January 1862 - December 30, 1862

to Rutherford B. Hayes n.p., [1862]
to Rutherford B. Hayes n.p., After Noon [1862]
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd Cincinnati, January 5, 1862
to Sardis Birchard dtd Cincinnati, January 15, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd Cincinnati, March 2, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd Cincinnati, March 13, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd Cincinnati, March 15, 1862
to Sardis Birchard dtd Cincinnati, March 16, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd Cincinnati, March 18 & March 21, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd Cincinnati, March 31, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes n.p., March 31, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes n.p., [April 1862]
to Laura Platt Mitchell dtd Cincinnati, April 6, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd Cincinnati, April 12, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd Cincinnati, April 22, 1862
to Dr. Joseph Webb dtd Cincinnati, April 23, 1862
to Sardis Birchard dtd Cincinnati, April 30, 1862
to Sophia B. Hayes dtd Cincinnati, April 30 [1862]
to Rutherford B. Hayes n.p., [May, 1862]
to Rutherford B. Hayes n.p. May 14, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd Cincinnati, May 17, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes n.p. [May 19, 1862]
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd Cincinnati, May 24, 1862
to Sardis Birchard dtd Cincinnati, May 27, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd Cincinnati, June 4, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd Cincinnati, June 7, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd Chillicothe, June 11, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd Chillicothe, June 29, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd Chillicothe, July 4, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd Buena Vista, July 13, 1862
to Sardis Birchard dtd Buena Vista, July 21, 1862
to Dr. Joseph Webb dtd Chillicothe, July 28, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd Chillicothe, August 2, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd Chillicothe, August 13, 1862
to Maria C. Webb & others dtd Chillicothe August 17, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd Chillicothe August 29, 1862
List of Ohio wounded in hospital visited by Lucy W. Hayes dtd Middletown, MD, September 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd Chillicothe, September, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd Willow Branch, September 18, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes n.p., [December 1862]
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd Cincinnati, December 4, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd December 16, 1862
to Rutherford B. Hayes dtd Cincinnati, December 30, 1862





Dearest R.

There is one thing which troubles me a great deal- about my going to Fremont- you know that my greatest desire is to do what will be pleasant to you, When you were at home - I several times thought I would try and ask you whether Mother Hayes would be one of our family at Fremont- but I could not do it- I feel R. that it would be sure to have some unhappy ending- either with myself or change Uncle Birchards feelings entirely in regard to me- have you never thought that so situated it would be almost impossible for me with my children to have a happy home- I know very well my own weakness- and that while I believe I would try and do my duty- yet with my boys and the baby so troublesome I cannot undertake it without talking with you seriously of the terrible risk I incur- Mother H is peculiar and does not nor can she regard me with much love- I cannot tell you why I know it- but I feel it beyond all doubt- Uncle Birchard is very unwell this spring and I have thought and thought and felt that I would make the effort any how believing that your love for me would not be changed by any thing - then again I felt impelled to write to you really what my feelings are- You may say that I knew when you were here- that we would live together- I did not- you never mentioned it when we were talking of Fremont- and I could not ask you- and then I felt that in some way it had been arranged that she would make her home at Delaware- but since she has returned to Columbus and speaks of going to Fremont I felt that I must let you know the terrible anxiety I have about it-

There is no one for me to talk with on this subject but you- and then it is so tender a one that I write with fear- nothing dear R. but the horror I have of family jars and feuds- could make me do it

Uncle Birchard is not well- has not been used to living with children then I would expect to constantly watch them- and try to guard against their worrying him- and such is his love for you that it would overlook many faults but I fear that two persons neither of them well- and having such different ideas of [g]overning children- and one always in the house knowing 19 all their misdeeds- oh Ruddy can you not see why I am fearful-

I had a very kind letter from Uncle- he was not well- but the workmen were hanging the doors- and he would try and be ready by June- if he was not well enough to come down himself he would send McCllellan- from that I fear he is unusually feeble- When you answer this dear R- do not write hastily to me- do not let this which is the hardest thing I ever did- cause you to say one cold word- I was going to say unkind- but will not- for I know you will feel for me- while probably you may censure-

Your dearly loving wife-

Dear Ruddy- this note has been written hesitated to send it in my last letters- but to day I [felt] that you ought to know my anxiety and fear- if you were with me - or would be with us there- it wou[ld] be all right- so great is my fear of giving you pain or uneasiness that if I do send it- I expect to repent of it. And yet I feel that if you knew [my] feelings now- that should it be impossible [I ought] for [me] to live so- you could not reflect and say/ [I ought] to have been open with you and told you-

I am so afraid it will find you harressed [sic] and weary- do not let it add anything to your care- I can say nothing more- you have known well that all my hopes and love center in you- God bless you and preserve you dear dear husband- Think of me lovingly-

Yours L.
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After Noon-

[to Rutherford]

Uncle Birchard has sent me a paper the Cleveland Leader of May 29th and in it is a letter from Co A giving an account of the retreat from Pearisburg- while not extravagant in its terms it yet gives true praise and [illegible] the Lt. Col. always ready for any emergency- and order- no compasion [sic] where Lt Col and your command- that much is equal- but when it speaks of the confidence of the [illegible] Our regiment to a man are ready to go forward and are ready to follow Lt Col Hayes whereever [sic] he chooses to lead. He has the entire confidence of the Regt It was pleasant delightful to me to read

Little Joe is asserting his rig[ht] in a lusty manner- Webb w[ho] loves him dearly and nurses him a great deal- takes him off bed when he wakens and carry him round is now trying to [con]sole him- but nothing but Ma Me can do it- Good bye dearest- Love from all Tell Brother Joe- that little Joe decidedly the smartest quickest (and what else) baby th[at] been here- Mother often says the smartest boy we have- And he ought to have looked like Joe- yet he is the miniature likeness of papa - As Mother is a "perfect chip of the old block.

Good bye and love to all from the boys and wife. L.
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Cincinnati, January 5th [1862]

My dearest Ruddy-

How long the time seems since we parted - almost six months - and the first time for nine happy years that we have been separated. Our little fourth boy was two weeks old last night- I have been very careful- and today for the first time left my bed- to sit up- you do not know dearest how much I missed you- as evening drew on my thoughts always turned to the dear absent one- but the hone of soon seeing you- dispels all gloom and now I hope to be perfectly well and to have so much happiness with you.

Our little boy- or little Joseph as the children call him and I wish -is a nice baby - not very large- a plump face - a mouth like brother Joes- nose like Webb's - and dark blue eyes- we all think in a few weeks will be a handsome boy- he now has the Colic (as usual) very severely- but mother thinks he would be good if he could- so we hope he will soon out grow it- I have so much I want to say to you- and feel almost tired out now- so you may look for a short letter - but a great deal of love - Birchie is rocking the boy- Rud and Webb by me- and Mother just left the room at the call of a couple of Soldiers- I am all anxiety to know where they are from and whether I am to receive a letter from you by them- Your Sergeant McK is a curiosity he speaks in high terms of Col Hayes I saw him on Friday Jan 6th the sergeant has just called and I will send by him - Was so glad to hear by Mr Hay- oh how much we do want to see you- Our dear little boy suffers a good deal with Colic but we hope he will soon out grow it- We all love him dearly - the only trouble is that we feel so much when he is suffering- We are so happy in the prospect of your return- Dont say any thing about the Sargeants [sic] Condition when he called for getting home had overcome him- and it did not affect me in the least- I had a great deal to say but as he is waiting will close- I am sitting by the fire writing- Ruddy standing by me Birch and Webb out on their Sled- Mother and all join in a great deal of love-

Good bye dearest, Yours Affe. L.

