hear on the 14 we got pade today for two month we send forty dollars to the bank of fremont we send it in peters name 20 for me and 20 for George you wrote that you hant got a letter from me for a month this is the fourth letter that I wrote in a month time and I answered every letter that I got from you we have a nise plase to camp hear fourteen miles from Memphis but when I wrote you the last letter I dident expect to be in tennesee by this time but I am well sadisfide hear we are guarding the railroad we have nise wether hear it is midlen cool nites but it is warm in day time I was to meeting Sunday nite and mondey nite it was the first time that I was to meeting for six month we hant got no chaplan eny more I wish I could be at home to go to meeting again but I hope that time will com so that we can go to meeting together again but hear we hardly no when Sunday comes for we got as much to do on Sunday as eny other day they are agoing to send some more men home to recrute out of this regiment I heard that capton snyder is on his way back to the regiment there is a good chance to enlist now but I got anuf of it I am getting tired of this kind of living but I would rather see them inlist then to see them draft but I hope this cruel war will soon be settled so that we can com home again I often think about home and dream about home and when I wake up I find myself laing on my soft bed of bords if I got eny if not on the ground but we got plenty of bords hear we went to work and tore down a meeting house to get bords

So now I don’t no much more to write for this time write as soon as this comes to hand and don’t forget me and I won’t forget you as long as I live so no more but my love and best respect to you all so much from John Hetrick to Josephine C. Hetrick.

 Letter 24 To JCH dtd “Memphis,” 26 Nov 1863 1p

Memphis Nov 28, 1863

My beloved wife it is with much plesher that I take my pen in hand to write a few lines to you to let you no that I am well and I hope these few lines may meet you the same blessing I hant got much noos to write at present but we are agoing to leave to morow morning for further south but I would rather go north then south but as it is so you must take good care of your self and the babey and I will do the best I can till the time comes that we can meat again o I wish this war was settelt so that I could come home again to stay with you o wat a hapy time would it be for us to meat again together at home I think about you every day and wish to be with you but as it is we must content our selfs the best we can till we can meat again So no more for this time you netent to write till I write again I will write as soon as we get to a plase whare I get chance to write so no more but don’t forget your Dear husband and I wont forget you from your Dear husband John Hetrick to Josephine C. Hetrick 

We often think of friends at home
We have no promes of a safe returne
But well we know it causes paines
We must live in hopes to meat again 

When on the roaring battel field
Should I be forstd my life to yealed
Then think of one among the brave
Who lies in a soldiers lonely grave 

We think of the social friends at home
And often of friends while hear we rome
And many a sabbath evening hear
We think of those we call so dear

 Should I be killed while here I rome
May I be send to my friends at home
That they may see one of the brave
Before I am lade in the cold cold grave 

John Hetrick
Josephine C. Hetrick

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Letter 25 To JCH dtd “Germantown tennesee,” 1 Dec 1863 1p 

December the 7th AD 1863
German Town Tennesee

Dear belovet wife it is with much plesher that I setet my self to day to inform you with a few lines to let you no that we are both well except I had a sore leg fore the last week so that I couldn’t get around but it is better now I can get around again I hope these few lines will find you all well and in good helth I got your letter on the twenty eighth that you wrote on the 18 and read it with much plesher you aloud that I would get tired till I could get it red I could read a ---- such letters and not get tired Joseph Reed came back this morning with a big box fool of things for the boys we got that butter that youens sent and we was glad to get it for it is some thing extry becase it comes from home but I think in a year from now you netent to sent eny butter to me if nothing hapens till that time I expect to be at home but there is a good chance to reinlist again agood meny are talking of inlisting again and no doubt but wat the biggest part of the regiment will reinlist for the fore hundred dollars is a big pile for some of them and besides they get a furlow if they inlist but the fore hundred dollars or the furlow don’t make me inlist General Buckland is hear from Memphis he is agoing to make a speach this afternoon he seemes to be well pleast about some thing they had a fite at Chattaneuga and it was our good luck that we wasent their but I gess the reson that we wasent there is that Generel Tuttel want take the field and I am glad that he don’t for I have seen all the fiting that I care about seeing and old General Sherman is bount to fight they say that he had the hardest fiting at Chatteneuga we have midlen cold wether hear for the last week we have a nise dry camp hear well fixt up we have Chimeneys to our tents so we can make them warm enuf for the coldest days General Buckland has made a speach since I comenst this letter he said if three fourth of the regiment would reinlist he would send the hull regiment home together on a furlow and let them recrute I hant much to write to day you wrote me in your other letter that Christ Snyder has pade that money that I lent to him if you can lend it out again you can do so but take good security so that it is safe I wish I could be at home to see to it myself but I cant now so we must do the best we can till I can com home again I often think of home and wish I could be their I have eleven month to stay yet but that will soon slip around if I only keep my helth then I will be well sadesfide but if one is sick hear he is bad off for he cant be tented to as he aut to be