Jim McKell has just come in-he is now 2nd Lieutenant-their Reg. expects soon to be ordered off- his father's health is better.
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Cincinnati, January 15th [1862]

My Dear Uncle

How strangely things happen yesterday Mother and I were sitting by the fire- talking of present troubles and sorrows of ourselves and dear friends-and while thinking of you and wishing to hear directly from you- I prepared to write and was just beginning, when brother Joe came in and handed us your letter- we cried over it, short as it was- for we had wanted to hear from you so much-and as yesterday I did not succeed in finishing a letter I will try today. I will begin back several months to let you know that to us the last six months-has been one of anxiety and tears- Mr. Hayes and brother Joe in June took their places in our Volunteer Army-Joe as Surgeon Mr. H. as Major- they are together (Mr. Hayes now Lt Col.) of 23rd Regiment-they have had a share of the hardships in Virginia-and are now at Fayetteville-some twelve or fifteen miles from Gauley. We hear from them quite often-and they have been very well. Mr. Hayes-health was never better than now, and brother Joe unusually free from headaches-it seems almost incredible that they have stood the severe marches and fatigues so well. Brother Jim is now in Virginia with the 23rd Brother Joe has been at home since the 10th of Dec. and is now preparing to start back again- he will leave us next Saturday-it seems very gloomy to look forward to being left- we have been alone so much this winter-the 28th of Jan, it will be six months since they started to Virginia-and they were more than a month in Camp at Columbus- You have not heard I suppose, that we have another boy, four weeks old next Saturday. So now we have four boys-quite a family-well in these sad times-I am glad we have no girls-Mother has not been so well this winter-troubled more by her cough and I think the reason she does not write, is that it is painful to her while writing-she often says that she regrets so much that she has not written oftener to the boys and her brothers and sisters-but of late years she depends most on brother Joe and when he is away on me. My dear Uncle we have not heard from you or anything about your family for so long-that we did not know how long or how fast Aunts health was failing and we were so astonished and grieved to hear that Aunt was dead-and now as I write I can hardly believe-and almost have a hope that it arose from her being so ill. My dear Uncle. I need not say anything to ----- you of Mother's and my love for you-do write to us soon-and let me know about the children-especially the little one left by Aunt. Our little Ruddy has been very sick all fall-chills and fever-and with the chills a tendency to spasms-we thought at one time he would not live-the spasms were very severe then I was very unwell myself-was not able to do anything for some time-and a constant stab of anxiety about Ruddy-Mr. Hayes and Joe-when I think of the last six months. I can hardly see how we have got along-We now expect Mr. Hayes home in two or three weeks-without there should be a renewal of hostilities in their region. Love to all.

Yours truly
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Cincinnati, March 2nd [1862]

Dear Rutherford,

A rainy dreary Sunday afternoon with no dear husband, to chase away sad thoughts and give to home its cheerfulest [sic] and happiest aspect- indeed dearest it has appeared sad and dreary since you left- And now it is like a pleasant dream- that- you have been home and the sad awakening has co-me- Each day I have intended to write and to day the pen and ink has been near me- but until now no time to write a word- Sunday to me is a day of more toil than the others of the week- I have more care of the children- feeling that the poor girls deserve a day of more rest than is their usual lot- This morning Webby accompanied his dear Ma Ma to the church on Longworth and Park- old Mr Knight the chaplain of the 2nd Kentucky Reg. preached a good sensible sermon- Webb was very good but had taken his Valentine (the

picture of the flag) a very hideous looking thing with him and greatly to my dismay was intently studying it- then a nice little girl in the seat back of us fell asleep- so Webb got on his knees- and leaned over the seat to pull her dress and excite her companions to more mirth than was desirable on the occasion I succeeded in calming the young gentleman- and think no one but old Mrs Thomas would know how badly, Mrs Hayes managed her boys- notwithstanding all Webb was good- Birchie has not entirely recovered from his cold- today he has been much interested in Peter Parley - he said to me this evening "Peter Parley must be a very smart man- for he has made no mistakes in his geography- he approves Peter and I think would like more of his works- Ruddy the great boy of the house is constantly doing good things- has succeeded in getting poor Pauline completely under his control he talks a great deal about you and Uncle Joe - he has not forgiven Uncle Joe for leaving him- but looks upon it as a matter course that you should Little Joseph is growing a very little- but he is a pretty and sweet baby- Uncle Joe will yet be proud of him- I feel disheartened about the poor little fellow ever getting over the Colic- it is painful to me to witness his sufferings- Mother agrees with me that it is different from the other children- he notices a great deal- and will be happy when he has a moment free from pain-

Friday Mrs Herron called for me to make a couple of calls with her. Mrs Killseth and Katy Myers of Columbus- We enjoyed the calls especially Miss Katy very much- then I made some neighborhood calls- coning home in the meantime and finding Joseph was asleep- after a dreadful time of Colic- One call especially pleased me for two reasons- I dreaded -to make it- -and now it is over- and the other that I found Mrs Butler a most agreeable pleasant lady- Saw Miss Sallie Perry last night or evening- I always enjoy seeing her- but Rutherford I slandered no body- not even U.K.R. was not that wonderful for me- but then Miss Sallie is not given to gossip (any more than your wife is) and that accounts for it- What are you doing to day- I would give a great deal if I only knew how and where you are- and what you were doing- this afternoon I have had to strive against the blues and the most unaccountable feeling of anxiety- but I will not give way to it- for in the world I pass as remarkably cheerful- "I really wonder how Mrs Hayes is so cheerful with her husband absent- How little do they know what I feel or think but with all dearest I would not have you do different- I wonder if my love for you is not so great that all you do is right- you could not do other- wise and so being separated love grows stronger and deeper- It is hard they would not let Major Granderry's (of Texas) wife share his imprisonment- poor thing she had followed him all through the Campaign- and now is denied the privilege of sharing his prison- well it is hard- but why fight against the old flag- I can steel my heart against all secession sorrows except to deny a wife the sad happiness of sharing the prison with the dearest object on earth-

The clock says nine- and I must soon close for little Joe is not fond of much sleeping- and will soon be up- the rain is pattering against the windows-and all makes me think of dear absent ones- Mother is in bed- feeling a little Rheumatic- but hopes to be well in the morning- We have many sick and some wounded here- poor fellows away from home and friends- oh how sad it makes me feel- nothing I can do to relieve the suffering- Good night dearest- May we not be separated long.

Yours. L.
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Cincinnati, March 13th [1862]

Dearest R,

It is getting late- but all day our poor little Joe has cried and worried so that I have had no time to do any thing but trot- trot- and tap and try all ways of holding him but nothing can ease the Colic- Well tis [sic] all in a lifetime- and he will soon be three months old- and I will hope for a change- in deed he is a dear little fellow and now is growing nicely- notices very much and when free from pain laughs in a charming way- After a day of hard work- (for I do think drilling a regiment would be play) he is now at nine o'clock asleep with his grandmother- or rather- they are in the large rocking chair- both asleep- The boys are in bed sound asleep- Birchie has been reading to Webb in the Third Reader- he is getting along very well in reading- spelling and Mental Arithmetic- Webb has still a few days of grace- his school labors do not begin until the 20th Ruddy I think feels that he knows quite as much as his brothers- and also that he can control them in a great degree- he has not forgiven his Uncle Joe for going back to Virginia- and insists that he shall not come home- we ask why and his reply always the same- "because he went off and left -me

I have not been out much since you left- and have seen no one to hear any gossip- this will disappoint you no doubt- but I will give you some home talk Our neighbor Mrs Ellis called to see me the other day- she was very pleasant refered [sic] to our not knowing each other sooner- and hoped we would be better neighbors in future- A very pleasant call Mrs Wilson still has the Ladies sewing but not now for the gallant 10th but for the great Aid Society-

Mrs Perry called to see me this Afternoon- I always feel better after having a pleasant chat with her-

Col Scammon called this afternoon Pauline (the german [sic] who knows no English) opened the door- and left the Col standing there- while she came to tell me a soldier- was at the door- I sent Webb in a hurry to ask him in- and was about starting down- when I thought it may be the Col- I will see how I look- there upon brushed and arranged my toilet to look my best- and sure enough found it was Col Scammon- he was very agreeable- talked of the War- but rather indignant at the rumor that Donn Piatt was to be made a Brig. Gen- I agree with the Times it would be an outrage Fremont has conquered the Plains and is reinstated- and in Virginia his command- how anxious I feel that he shall be the right man and in the right place- Last Sunday I walked home with Mr Corwine- he was very sorry he did not get to see you- then he talked of Fremont and told me how anxious Fremont was to have the 23rd in his Command- I must tell you Birchie last night's prayer- Some days he was asking me why the Eagle was our emblem- then wanted to know of England and France- I told him I believed England had the Lion- and France I thought was a flower- so his prayer- after the Lords prayer- And oh Lord- Let us take all their forts and all their rations and we will still keep our flag- our United States Flag- we will still keep it- and the Eagle our American Eagle that noble bird- England Spain France may have their Lion and their flowers- but we will still keen our Eagle- Oh Lord we will not part with our flag with its red stripes and white and its beautiful stars- and our American Eagle (take care of our soldiers- the followed the names of a good many- and among them Greg- dear boy he has a great deal of faith in prayer- he is learning Logans speech for next week- Mother thinks he may be an orator.