So now I don’t no much more to write for this time write as soon as this coms to hand and don’t forget me so my love and best respect to you and all the rest of the friends.

So much from your beloved husband
John Hetrick
To Josephine C. Hetrick
So good by for this time

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Letter 26 To JCH dtd “German town Tennesee,” 22 Dec 1863 

Germantown Tennesee
December the 22, 1863

Dear beloved wife I have setet my self to day with the greatest of plesher to write a few lines to let you no that I am well ant harty again and I hope these few lines may meet you all in the same state of helth I got your letter yesterday that you wrote on the 12 and I was very glad to hear from you again I don’t think that you got all my letters that I wrote to you but I am glad that you got all my money that I send home we heard wonst that the express company broke up and our money was lost that we sent the last time the men have nearly all reinlistet in the old seventy second I gess they are agoing to start home about the first of next month on a furlow but them that don’t inlist got to stay hear wat they will do with them I don’t know yet but I expect they will put us in another regiment for my part I don’t care wat they will do with us --- I wont inlist if they put us in a negro regiment to serve out our time for I think I soldierd long enuf if I stay in the army three years I will let som of them a chance to go that are at home yet I would like to stay with the Seventy Second but I cant if I don’t inlist again since they comenst inlisting I have studied this thing over and over but I cant get it in my hed to inlist again for I com to conclution that my helth is worth more then fore hundred dollars and wat good dos $400 do a man if he braks himself down in his young days for I begin to feel this soldiering alredy and if I would go for two years longer I would feel it wors yet we got midlen good times sinse we are hear but how long it will last I don’t no we had a good deal of rain since we are hear but we got nise wether now it is midlen cold nites I wish this war was over so that we could all go home together and stay at home I often think about home last nite I dremed that I was at home and talked with you but when I woke up I lade hear on my hard bed of bords whare I could lay in a soft bed if I was at home but I hope that time will com by and by if nothing before we got the news that Colonel Crocket is ded and John fisher is ded he dide as the boat going up to St. Luis their hant meny sick hear now the small pox are around hear again I would hat to have them in the regiment their hant much news going on hear in camp so I don’t no much news to write When you write again let me no wether you got to pay the tax on my money mother wrote that she had to pay the tax on Georges money I cant see how they can tax his property when he is down hear Christmas is close on hand but I don’t think we will have more fun on Christmas then eny other day but I hope we can spend Christmas together next year if nothing hapens but we must be contented till we can meet again but you netent to trubel your self about me inlisting for I am glad when I get out of this before I inlist again we will soon find out how the draft coms of I am anchious to hear who got to go this time So now I don’t no much more to write for this time So write as soon as this comes to hand and don’t forget me and ile be shure and not forget you as long as I live So no more but my love and best respect to you and all the friends So much from your beloved husband John Hetrick to Josephine C. Hetrick So remember me when this you see and don’t forget and write to me.