Read the Chaplain General of the Western Division of the Army of the Potomac.
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Cincinnati, March 15 [1862]


I have just received your letter of the 9th We are all so happy when we hear from you and brother Joe-

I will hand the note to Mr. S. I have you so completely identified with the 23rd that I would feel a little sad myself- but dearest all for the best How much I do love you (this rainy day-) Mother has just received a letter from Isaac-Nelson- I wish Joe would write to him- Mr Allen the teacher- brother of the pretty smart teacher at Columbus is the Captain- Col Orland Smith and the 72nd I believe the No of the Reg- Rud says to tell you he has on a new pair of pants that had a hole in the knee (Mother had just mended his pants and he takes them for new) and he is now wearing shirts- with tucked bosoms- Collar and Cuffs- you do not know how large he looks- a great improvement is his appearance- He insist that I shall tell you he has four pair of pants- but one pair is not done- now he smiles and is happy as I read to him what I have written- Birchie says- You must not forget the 20th of March- he has had good lessons all week- and was marked first rate (the highest) for his speech last Wednesday- and is now learning Logan's speech for next week-

Webb's mind is on the horses- he says tell you and Uncle Joe when you come home you must bring your horses- and to tell Lieut Kennedy, he is so much obliged to him for the sword- and that he intends to be a soldier-

All join in love- write soon-

Yours Affc- Lu

Does Joe want gloves
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Cincinnati, March 16th [1862]

Dear Uncle,

I received your very kind letter- and hope that it will not be long before we shall have the pleasure of seeing you- I can hardly realize that Rutherford has been home- so short was the time- the only difference now I cannot look forward to seeing him in a few days- My time is very fully taken up with the children- Birchie's lessons must be attended to- indeed I fancy Uncle, I would make a right good school teacher- Birchie is fond of study- does not require urging and just as fond of play. Webb will be six years - the 20th of this month then he is to begin reciting to me- he is so mischievious [sic] so constantly at work- tormenting Rud and even Birchie- that he is at once a little torment- and the most affectionate little fellow in the world.

What will you do when you get my three rowdy boys- (to say nothing of the Mother) in your house- I really do sympathize with you - but you did it yourself. I will say nothing about the arrangements we will make- will wait until you come down-

Col Scammon has been at home- left yesterday for Va- I had a letter yesterday from Rutherford- he wrote in good spirits he said Joe was in fine spirits- that all the Reg were well eight hundred men fit for duty- it must be a very satisfactory feeling that all are well- The whole Reg is now at Raleigh or as it is printed on the map Beckley- I must tell you how highly R stands with all the men- it is so gratifying to think- how he is loved You know whenever anyone from the 23rd comes I always ask them to stop with us- they all say- we are hoping Col Hayes will be promoted- and but a few days ago two very intelligent men- Called to see us- they took tea with us- left in the ten o'clock train for Cleveland- they were speaking of how well Rutherford was- that he had never been sick- and talking this way when one said- in an under tone- There is no one in the Reg that would not give his life for Col Hayes- We know how really kind and good Rutherford is- but it is a trying position to be placed in- and if after this length of time all love him and speak well of him- his talent for governing is fixed- One of these men said Col Hayes is the right kind of a man to be over a thousand men- Excuse my letter and do not feel obliged to read it all- I will tell you how fond I am of my husband- for you love him too- Remember me to all the friends- Mrs V. in particular

Yours truly.
L.W. H.
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Cincinnati, March 18th [1862]

Dearest R.

Yesterday was more gloomy to me, than usual- I could not shake off the feeling of depression- Our little Joe- all morning fretted and cried- and I could not help thinking of almost three months passed and still no prospect of the dear little fellow getting over it- to day is one of the most lovely days- if home folks were with us, how delightful it would be- Whenever I receive a letter from you it makes me feel, that I must write immediately- this morning we were made happy by a letter brought by Mr Schooley- how delighted I should be to be with you for a little while what a pleasure to be again all together. I was pleased to read Camp Hayes- the outermost post is it not- now that the Grand Army has left the Capitol- will the Western Va- troops move on also We are having great success on the Mississippi- last nights telegraph was that Island No 10 had been taken by our troops the papers are discussing Gen Mc --- plan and the propriety of allowing the Rebels- to evacuate Manassas many speak of it as no victory - yet to me it seems it must have been occasioned by their knowing they could not hold it- but will it cause our Army to go farther in the southern states- I was looking at the Map of the southern states- it looks almost impossible to conquer so great a division if they are all united in feeling-

Where will it end- March 21st

It is almost night- a gloomy rainy day- Yesterday was Webb's birthday - he seemed to feel its importance and also he has commenced his education- poor little Joe his three months old birth day and as much affliction as ever- he is growing very pretty and smart- either our other babies have been dull, or he is much smarter than they were- We all love him very dearly- the more trouble I suppose the more love- as I write I can see Mrs Carlisle- lying at the window she has suffered a great deal- and there does not seem to be much improvement- though I hear she is better- Miss Lu Wright is considered better - whether her improvement will be lasting is the anxiety - it appears to me - Mr S.is always more cheerful in his manner - when Miss Lu is improving. You see dearest I will have it- that he is very much affected by her illness When the lover merges into the husband perhaps it would be different- dont you ever get tired of my uninteresting scrawl - brains for fine composition - Minus

But I will not give you the pleasure of finishing my letter just yet, besides having to tell you how dearly I love you, which you know already, I want to say something about Miss De Charms brother, a private in the 6th Reg. Miss Sallie Perry is also much interested for him, on the sisters account, he was to be graduated this fall, and nothing but patriotism caused him to enlist as a private - the situation of the family dependent almost entirely on the sister for support, and the reduction of her salary, makes it a very sad case - there is no prospect for anything better. in the 6th his Captain Westcott speaks of him very highly, ande [sic] from my admiration for the sister's character. Sallie P gave me some little home affairs, and if you could any way help him to a little better position - then I think but what could you do many doubtless in your own Regiment, whose fate seems equally hard. Sallie Perry when a friend is a sincere one, thought it might be possible that Gen Fremont (aspiring rather high) if it was not too small a matter might need secretary or some of the hundred other things, for the Gen. for the sister's sake whose life seems doomed to one of toil, if possible

do something. Well dearest I feel a great deal more and a great deal better than I can express. Your last contribution to the Art Gallery arrived safely - the motto of one, "never take the property of others" ought to have restrained the ruthless hand. Brother Jim has been appointed ass. Surgeon to the 50th now in Camp Chase - March 22nd I was sorry my letter was not finished - the leader of the band called, and I know you get letters so much sooner sent by hand, than mail. Little Joe was right unwell yesterday and last night but today seems easier.

The 50th Reg is an Irish one, is it not. I fear it will not be so pleasant a position for Jim. Col M'Cook a Brig. Genl. he deserves it does he not does he not now a days, political influence does most in getting appointments - Miss De Charmes just passed she looked charming - To my astonishment Daniel walked in a little while ago - he has been like satan, [sic] when, asked what he had been doing, "Going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it," so he has been wandering. Well his experience leads him to desire to get back to the Army - he asked me to write, if there was any chance of getting employment by some of the Officers, and if so what would be necessary to get back, anything like a pass - he is now chopping wood at Miamiasville - he looks very well and is much improved by freedom - dont fail to inquire since mother baked Joe cake, and broiled side meat, I am anxious for him to receive it. with best love to Joe., and many kisses for self.

Yours truly,
Lu W. H

Sunday afternoon All well- another gloomy day- You do not know how much we want to see you- Rud is running around the room he now has shirts so feels like a man- Mr S is here-Love nothing but love and oh we miss you so much.


Dear Hayes

By your wife's consent I take occasion to suggest here that possibly the "Mountain Department" might have some chink which young Will DeCharms could fill. If he Gen Fremont comes near Raleigh perhaps you can reach him. These ladies have determined to engineer this "nice young man" into a place. I guess he will do it.

What think you of Fremont now? Is not his Department too much confined? Several of our citizens have been to Washington lately and they come home bitter against McLellan. I guess McL is very lame somewhere. There is nothing now here. Write me

Try R. H. S
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Cincinnati, March 31st [1862]

My Dearest R-

The last day of March- a bright beautiful day- the children well and happy- (little Joe improving) everything to make life pleasant and joyous but the absence of the one- who is dearer than anything else- I think of you constantly this last week- has been the most gloomy I have spent- if I could only know what you were doing where you were- but the uncertainty oh it is dreadful- now dearest you will say that is not like my wife- she is losing her claim to be a soldiers wife no no dearest- it is only once and awhile I write of gloom and sadness- Yesterday Cap Whitcomb- was buried brother Jim took the three boys to see the procession- it was an imposing sight- I cannot help sympathizing with his wife and child- my thoughts constantly turned towards them- the last long week but with all the sorrow darling- there is the thought he died bravely upholding our flag- You will probably hear before my letter reaches you- -the dreadful charge against Mr Lippitt- it has been the most wonderful thing to me Last Sunday week as he was going home in the morning- after being at work in the Office all night- he was seen by Mr Campbell and wife (neighbors of his) who were riding in a buggy behind him to tear up something a letter and throw it on the ground- the first bit of paper (for it was torn in the envelope) they did not notice but when two or three were passed- the curiosity of the woman was raised and she had her husband get out and gather up the pieces- they brought them to the office on Monday- they recognized the man as E S Lippit- what a dreadful disgrace to the family They are crushed to the earth- poor Mrs Lewis was in the city on Thursday and Friday trying to get bail for him- and also trying to see the persons who were the losers.

Mr Stevenson was here last night

(Joseph prevented me from finishing)

April 1st he seemed to think it looked very hard for Mr L- said he thought

it would be wisest for him to forfeit the bail- his poor wife and children- if guilty what disgrace for them- still I hope he is innocent tomorrow will decide Yesterday I received Mr and Mrs R M Corwin's Card- rather a surprise to me- though not so to many- they are at the Burnet- Miss Juliet Stow 22 years of age of or near Vincennes, Ind. joy be with them- but the other wife- so soon forgotten-

I came near finishing my letter without saying any thing about Jim He has been appointed to the 50th R he came home last Friday and left this morning- he was very well-

I have been hoping to see some one to send you the little Compass- Rud and Webb went to see Tom Thumb- Rud has a good deal to say about it- Birch as it was nothing but a little man- would not go-

With best love and heartfelt prayers darling for your happiness.

Yours Affc. Lu

Was glad to receive Joes letter-
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March 31st [1862]

[to Rutherford]

I wonder dearest if this scrawl will reach you- the dread feeling is with me that you are even now marching- we are not separated- for I feel that you constantly think of me with so much love-

I received a letter from Uncle B. he has not been well- and cannot have us there before the first of June this disappoint me some- for when I had made up my mind that it was best- and that you desired it- I felt anxious to be over with the change as soon as possible- then I feel restless and unsettled- and fear that it may be more of care to Uncle than he ought to have- your presence would make it less care for him- he thinks I am going to rent the house- and said not to give possession till June for he could not be ready for us- I had a letter from your Mother a few days ago- she was well- Nellie Mead is well- she had a letter from Laura and we have a little hope of seeing her in Cin

Birchie is doing well at school- Last week I was present at the distribution of Certificates for study and deportment- Speeches and Composition by the boys- when to my surprise Birchie Hayes was called- Mr C- announced he was our little boy- You would have felt proud- I did- he spoke so well- a little embarrassed shown only by his heightened color- Logans speech- I appeal to any White & - - - recall your early days- Birchie was pleased with his Certificates- I with all Webb is loving and mischevious [sic]- as you say he hates books- you must write him a long letter- he was pleased with the one you wrote- but quietly said you must write another- also Rud must have a letter - by some means- he always asks "is this my letter" - Webb today was asking his Grand ma how old she was- she told him he said "Well I have prayed for you is the reason you have not died"- Mother joins in much love to you and our dear brother.-

Yours Affec.
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April [1862]

[to Rutherford]

Before I commence writing, I think of so many things I want to say to you, and think of news or gossip, but when all is gone except my love for you, and the great constant anxiety we feel. Mr. Stevenson is very kind. indeed he is a true friend, but then dearest if I begin to

speak of friends, they are too numerous to mention. Sometimes the thought crosses my mind, if I were all alone and desolate, who then would be true. this last month has been unusually sad to me, probably owing to the fact that you would be going farther from me each day. the little boys are well and happy talk a great deal of Uncle Joe and PaPa. poor little fellows, the time that you have been absent seems long to them. Birchie asked me this morning if you had not been gone a year, and how much longer would it be before PaPa was home. We had a very pleasant surprise, last Friday week. Laura came down to make us a little visit, and being holiday week with our little school marm Nellie she came round also and we had a pleasant time, marred only with me by the thought of dear absent ones. I believe -the girls were really happy I know they were. Then dear little Ruddy came last Friday, and that completed the joy of the children, and inc- eased mine dear little fellow. How much I thought of dear Sister Fannie her love and pride of Ruddy. he will never know what she was or realize the great loss he sustained. Laura loves him dearly, and if a sisters love could make up for a mothers, she would do it. They left yesterday, and today we feel so lonely, that if little Joe was not so troublesome and suffering constantly with colic, I would run off to Fremont to get a peep at Uncle Birchard, but the dear little fellow ties my hands completely. some times he seems to be out growing it, then again for weeks he is constantly suffering with it. four months passed yesterday, and each day more care with him six months will probably be the end of it. I see by the paper Capt. Richardson of the 54th (was it yet) reported killed. how hard to realize that it can be so. Captain Hunter called to see me yesterday, and expects to leave today or tomorrow. wouldnt- I be happy if I could only go. dearest remember one thing you promised me if any thing happens I am to be immediately sent for. wont you make the arrangement with brother Joe, now. dearest how bitter would be my sorrow. remember darling you or my dear brother. let us know instantly whether sickness or wounds. Miss Sallie Perry is so much interested for poor miss De Charmes, and was afraid you would think he was killed. she has written a note on the subject. she has not much hope that you can do anything, and still hopes against hope. Your movements in are kept very quiet although the Commercial speaks of activity in Fremont Department Col Moody,s [sic] Reg, left Camp Chase last Sunday, and left the Col also. they are under Lt Col Von Schroder. last evening Times had an article so expressive of Col Moody regret, deep grief, almost inconsolable sorrow at being commanded to remain in command of Camp Chase that doubts immediately entered my mind that he Col was ---- Col Campbell also left gone south where that means is unknown to me. From Columbus the Telegraph says, that Schleich (I believe) is appointed Col of the consolidated Reg, & that I suppose takes McGroundy command. Birchie is studying Geography, getting, along well in Arithmetic, and reading, cultivating his Oratorical powers. how I should enjoy your fine music. I received the eighty dollars you sent by the Lieutenant, paid Stem and Frenchard, then by express received the fifteen hundred sent, by you and Joe. Mother and the dear boys send much love to PaPa. Yours Lu
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Cincinnati, April 6th [1862]

My dear Laura-

You were fated to receive a letter from me if you had not written and receiving yours has not hastened my writing- last Sunday I prepared to write and when the Spirit moves I always obey- but unfortunately for me - not a sheet of paper was to be found- I cannot get in the way of attending to all the wants and keeping supplies on hand at once- but to return to my letter- or rather the point of interest to me- dear Laura it would give me so much real happiness if you will only come and see us if but for a short time- you do not know how much I want you- and how often we think of you- it will be perfectly convenient- and really delightful for Nellie has promised to be with us when you come- now What can I say that will make your father insist upon your coming- say to him that time passes slowly and sometimes very sadly to us- and that it will do me so much good give me so much happiness to have you with me. I cannot be disappointed

I had a short letter from Rutherford on Friday- during the winter- I was constantly looking forward to the time when he would be home - now there is nothing of that kind to keep me looking for- only Vague uncertanity [sic]- anxiety as to where they are if I could only know where they were moving- it would be some relief.

Birchie is going to school - is quite fond of his books- but equally so of play he does not write yet- and has not patience enough to print- his Uncle Jim told him Ruddy had written a letter- but he did not receive it- I hope brother Jim is not so charmed with Camp life - as to cease writing you see the failing runs through the family- we have not heard from him since he left us-

The children are Well- boys would sound better- for they all are of the rowdy Order- I am attempting to teach Webb - it is no joke- but rather a difficult thing to do

Yesterday Nellie and I attempted a picture- were introduced to Parson Bronnlan - Chatted with or rather listened to him talk between the sittings- and but Nellie will tell of the young girl and the old no doubt- Little Joe is making a slight disturbance a premonition of the coming storm if I do not take him.- My love to Aunt Hattie and hope some day not far distant to see her again- Love to the children- not forgetting your father and self-

Yours Affc Lu-
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Cincinnati, April 12 [1862]

My dearest R.