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Letter 27 To JCH dtd “Germantown Tennesee,” 15 Jan 1864 4pp

Germantown Tennesee
January the 15 A.D. 1864

My Dear Beloved wife it is with the greatest of plesher that I setet my self to day to answer your letter of the first wich I reseived to day and the one you wrote on the 26 of Dec I got about ten days ago and I was very glad to hear from you again but I thought I wouldent write till I would get an answer on my last letter of the twenty second we are both well and harty at present hoping these few lines ma meet you all in the same state of helth we are still at Germantown yet how long well stay I cant tell for there are fourty three camp that offered cant accept co 

one day we got to go to Chattanooga next to texes next to start for home we cant beleeve eny thing that is sed eny more I hant no vetren and don’t expect to be neather is George for he cant inlist he hant ben in serves two years them that hant ben in two years cant reinlist we are still in the old Seventy Second and I think we can stay in it till our time is out for I think it is poor prospect for them going home yet they are all mustert out and mustert in again for three years longer but they hant pade off yet and cant tell when they will get pade yet this inlisting is something old again it is all quiet in the camp we had cold wether for the last few weeks it comenst to snow day before new years and it was cold and stormy ever since the snow hant all gone yet I ditent get out of the tent while it was so cold except I had to get out it seemed colder to me hear then it dit north in the winter but it is yet warmer now agan I and George got each of us a Company Record and we have since Send them home George send his on to mother we ditent pay them we only had a few stamps so we thought youens could pay them you would better get a glass and put it over it for if it gets handled much it will get tore that is if you get it most every one in the company got one or two of them and some three we hadent much fun hear on new years it was to cold the most fun was to set to the fire but I hope that we can have more fun next new years if we live that long I am glad that my time is so near out as it is if I get out of this safe if have ben a slave three years so they cant by me again for fore hundred dollars before I get out of this I want to be free wonst again their are a agood meny of these vetrens sory already that they inlisted I heard som say in this Company that if they had to inlist again they wouldent inlist again they are hunting all the negros up that they can find around hear for Soldiers pears is is going far a Capton in the negro regiment he got his Company about full by this time

I often think about home and dream about home but that is all the good it does for I cant get home eny sooner but I will soon be a nine month soldier So it don’t go by years eny more it goes by month their hant meny sick in the regiment now it is midlen helthy hear I hope we can stay around hear till our time is out but I don’t expect we can for it hant our luck to stay at one plase so long they got to kep us trotting around all the time we hant ben to one plase over two month since we left home except at Memphis we was fore months So now I don’t no much more to write for this time but I wish I could be with you I could tell you lots more news so wat I don’t write ile tell you when I get home I wish this war was settled so that we could all go home together so you must take good care of your self and the babey till I can get to com home I would like to see the babey but I expect to see you and the baby till next fall if nothing hapens So now I must bring my letter to aclose for this time write as soon as this comes to hand and remember me when this you see and don’t forget to write to me So my love and best respect to you and all the friends this is from your dear husband John Hetrick to Josephine C. Hetrick So good by for this time

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Letter 28 To JCH dtd “Memphis Tennesee,” 25 Feb 1864 1p 