I have just washed and dressed Little Joe and now having got him to sleep I am doing double work rocking the cradle with one foot and writing to my dearest- so the letters will not be neat or pretty- how fortunate I can make some excuse for penmanship -

I received your letter by Lieut ---- enclosing $80- immediately called and settled with Mr F- and have -the receipt- Mr F is a very agreeable man he said you had deposited with them and had mutual money accommadations [sic] and they would be very happy to accommodate your wife- if it any I desired- it was pleasant to me to hear it- I sent you the little pocket compass by the Lieut- Mr. Forbes new Sutler called Wednesday - would take any thing I wished- also said if I left your letters at the Store to be sent with his that you would get them sooner as he always met the boat-

A great deal of anxiety is felt all over the city about the battle at Pittsburg Landing- We have received no account of the killed as yet- Lieut C --- Canfield of Mr Buckland's Reg. I think- was killed- his wife got there after he had died this morning the papers say- -- ten thousand killed and wounded- We hear Gen Fremont is very active in his department We

watch so anxiously for anything from you all- The Express Agent brought 1500 - fifteen hundred dollars from Joe including what you sent me- say to Joe we will attend immediately to all- also to your note to Thompson-

I intended to have had long letters both to you and brother Joe to send by Mr Forbes but so many interruptions yesterday and then little Joe being in one of his sick and very troublesome ways- I cannot ---- are so disappointed to think how near we came to seeing Joe- Well dearest oh how lovingly we think of - how anxiously we long for peace have seen Parson Bronnlan and talked with him or listened to him talk- he is delighted with Fremont- and hopes soon to join the Army as it enters East Tennesee [sic]- I am with the Parson - that leniency is mistaken and severe measures must be taken-

Old Gen Beckely - caught at his Villiany- the nameless Lieut was speaking of him- said he was an old traitor that he always said the South would succeed and he knew he was a true Secessionist- then Mr Forbes said they had sent a Gen Beckley prisoner to Wheeling- honesty is the best policy- Birchie is getting along well at school - every lesson is first said to me - so I really am the instructor- but school is doing him good- at the same time it enables him to get along- in the boy world- better it does not have the usual hardship of boys- in the shape of Knocks and cuffs If you were at home I would not mind how severe the discipline- but being alone it relieves me much to know he is happy and kindly treated by the boys-

Webb the little rascal will slip off from his lessons whenever he can- Rud is the biggest boy in the house- Laura Platt is to be here this evening to make us a short visit- was so glad to hear you will do all you can to favor Will DeCharmes they are very uneasy both the boys were in the fight it is sad so many anxious hearts I will send you the last Atlanta I must close to have my letter in time for Mr F.

dearest R and brother- you do not know how much you are missed at home- Know that we love you so dearly and all look anxiously for the time to come when peace shall unite

Dr Foote- youngest child died Thursday - he is in Tennessee-

Jim was well- Mother and all the boys join in love.

Yours truly
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Cincinnati, April 22 [1862]

Dearest R.

Your careless wife gave out for want of room- knew that it is the 22nd day of April 1862- early in the morning- and young Joseph objecting most lustily to my writing- indeed his opposition is becoming so powerful that I must stop and reason with him a little while. Little Joe you readily perceive is the terror of the house- he is the image- a miniature likeness of Lt Col R.B.H so I need not enter into a more minute description of his personal appearance- A laughing joyous little fellow whenever he has a chance-Yesterday he was four months old- will he ever be able to repay his Grand ma and his respected Ma Ma for the last four months labor and toil-

We have had some beautiful spring weather- but the last few days have been very cold- indeed winter was with us again- the rain has poured incessantly how often we think of you all when the rain is pouring down- and wonder whether our dear ones are marching- or wet and cold trying to k1ndle fires in barren desolate Va- We have had many victories lately- and hope springs up again that soon this sad desolating war will end- The late Pittsburg battle has

filled our hospitals with wounded dying men- is it not dreadful to think of a whole Army being surprised- The papers speak of it as a most disgraceful affair- retrieved only by the bravery of the troops and officers- A very sad thing to me is the disgrace of the two Reg- 77th and 71st or fifty third- the Commercial stated that the 77th had been disbanded and mustered out of the service- and 71st disgraced- when all were surprised and these men the newest recruits- and as is stated without Cartridges- totally unprepared for battle- is it not cruel to disgrace so many men- when others were really to blame- disgrace living disgrace- oh do be careful dearest not to let any shadow of disgrace rest on one- without it is certain- and undeniable No one that we knew were killed at the battle so far as I can learn- but poor Miss De Charms has lost her brother- George the Lieutenant- she is in great distress- and now her brother Will is constantly in her mind- Oh my dearest there are so many sad heart breaking things happening around us all the t1me- that I wonder whether we can ever be the same happy people as before- at times I feel that I must try and do some thing for our suffering soldiers- I believe that much of my sorrow and grief would be gone- if I could only feel that I had eased some poor dying man- or that I could think of any good I had done- Crafts Wriqht's Reg - were in the battle- and did well.

Saturday Morn all the children and mother well- I should write again but am suffering with my severest headaches- dearest do write often if but a few lines- Saw Mrs McKinley paid her twenty dollars.

The time is so long- oh may we meet again- Good bye- God bless you- and protect you in your march.

Yours, Affec.

Excuse this torn envelope- I have no other directed and opened my letter to send a little more love

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Cincinnati, April 23rd [1862]

My dear Brother-

I cannot let an opportunity of sending letters pass without having one for you and R. at the same time I don't think they are worth the postage. We miss you more and more each day- time passes slowly when hoping for a termination of this cruel war- and the return of dear friends how- You are not forgotten by the outside friends all enquire kindly for you- We received the money you sent - paid all the debts- and sent $1,000 to Mr McKell and as I am getting to be quite a business woman- is it hardly necessary to add the receipts are here- Mother is quite well and every day regrets she has not written to you- but the leaning or sitting in writing is painful to her you do not know how dear you are to her or how constantly in her thoughts-

There has been a great deal of anxiety in the city ever since the Pittsburg battle- it seemed so long before we could hear- but no one with whom we are intimate lost friends- except Miss DeCharms- poor girl it was very hard for them- the brother whose joy assisted them to live - make it seem peculiarly unfortunate- she is very uneasy about his other brother- it is so hard to think of him as a private- Dear Joe in your intercourse with the men sick or wounded, bear constantly in mind they are men my equals with feelings as tender as my own- the heartless manner in which so many regiments are treated is distressing last evenings paper has an account of Col Groesback's treatment or rather neglect of his men- I was thunderstruck- I supposed he was an excellent man - one who would be considerate and think of his men- Our hospitals are full of sick dying men- My heart bleeds for them- if I could I would be so happy to devote my time - it would be the happiest thing for me- while you and R are away- and liable to be similarly situated- how my heart would warm to any woman who in suffering would tend on you- Crafts Wright's Reg were in the battle - Mrs W. had just reached Cincinnati as the battle began her feelings were agonizing to think she had just left- and now might be of use it is a hard thing to be a woman- and witness so much and yet not do any thing.

Young Buttle who married Dolly Rennick of Chillicothe was killed- Dr Silrey of Chillicothe (who married a Guthrie of ) - has committed Forgery and so left for a more congenial clime- Sundays Enquirer mentioned Lippit's having been seen in St Joe en route for Oregon- he declined preaching for the brother who met him- oh to think of the disgrace he has brought on his innocent family- I have not seen them since- except once Mrs Levis called as she was passing she was heart broken- trying to do something to hush matters up- it is too bad too unfeeling- did her [sic] never think of his family- Our own neighborhood moves on as usual- Miss Lilly Culbertson has gone to Europe in company with Mr Woods and daughter- I have not seen any one to know aught about it- Rud is very willing for you to come home- he is the jolliest little soul you ever saw. Webb is the torment of the house- and Birch the student- he is much pleased with school- dont fail to tell me how you and Rutherford like By photograph- it has almost too much of a smile- but I wanted you to think we were all happy-

Mrs Davis has been quite sick I have not seen her- we are so closely confined with Joe- he is a sweet little boy but will not resemble his Uncle except in disposition- Jim has been home for a few days expects to leave tomorrow.

Good bye My dear brother- God bless you and keep you safe.

Your Sister- Lu-
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Cincinnati, April 30th [1862]

Dear Uncle,

I have just received two letters from R- dated 18th & 20th and Mother one of same date from Joe- We were beginning to feel a little uneasy at the long delay, but they write in fine spirits- and the cheering prospect of getting on- by slow marches- the heavy rains trouble them a good deal- I was glad to receive your last letter enclosing one from R- I would send you one- but have sent one to Mother Hayes and cant spare the other just now- We have a very troublesome baby- or I should have answered your letter sooner- We are very comfortable here with many kind friends and neighbors- and as you are not well do not feel hurried about getting ready for us- I do hope you will soon be able to come down and see us- the children the big boys are well- Birchie is getting along finely at school - he is very fond of going and of books- but equally so of play so I do not think he will injure himself by too close application-

We had a delightful little visit from Laura and Ruddy- the only regret was it was too short- Ruddy is a noble boy- more gentle in his manner then my rowdys who have no sisters to smooth them down- Nellie having vacation spent the week with us- and judging by my feelings and Mothers the girls also enjoyed themselves- it was a very happy time to us- lacking only the absent ones- Much love to dear Auntie Vallete and all the family and a good share for yourself.