Memphis Tennesee
February the 25th 1864

My Dear beloved wife I have setet my self to day with the greatest of plesher to write to you to let you no that I am well except a bad cough but I hope these few lines ma meet you all well and harty I got your letter on the twenty second and I was glad to hear from you again I was agoing to write next day after I got your letter but I couldent on accound of the vetrens astarting for home that day and yesterday we had to move our camp we are in the navy yard now doing guard duty we got a nise plase to stay hear we are in a big bilding it is a grist mill we will be on guard about every third day the vetrens had a great time the day they left I went with them to the boat but they wouldent take me along but that hant the worst for I ditent want to go home yet I want to wate about eight month then ile stay at home if I get home we got a heavy regiment yet we got 112 men all together from Sargent to privet and our commander is a first lieutenant out of the ninty fifth our officers are all gon home we had a hard tramp since I wrote you the last time but we all got throo safe we had a few skermishes with the rebels while we was gone but we all got throo safe you wrote that you let Whilson Beed have two hundred and forty five dollars that was write do the best you can with it I would like to be there to take care of it my self but I cant now so you must do the best you can till I can com back again I hant hear from my last money that I send home I send a book along home with John P. King I told him to keep it at his house till you would call for it so you can get it at his house he use to clerk at Beetses Store So you can easy find him I am glad that you got them Company records We got nise wether hear at present I am well sadesfide hear whare we are I would like to stay hear till our time was out for we couldent get get a better plase to stay then we got now you nedent to send me eny cloth when the boys coms back if you want to send us something els you can do so if not it is all rite I think I got clothe enuf to last me till my time is out if not I can get them from the government cheaper then I can get them from home their is a good deal of biusness don hear in Memphis it is a business plase but it is a hard plase for Soldiers as long as one got plenty of money he got plenty of friends I notice but such friends that I don’t care wether I no or not I cant tell all that I no about this plase now I will tell you the rest when I get home. I hardly no wat to write eny more but I gess I can Tsudy enuf up to fill this sheat but I can tell you that I am glad that I hant no vetren for I notice that their are some good faithfool soldiers hear yet that dittent reinlist that don their duty whareever they was and whatever they was told to do So now I must bring my letter to aclose for this time you musent think that I forgoten you for I often think about you and the babey and wish to be with you and I hope the time will soon com so that we can meet again So now I must com to aclose I think you will hear lots of news when the boys gets home So write as soon as this coms to hand So my love and best respect to you and all from your beloved husband John Hetrick to Josephine C. Hetrick

So remember me when this you see and don’t forget and write to me.

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Letter 29 To JCH dtd “Memphis, Tennesee,” 9 Apr 1864 1p

Memphis, Tennesee
Aprile the 9th 1864

My Dear beloved wife I setet my self to day with the greatest of plesher to inform you with a few lines to let you no that I am well and in good helth I reseived your kind letter of march 30 yesterday and red it with great plesher but if I could of talk with you instead of writing I could injoy my self lots better then I can by writing we got pade yesterday for two month but we wont send eny money home this time meby we will get pade again in a month time then we will send it all together meby the regiment will be back till that time we have very changibel wether hear one day it is warm next cold to day it is cold enuf to snow. We got forteen new recrutes the other day a good meny that I node that fisher that bought my colt is hear C. Boof tomas Fisher and some more around their I would like to see the regiment com back to hear the news you wrote that you had a nise easter and plenty of eggs but I ditent see eny eggs that day the eggs are most to dear at forty sents a dosant to eat meny I don’t think that I ate a dosent eggs since I left home but I don’t care for the eggs but it suprised me to hear that so meny vetrens got maried I guess they thought they would do as General Buckland told them that they could go home and get maried and surve their cuntry in more then one way I think till they come back it will be a biger regiment then it ever was before we got about 150 men hear now we got twenty one in our Company now we got good times hear if we can stay hear till our time is out ile be well sadesfide I often think bout you and wish to be with you but wishing don’t do eny good hear but if I only keep well ile be sadesfide I hant sory that I inlistet when I dit but I often think about the time that I inlisted I ditent no wat Soldiers life was then but I found it out since but I went becaus I thaught it was my duty to go and I think So yet I think it is every mans duty to help to put down this rebelion I expect their will be some hard fiting this sumer yet and meby before long but I think if General Grant gets some of his Gofers to work at richmont that he had at Vicksburg they will take it I think if that plase is taken this war will soon come to an end Generel Sherman has got comand of the western department now and I think he is just as good a Generel as we got in the field So now I don’t no much more to write for this time meby till I write again to you the regiment will be back then ile have more to write but if I was with you I could tell you lots more news and I hope that time will come soone so that we can meet again in hapiness so that we can tell each other the news so now I must bring my letter to aclose by teling you to write soon and not forget me you hant forgoten by me as long as life remains So my love and best respect to you and all the friends From your beloved husband John Hetrick to Josephine C. Hetrick

Write soon and remember me So good by

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Letter 30 To JCH dtd “Memphis Tennesee,” 10 May 1864 2pp