Yours Affc. Lu
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Cincinnati, April 30 [1862]

[to Sophia B. Hayes]

I just received this letter and knowing how anxious you would be to hear from R. send it immediately. We do not receive letters so often as formerly Yesterday I had an opportunity to send letters and papers - the of the Reg being in the city - now it will be very uncertain

when we will receive letters and equally so with them. The children are all well - Birchie is going to school - likes it very much Webb and Rud who are by me join in love and we will suppose Birch - anyhow take a share from him. Mother is as well as usual - A good deal of

grief after Ruddy and Lauras departure.

Yours - Aff

[On verso of letter of RBH to Lucy dtd April 20, 1862]
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May [1862]

Sunday Afternoon

Dearest [Rutherford]

I was disappointed in sending my letter- so the long days must pass before you hear from us- of our joy that you are well- I am constantly trying to convince myself that it is merely a scratch

At the thought of danger or sickness to you I can then feel how dear- how you are truly my life my happiness- Your own words to me before you left last summer- are often in my mind- that you did not feel anything would happen you- and it [sup]ports me a great deal- As I look at the date of this letter- longer time has passed without my writing- how it has happened I know not for not a day or hour passes that you are not in my thoughts- Your letters are read and read- and "I love you so much" is one of the sweetest sentences in it- Ruddy is getting to be a good boy- Yesterday and today he is not well- simply a cold- he sends loving messages to you but says "tell PaPa- I am coming to see pretty soon- I'm going to War-

Our hospitals are all full of sick and wounded- A great difference can be seen between the sick and wounded sick appear low spirited- down cast- the wounded are quite cheerful hoping to be well- I felt right happy the other day feeling that I had made some persons feels [sic] a little happier- going down to Mrs Herron's I passed four soldiers- two wounded and two sick they were sitting on the pavement- in front of the office where their passes are given to them- they were just in from Camp Dennison- too late to get tickets to Chicago- I passed them then thought well any how I will go back and ask them where they are going A gentleman who I saw then was with then- said he had just got in from Camp Dennison- and found they were too late to get their tickets for that evening- I asked where will you take them- he said he did not know- but must get them to the nearest place as they were very weak- some one had told him the Henrie House was the nearest- I said Dr (the wounded man had told me he was his family doctor and had come to take him home) if you will take them to my house I will gladly keep them and have them taken to the cars- there are is [sic] street Cars which will take you near my house- he was very thankful- and we put sick and wounded on - and I started them for Sixth St. while I finished my errand- took the next car- and found my lane man- hobbling slowly along- we fixed then in the back parlor- the Dr I asked to stay also to attend to them- he said he could not thank me enough that he was a stranger here- and was almost bewildered as to what to do- or where to take them.- Mary was up early and we had a cup of coffee for them before five I thought of you in a strange country- wounded and trying to get home- the cases were not exactly alike- but if any one was kind to you- would I not feel thankful. Mother Birch and Webb have gone to Church this afternoon Ruddy was quite anxious to go finally I pervailed [sic] on him to stay with me- Mary is just now singing a good old tune to little Joe- trying to soothe his perturbed spirits.

Mrs McKinley calls occasionally from the Sargeant [sic]- or at least from officers. Oh dearest if you were only h[ere] I would be happy- when I think of how often I grumbled and complained- I feel reproaching myself for ingratitude- if we have a happy home- all together- your wife will try and make her part happy and joyful- blessings brighten as they take their flight"- I cannot overcome fears- but trust and hope oh dearest we may be united soon- Mother and children join in love and prayers- for safety- dear brother- we do not forget. We received your letter of the 2nd the 6th and 9th oh so happy when ever we letters-

Love and Kisses
Your Affec. wife
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May 14th [1862]

Monday noon-

My dearest-

What a thankful heart I have today you are safe and well- Since your first dispatch I have felt a great deal of dread- but the blessed rumor that this morning you and brother are still safe and well- has filled [illegible] hearts with joy- but the fearful future who can tell- the longing to be near you- why must we be parted- You and Joe are together- what a happiness it is to me- to know it- Our Regt- has it suffered much- how many anxious hearts now wait for news- We have not heard anything of the battle- except this morning paper says on the 17th Humphrey Marshall had attacked and captured Princeton- where Gen Co---- advance was stationed- this I suppose is Giles C.H. as you were there in my dispatch- oh dearest Rutherford and J [illegible] God preserve and keep you safely

Yours- Lu-

[Edge of paper deteriorated so as to make some words missing]
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Cincinnati, May 17th [1862]

My dearest R.

My anxiety has been most intense for several days for I could not control my feelings on the 15th and 16th and what was my joy to receive a dispatch about eight o'clock in which but for the "more scratch" you are well I do not feel so confident that it is nothing more- but the lightness of heart that took the place of the heavy load is indescribable now I feel that you will let me know whatever happens- you will know darling that for your wife it is wisest and the kind loving way- not to keep her in ignorance- but let her first know it- I have hopes of sending this letter directly to you- Uncle Birchard was with us a few days- it is now decided that I will not go to Fremont this summer- except possibly a visit- I cannot clearly tell you all- but simply Uncle is very unwell the house unfinished- and then your writing to him- that we would not give up the house- and the prospect of the War soon being over- One thing nothing that I said led to this decision- although I have felt very much uneasiness about it- when I found how he was feeling- such great care resting on him- I endeavored to make him feel that it was all right- and had you known all just what you would have advised- When we had decided that except to make a visit I would not go to Fremont- he said a great load was "taken off his mind-" I think it is for the best. He wrote to you while here- Little Joe almost 5 months old- and growing right fast and pretty is still a whole houseful to take care of he does not suffer so constantly with pain- but yet so much that we dare not leave him with the girls- I have been very well excepting rather more frequent attacks of headaches- Birchie still loves school- does not want to go away until school closes Webb at last succeeded in having his picture taken with sword and belt greatly to his joy- which picture he wants to send Lt Kennedy- Ruddy looks fat and well- but has slight attacks sighs often- last night he was very unwell but today is as bright as ever- Your letter me the Princeton or rather Company C gallant deeds- was read with great pleasure- the 23rd is a splendid Regt how my heart glowed with pride as I read a short account in the paper of the latter Lt Botsford has shown himself a true man- I wish I could see you- language fails me on paper- but my heart is full- I wish I could take all by the hand- As the warm weather comes on I tremble for our brave soldiers God grant to be with them- when will it end- Ike Nelson had a narrow escape from death- the 25th of April6 flesh wounds and in his case the ball passed clear through the Testament to the last lead he is now recovering- but the wounds severe and then he walked nine miles before getting to his men- they were attacked and driven off by an overwhelming force and he was left for dead- I have just received a letter from your mother- she was well and enjoying a visit from Uncle B. the General Assembly in Session so they would enjoy church going- I met a man at the Third St hospital who is one of the Nurses- he was from the 23rd Matthew Boogs- of Capt Comley's Webb had the old bugle and No. you on his cap is the way the man made him- self known- he asked me to write you asking for his pay roll- or description list or whatever was needed to get his pay- he has never received any yet- has written to you once but thought he had not directed right- feeling confident you would answer him You may send them to me- as he requested-

Dearest R- what would I not give to be with you- After receiving your Dispatch I called to see Mrs Scammon wanting to make the call- and then judging by my own feelings- that direct word from Col S. would be happiness- I had a very call what an agreeable lady Mrs S. is- and the young ladies- indeed I was charmed with all- but the little Minnie is a beauty- but then girls have the harder life- the boy Hayes's can rough it. We have got but this one of Webb- he wants Lt Kennedy I believe to have it at least to see it- and I am to send one to you [illegible] his Uncle Joe-

[remainder of letter missing]
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May 19th [1862]

Sunday Afternoon

Dearest [Rutherford]