Memphis Tennesee
May the 10th 1864

My dear beloved wife I setet my self to day to inform you with a few lines to let you no that I am well at present hoping these few lines may find you all in the same state of helth further I got your kind letter of the 25 on the 2 of may and I was glad to hear from you again and you must excuse me for not writing sooner for we was on a weary march again we left hear on the thirtieth of Aprile and came back last nite we got on the cars hear and went thirty five miles that was as far as we could go on the cars that was five miles from Moscow we got off the cars marchet to the wolf river their we had to bild a bridge before we could cross left on the second went to bollawar tennesee from their we went down in Mississippi round by salem and back by Moscow back to the railrode ware we got off the train and got on the cars for Memphis again and ditent get to see a rebel the cavelry had a skermish with them at bollawer before we got their old forest lit out again down in miss when he heard that we was a coming we marchet about one hundred miles while whe we was gon the regiment came back on the twenty third of Aprile they was gon just two month we came to the regiment on the twenty seventh we got that Shuger that you send to us and it made me think about home when I ate it the boys hadent so much to say about home as I thaught they would have when they came back some are tired of it alredy I gues we had about as good a time as they had in the long run but I hope they will have a good time of it yet I wish them good luck a few lines about our wether we had nise wether on our scout we had a few hard rains before we startet and the day we startet it raind then it was nise till last nite it comenst to rain and raind all nite and to day it is rainy all day Capten Snyder got comand of the Company now again but I expect he will be major before long we are campt near whare we was campt before the regiment went home we got a nise plase hear but not as nise as the old mill was we are in the Second independent brigade we don’t belong to eny Corps so I think that they will not take us away from the westren department I am like you I would like to see this war setteld but I want to see the South give up and acknolage that they are rong the South rebeld aganst the north they was agoing to establish a confederacy but I hope they will fale in their carculation I am tired of this war as well as eny body els I would like to go home as well as eny one but as long as I got my helth I am sadesfide and if I keep well and alive ile get out of this again I inlistet for three years and ile try and serve it out

George is well their hant much sickness in the regiment now one of the Shue boys got the small pox in our Company but it hant so bad around hear as it was wen we was at the navy yard I don’t no much more news to write for this time but you must excuse me for not writing sooner I wouldev wrote before we went on the scout but we got the orders late in the evening to start early next morning with two days rations and so I had no chance to write eny more before we left and thinking that we would only stay a few days but that is the way it goes a Soldier don’t no when he got to pack up or whare he got to go or when he is a coming back or nothing till it is all over with now I don’t no much more to write for this time but if I was with you I could tell you lots more news and I hope that time will soon come so that we can met again I often think about you and wish to be with you and talk with you insted of writing but writing together is great sadesfaction to each other but the time wont be very long eny more till my time is out So we must keep up good curedge and content ourself the best we can till we can met again So now I must bring my letter to aclose write as soon as this coms to hand and don’t forget your dear husband So my love and best respect to you all from your true husband John Hetrick to his loving wife Josephine C. Hetrick

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Letter 31 To JCH dtd “Memphis Tennesee,” 1 Jun 1864 1p

Memphis Tennesee
June the 1, 1864

 My Dear beloved wife with the greatest of plesher I setet my self to day to write a few lines to let you no that I hant very well at present I had the aguer yesterday the regiment startet out on a scout this morning they went on the cars tords Moscow how long they will stay I cant tell I and George ditent go along this time George is well but he got a corn on one of his toes So that he cant ware his boot half the time I was agoing to go along yesterday I comenst to write a letter to you but ditent get it more then half wrote till I got the aguer So I thought that it would be best for me to stay hear I hant no letter to answer this time the last letter I got I got from you on the Second of may I gess my friends have all forgotten me that they don’t write I answer every letter that I got yet So if they don’t write to me they cant expect eny letters from me I am willing to answer all the letters I get it is warm and dry hear we hant had eny rain since the tenth of last month I expect the boys will have a hard time of it this time for it is so hot and dusty that it is anuf to kill a person I would like to be at home this sumer to help thru harvest I expect the hands must be midlen scarce for so meny went to the war I seen the list of the draftet in the Fremont paper that was draftet in Sandusky County but their was non that I node I hope Grant will be Sussessful at richmont I think if richmont is taken wonst this war wont last very long eny more I would like to hear the news that richmont was taken I don’t no much news to write this time meby I will get a letter from you soon then meby ile have more to write but if I could be with you I could tell you lots more news and I hope that time will soon be so that we can meet again I often think about you and wish to be with you but wishing don’t do eny good So now I must close for this time meby ile get a letter in a few days then I will write again So no more but write soon and don’t forget me

So my love and best respect to you all from your belovet Husband John Hetrick to his loving wife Josephine C. Hetrick

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Letter 32 To JCH dtd “Memphis Tennesee,” 16 Jun 1864 1p

Memphis Tennesee
June the 16, 1864

My Dear beloved wife with the greatest of plesher I setet my self today to write a few lines to let you no that we are both well hoping these few lines ma find you all in the same state of helth further I got your kind letter today of the first but it cam hear on the ninth I haf ben down to Vicksburg since I wrote you the last letter I left hear on the fifth and came back to day we took some deserters down their but I am sory to say that our regiment is badly ust up they had a fite near Guntons Miss whear they got over powerd and had to fall back and the men of our regiment got taken prisner they had fore hundred men wen they started out and came back with 150 men there are twenty nin men missing out of our Company and twenty two got back with the officers Co B got eight or ten men yet and co A is nearly all gon you can tell Jonah Engler that Frances is missing I will name some of our boys that are mising S Overmyer Lattig Garber J. Beery all our sargents are gon except one that is Sharb I am sory for the boys Generel Stergis had command of the exbedition and it is a pity that he dittent get his hed nocket off for I think that he aut to node better then to go out their with the men he had he lost about two hundred wagones and forteen peases of artillery besides the men he lost he only had about 8000 men our brigade and two niger regiment was all the infantry he had the rest was cavelry and artilery it was a miserebel time the way they say I wasent along this time but it is the first time that I wasent along that the regiment had fiting to do I was sory that I had to stay back but I wasent abel to go along when they left but I no that they hadent much fun the way they say but we had some skermishing coming up the river they fired in our boat at five diferent plases coming up with musketry but they ditent do eny harm Generel Smith came up the river as we went down with his divition he went out to meet forest now he has two divitions with him I think if he woulder had comand in the first plase we wouldent los as meny men as we dit they say that Generel Sturgeons is under arrest the regiment came in last Sunday wat is left of it they say that Generel Buckland cride when he first heard that the regiment was cut up so bad he thinks a good deal of his old regiment I think we will lay hear a while now for I don’t think that we got over two hundred men all together now in the regiment I wouldent care if we would stay hear now till my time was out now I only got fore month to serve eny more till my time is out and I hant afrad of them keeping us till the war is over for the war hant over yet and I think if I live and nothing hapens you will see me till next fall at least I hope so I would like to be at home now to help the folks throught the harvest but as it cant be now So we must do the best we can [Incomplete]

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Letter 33 To JCH dtd “Memphis Tennesee,” 27 Jun 1864 1p

Memphis Tennesee
June the 27 1864

Dear wife I setet my self to day to write a few lines to let you no that we got to leave hear at twelve oclock to day we are agoing to go on the cars how far we will go I cant tell we got pade this morning we send one hundred and ten dollars to the bank in Peters name fifty for George and sixty for me We are well and I hope these few lines may find you injoying the same helth I hant got much time to write this time I hant no letter to answer but I hope I will get one soon from you wheir we will go I cant tell but but I think that we will only go out to guard the railrode We hand taken eny thing along except our blankets their hant no teams agoing along so I don’t think we got to march I wrote a letter to mother yesterday So I don’t no much to write to day but as soon as I get a letter from you I will answer it then meby I can tell more about this moove but you musent trubel your self about me ile try and do the best I can and hope to get back all rite again I often think about you and wish to be with you but as it is so you must take good care of your self and be contented and I will try and do the same So now I don’t no much more to write for this time and as I hant got much time eny more to write So I must come to a close So no more but my love and best respect to you and all the rest of the friends you netent to write till I write again meby that will be soon so no more but remember your true husband John Hetrick to Josephine C. Hetrick