I was disappointed in sending my letter- so the long days must pass before you hear from us- of our joy that you are well- I am constantly trying to convince myself that it is merely a scratch
At the thought of danger or sickness to you I can then feel how dear- how you are truly my life my happiness- Your own words to me before you left last summer- are often in my mind- that you did not feel anything would happen you- and it [sup]ports me a great deal- As I look at the date of this letter- longer time has passed without my writing- how it has happened I know not for not a day or hour passes that you are not in my thoughts- Your letters are read and read- and "I love you so much" is one of the sweetest sentences in it- Ruddy is getting to be a good boy- Yesterday and today he is not well- simply a cold- he sends loving messages to you but says "tell PaPa- I am coming to see pretty soon- I'm going to War-
Our hospitals are all full of sick and wounded- A great difference can be seen between the sick and wounded sick appear low spirited- down cast- the wounded are quite cheerful hoping to be well- I felt right happy the other day feeling that I had made some persons feels [sic] a little happier- going down to Mrs Herron's I passed four soldiers- two wounded and two sick they were sitting on the pavement- in front of the office where their passes are given to them- they were just in from Camp Dennison- too late to get tickets to Chicago- I passed them then thought well any how I will go back and ask them where they are going A gentleman who I saw then was with then- said he had just got in from Camp Dennison- and found they were too late to get their tickets for that evening- I asked where will you take them- he said he did not know- but must get them to the nearest place as they were very weak- some one had told him the Henrie House was the nearest- I said Dr (the wounded man had told me he was his family doctor and had come to take him home) if you will take them to my house I will gladly keep them and have them taken to the cars- there are is [sic] street Cars which will take you near my house- he was very thankful- and we put sick and wounded on - and I started them for Sixth St. while I finished my errand- took the next car- and found my lane man- hobbling slowly along- we fixed then in the back parlor- the Dr I asked to stay also to attend to them- he said he could not thank me enough that he was a stranger here- and was almost bewildered as to what to do- or where to take them.- Mary was up early and we had a cup of coffee for them before five I thought of you in a strange country- wounded and trying to get home- the cases were not exactly alike- but if any one was kind to you- would I not feel thankful. Mother Birch and Webb have gone to Church this afternoon Ruddy was quite anxious to go finally I pervailed [sic] on him to stay with me- Mary is just now singing a good old tune to little Joe- trying to soothe his perturbed spirits.
Mrs McKinley calls occasionally from the Sargeant [sic]- or at least from officers. Oh dearest if you were only h[ere] I would be happy- when I think of how often I grumbled and complained- I feel reproaching myself for ingratitude- if we have a happy home- all together- your wife will try and make her part happy and joyful- blessings brighten as they take their flight"- I cannot overcome fears- but trust and hope oh dearest we may be united soon- Mother and children join in love and prayers- for safety- dear brother- we do not forget. We received your letter of the 2nd the 6th and 9th oh so happy when ever we letters-

Love and Kisses
Your Affec. wife
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Cincinnati, May 24th [1862]

My dearest R.

This must be a short letter- it is now half past one- and it must be at the boat by three- I was so delighted to find I had an opportunity to send you a few lines that although the time was short- I gladly write- We have felt so much fear that the nearer you approached the R.R. the stronger force would meet you We received a dispatch on the 18th from Lt Kennedy that you and Dr were safe and well- but what might not have happened since then- the only paper account is of an engagement at Princeton- with Humphrey Marshall- the capture of the place by him- and then the town retaken by Gen Cox- and that the 28th German suffered a good deal- then we think could it be possible you have had to fall back to Princeton- We that is Mrs Stevenson and I think from letters and dispatches that it must be the retaking Giles C.H. or Pearisburg every day we long for letters but know that so long a time must elapse- Your letters of 11th and 12th oh how my heart burned with joy pride- the Reg- what an honor to be at the head of such men- those that are fallen I mourn severely- oh if I could only comfort the sorrowing ones at home - it is a glorious death- but the sadness of losing can never be done away with- however freely we may have offered our life- our all I have thought of this- who informs the ones at how of their loss and is it done formally do you- or simply some companion Would not the sad intelligence be lightened words of praise and condolence from their leader- When one of our brave souls is taken to the narrow grave- are you You know dearest I think of the feelings of friends. I can see you drawn in line- the advancing foe. All is clear before my view- steadily -slowly our glorious men fell back- every part of your letter is clear to me as the sun- Lt Botsford at the Cabin- with his little band of heroes.

Capt Drake and Sperry with their heroes- and the firm resolute Column- slowly stubbornly retiring. But I must close- God grant to spare you all. Our boys pray fervently for the Reg. that they "may not be killed that the brave men- our men- who are fighting for our flag- may not be wounded- and if they are killed we know oh Lord they are with them in Heaven"- this has been part of Birchie's prayer for three or four weeks- those that die he knows are with Jesus- well his mother feels like the boy-

All send love. I wrote you a long letter about a week ago- enclosing a picture of Webb which he wished presented to Lt Kennedy. I will try and get one for you and Joe.

Your loving L.

In my last letter I mentioned Matthew Boggs of Capt. Comly's Co. He would like to have payroll or something to enable him to get his money- Mrs McKinley was well a few days ago.

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Cincinnati, May 27th [1862]

Dear Uncle

We have had a letter from Rutherford and Joe dated the 11th and 12th they had then retreated from Giles C.H., or Parisburg and were at the mouth of East River. Since then they have fallen back beyond Princeton and are now at Flat Top Mt. In a letter from Joe dated the 14th he says - I think the manner in which the retreat was conducted, reflects much credit on H. The officers and men swear by him and in future he can do whatever he wishes with the Reg. Many feel indignant at -- that we were not reinforced in time and are very bitter about it but for my part, without knowing the cause for not sending aid, I feel well satisfied as it has turned out.

This morning I was much frightened by the sudden appearance of Thomas, the Dr.s servant, but his smiling face soon reassured me - they were all well when he left the 20th. Rutherford was a little scratched by a piece of shell which did him no harm. I cannot help regretting the necessity which compelled them to fall back, but the spirit they displayed in the face of an immense force, the order slowness and steadiness with which they fell back 6� miles, lasting seven hours, shows that the 23rd Regt is true as steel, men no braver to be found. At this time, dear Uncle we hope they are still safe. I will always keep you posted as far as I know myself.

This ink is terrible - excuse all. Remember me to all friends

Yours affec.
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Cincinnati, June 4th [1862]

My dearest R.

I have so much I want to talk with you alone so many things to say- that I do not know how to begin my letter- and yet when I read what I have written I always feel- Ruddy must get tired of my letters- but dearest writing is not my forte but loving is- How I have longed to see you if but for a day- and at times the feeling- the desire to be with you to be near you- overpowers me- and your cheerful happy wife feels all that sadness that indescribable grief- My love grows more intense- stronger every day- and the weary days and months that may pass before I shall see you cannot be endured- and yet with all the hearts longing- I would not call you home- every feeling of the heart speaks to me that it is right- your duty" and so believing I look to the happy future when we shall be together- If my life was that of the faithful christian [sic] - my idea of a true love of our dear Savior- I would feel that all was well- but why I do not live as I always wish- and yet hope to is one of the strange things of this life- I feel the little boys- earnest prayer "Take care of PaPa- Uncle - and all the dear soldiers are more effectual.

Have you received my letters- I often think that you do not receive all I write- you will laugh at Webb's warlike appearance- but the amusing part is his extreme desire that Lt Kennedy should see him- Webb grows more mischievous and loving every day- Ruddy grows more and [mo]re interesting- he is a very smart little one- but little Joe- the dearest livliest [sic] brightest little five months old chap- Birchie is doing finely in school- I attend to his studies at home- he does not wish to leave until school closes- he is very fond of Geography and I fancy he has your talent for distant directions- and the points of the Compass to your certain knowledge- none of this from his mother- His school experience has been very pleasant- this to me has been very grateful- I feared his entry into school life would have many thorns- But what is very amusing he thinks he never studies- what his idea of study is I do not know- he has never failed in his Geography Arithmetic- and speaking- and in his reading and spelling- not missed more than a half dozen times and that not in spelling- but in giving the exact definition of the word and in pronouncing a little differently- some words I do not pronounce as the teacher does- and Birch very decidedly thinks MaMa better authority than Miss Hoyt- he may be a little backward in writing- how much he misses your instruction and advice- but when you do return I think your oldest boy will be a companion for you - he has a very exalted idea of the duties school mates one to each other- My school mate is already a wearing term with him- and yet Birch has a few faults which even his Mother can see-

Mr Stevenson is one of the kindest friends- I can never thank him or show how deeply we feel all his kindnesses. You know dearest we feel lonely in the midst of this busy life- Miss Lu Wright at times appears to be improving- but it must be very discouraging- I have arranged that the Commercial to be sent until I order it stopped now if it comes regularly I will think I am better at that business than Mr Stevenson- Your letters are always so interesting to me- indeed I read them until they are stamped upon my mind- did you ever receive a letter from Sallie Perry and myself- with regard to Will Decharmes- she is anxious and hopeful yet that he may be changed to some more hopeful position.