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Letter 34 To JCH dtd “LaGrange Tennesee,” 25 Jun 1864 2pp

LaGrange Tennesee
June the 28th AD 1864

My Dear loving wife with the greatest of plesher I setet my self to write a few lines to let you no that we are well at present hoping when these few lines coms to hand that they may find you all in the same state of helth I got your kind letter yesterday and also one from Peter and I was glad to hear from you again we left Memphis on the 22 of this month we ditent leave on the 21 as I wrote that we would we came out to Moscow their we stade till yesterday we came hear how long we will stay hear I cant tell the cars runs as far as hear now I think they are agoing to open this road again as far as Corenth it is very warm hear it is most to warm to march now we marched from Moscow hear yesterday and it was about as much as I wantet to do do but I don’t think that we will march a great deal for they send all the sick out from Memphis yesterday that stade their when we left them that was abel to walk but still we cant tell wat they are agoing to do but there is a midlen big forse coming out this time it looke as if they was agoing to do something

I don’t know much news to write this time and poor sadesfaction to write hear I cant get eny ink so I must do the best I can We hand had eny chance to take eny thing along we left every thing back except our rubers and some got a wallen blanket or a piese of one we got a nise plase hear whear we are campt hear wheare we are campt plenty of spring water of the best kind so I wouldent care if they would leave us hear to guard this plase for I hate to march when it is so warm and I cant stand it to march eny more as I not to could Soldiering is about plade out with me for I am getting tired of it but I am willing to serve my time out wich is fore month from to day and I wouldent care if that time was hear now and the war was over so that we could all go home together and stay at home and live in pease again and I hope that grant will be sussessful to take richmont I think if that is taken wonst it will make a great change in this war but it will cost a good meny lives till that is taken but a mans life is nothing in this they don’t think eny more of killing a man then of killing a fly but if I only get out of it again ile be well sadesfide.

I often think about home and wish to see all my friends again and I hope the time will soon be hear so that we can meet again but we got to be sadesfide wharever we are and hope for better times to com So I don’t no much more to write but if I had a more conveniant plase to write and ink to write with I could write some more but I cant write with the pensel So that it looks like writing and I think you will get tired till you get this red I will answer Peters letter in a few days So now I must bring my letter to aclose for this time I wrote a letter to you on the twenty first but meby you ditent get it we got pade and we send 110 dollars to the bank in Peters name 50 for George and 60 for me So no more but my love and best respect to you and all the friends So write as soon as you get this and don’t forget your loving Husband John Hetrick to his wife Josephine C Hetrick

So good by

There are a good meny mistakes in this letter but I will corect them when I get home.

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Letter 35 To JCH dtd “Memphis tennesee,” 24 Jly 1864 2pp

[Envelope]
July 24, 1864
Memphis Ten
Mrs. Josephine C. Hetrick
West Fremont
Candusky Co.
Ohio

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Memphis Tennesee
July the 24th 1864

Dear wife with the greatest of plesher I setet my self to day to inform you with a few lines to let you no that we are both well hoping these few lines may find you all injoying the same state of life I got yours of the first on the twenty second and I was glad to hear from you again We was on another hard exbedition again and we had fiting to do besides we left La Grange on the 5 and came back to lagrang on the 21 marching every day except two we came back to Memphis on the 22 we had some hard times while we was gon we marchet about two Hundred and thirty or forty miles we had a fite on the 13 about 4 miles from Tubelo our Lieutenenent Huffman got wounded in the leg and one privet got wounded in the sholder and one missing in our Co We got 10 wounded and one kild in the regiment that day on the 14 they atactet us again with a hevey force but we ditent get in action that day but we was under fire all the time our forses wasent near all ingaged but the rebels got badley wipt that day the next morning they attactet us again at the same plase they thought we had all left but they hapent to find one divition their yet the third divition had left with the train So after we had wipt them out again we pulled

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the other divition we went about 8 mil