Then did you receive my letter in which I wanted Matthew Boggs of Capt Comlys Co- payrool [sic], or description list- he asked me to write to you about it- he is in the Third St Hospital- Nurse Mr Stevenson since he has been in the Soldiers business sees a great deal of the hardship of the private and this is one of the greatest- the difficulty of sick or discharged to get their money- Yesterday received a letter from Will in answer to mine- from his letter I can see the change in his feelings from the gay thoughtless man of pleasure to the earnest sincere man- feeling his high duties and responsibilities - I suppose the death of Dr Dudley has had a great effect upon him- and then of late owing to the sickness of the Col- a great deal has rested upon him- his letter was written with pencil while with the Reg on picket duty- One mile and half from Corinth- Joe Scott of St Louis is in Corinth a few traitors among my relations but I hope they will feel it hereafter.

I intended to have written to Joe and Jim this week but you must tell them all well- and much love

Thomas was here the day he reached home- have not seen his since-

Isaac Nelson was getting well rapidly when he was taken with Erysipelas in his wounded hand- we are daily expecting to hear he has reached home- Mr Robinson our Minister has returned from Europe- preached last Sunday- to a crowded house- he looks very well- You know dearest how near and dear Aunt Phebe and her children are to me- Yesterday I received the following letter- with the note to Joe- I cannot write to Joe today so will send it in yours- I cannot bear to think of poor Will going as a private and without a friend who could if in trouble aid him- Many things have passed through my mind but all takes this direction that if he was only in the Regt- commanded by you- and with Joe- he is such a kind unassuming boy- Has had charge of his fathers books and writes a good business hand- Aunt Phebes life has been sad and no one has ever heard her say as much as that note contains for my sake think of it- and as she asks Joe's advice I ask yours- Your truly loving - Lu

I heard lately from Columbus and Fremont- all well- Your feeling satisfied that I did not go to Fremont relieves my mind a great deal I feared you might think it more my fault or doings- and deem me whimsical- Your letters are always so loving so cheerful and kind that it is my greatest pleasure to read them. Rec. yours and Joes of the 25th yesterday.
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Cincinnati, June 7th [1862]

Dearest R.

As you say "I only write this to let you know how much I love you" I wrote you a long letter the other day- My home and household cares occupy my time- I do not see much of the world- and have no news- we read the papers carefully for fear that in some stray corner- the mountain Dept- or rather to us- the 23rd will be mentioned- here at home out of danger- we can see what ought to be done- and what ought not to have been done- by those high in Authority- This pencil is terrible and the pen but little better-

After writing to Joe- I find I have forgotten Birtie's accident- he would be grieved to have no mention made of it- Thursday Morning at school he was jumping on the Spring board and one of his "school mates" swinging by some means he knocked Birchie down and in falling he struck a dumb bell the result was a great deep gash on the back of his head- the Dr had to put a stitch in it he was badly frightened- the first thing he said- "was oh MaMa Grand Ma- dont be scared- I aint Killed- Ma Ma do you think it will kill me- I hope God wont let me die now"- I took him on my lap- told him it was only cut- and he would be well in a day or two- then he wanted the Dr and as it was a long deep gash- we could not draw it together- the stitch was a great fright to him but he has been a good boy- Rud the dear little rascal has just come in clean face hands- and dressed sweetly- he is a dear sweet and yet high tempered one- his message to you- He wants you and Uncle Jim and Joe to come here soon- and you must ask Uncle Jim- if he (Rud) may have his pretty tumbler that is here- When he is mad the worst thing he can say is "Oh you pig in the mud puddle- he is very large and growing fast- the Commercial will not fail again I think- I will send your note to Mother Boggs- I do not know whether he is still here- but suppose he is- I suppose he is an ignorant man- and I am glad you will see justice done him-

I will try and send some papers with the Magazine-


do write often if but a few lines glad you like Webb- picture- the little fellow was happy that Lt K liked it. One that I have sent out is for brother Jim- either in your letter or Joe- and if desired I will send another

I dont know whether you will like this it is here and I send it.

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June 11th [1862]


Dearest R.

Just a few moments to write- Saw Mother Boggs- and Dr Murphy I think Capt C. is mistaken if he represents Matthew's as trying to leave Dr was much surprised- his knee is in such a condition that it would be impossible for him to walk to the Regt- from the river- Dr says he has been a most excellent man since he has been here- no vices- and in the Hospital has conducted himself with all propriety- We are all well- Dr Joe's blouse will be done Tuesday and we will send by the Sutler good's (Mr Forbes) We do want to see you so much Will send you a hat with Joes coat- Must close- I am interested in Matthews.

Your Lu-
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Chillicothe, June 29th [1862]

Dearest R

You are constantly in my thought- and though sometimes it may be longer than should be between my letters- yet no day or hour passes without loving thoughts and longing hopes- that we may again be together- The days pass slowly and weary and anxious hearts watch and hope for better days.

I am now at Uncle Scotts- with the warmest heartiest welcome I could desire- as I look around at the children- I think I never saw a more affectionate lovely family and then dear R. they love me and my boys- after the true good old way- dear little Joe- is the play thing for all- and each one speaks for a romp or to put him to sleep - he is improving very fast- I think is much better the last days of the Colic- When I think of the last six months- I wonder how Mother and I have lived through nursing him- but he is beautiful- bright and laughing- the dearest little one I have had- Birchie and Webb are with me- perfectly happy and behaving very well, and obedient from morning till night they are running and playing- and no guarding- Little Rud is with Grand Ma at home- it is uncertain when she will come up- It was very hard for me to make up my mind- to leave the City for a short time- but Birch and Webb were looking thin and pale- and on their account I felt I must leave for a little while- but I feel that I am a little farther from my dearest R. it is Sunday evening the sun almost down- but tinging every thing with the last golden rays the merry voices of the children come in laughing and joyous- but to me it is the sad moment oh how I long to be with you- I am happily constituted easily touched with grief and when with kind sympathizing friends - grief is lightened and I look forward to better days- but our separation is the hardest to bear and were it not for the holy glorious cause my heart would fail- There are many things which perplex me- the last is the placing Gen Pope over all the Mt department and the Valley causing the resignation of Fremont- it seems to me that Gen. Fremont has shown true bravery- and as to his sound Union here no one doubts it- why is it- to me it seems like a system of persecution- or a constant endeavor to humiliate him why give him the Mt. D. then order him to Valley - to make the insult deeper- it is a mystery- and President Lincoln vacillating conduct with Fremont is more strange- from the firmness with which he mantains [sic] McLellan-

The whole family received invitations to W K. Rogers wedding- the 1st day of July- he is to preach in Chillicothe the church here needs a man to fill it up

Where are you to night- still at Flat Top Mt- or have you changed your camp- Birchie has passed his examination very well- received high marks- and make a little speech at the exhibition- I thought as I sat listening with a throbbing heart and quite as much frightened as the little fellow himself- if his father were only here- how proud he would be of our boy- He has passed a happy school time and now dearest next year- where shall I send him- And now leaving our boys I was a good deal worried at Dr Murphy for I thought you would have the impression that Matthew Boggs did not want to return to his Regt- When he came to Cin. he was on his way to the Regt- at the order of his Capt- but was stopped by the Dr. (Murphy) I believe- then when your note was read to him- I was present- he said instantly- well Dr I want to go- hope you will let me- and I am confident he is not a bad man- Isaac Nelson is home on a furlough- he is getting well but his hand is lame- and he limps a good deal from the wound under his knee. Jim McKell is first Sergeant- of his Company- and the Capt acting as Adj. the 1.st and 2nd. Lieut sick- Jim had command of his Com. at the battle of Cross, Keyes, and did well. Will McKell is quite unwell, but we hope he will soon be well.

All the dear little ones- join in love, and Lute, the beauty says to tell you- that Joe is mighty sweet little fellow, then Min and Ell. the twins, dont want to be forgotten and so I could fill a page with love to you- Remember me Joe and Jim. It is bed time and all the little folks around me so I must close.

Yours most truly, Affc.

Monday Morn All well. Joe the delight of the children and feeling himself a little Lord. If we could only see you be with you all would be well.

My boys are well, happy as Kings Webb is all the time with the largest boys. They have horses- and Ed is very careful and kind.

Good bye dearest.
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Chillicothe, July 4th [1862]

Dearest R.

This beautiful day is clouded with the terrible news that we have been beaten- or at least obliged to retreat, at Richmond It may be a hoax- but who would be cruel enough- in the time of such sorrow- to add one false alarm- All seems sad and dark- Oh that victory may yet be ours- I cannot help feeling that Gen Fremont- is not treated as he should be. If I were not in the country away from excitement I dont know what I should do. The prospect of seeing you is growing dark- will it continue so long. If I could only share with you- your hardship- I will be better dearer wife (not more loving) but more what you would wish-

Our boys dearest are so happy - poor little fellows- not to be with their dear father- but you are not forgotten- your memory is ever present with them. I have been a little negligent- We received ($950) nine hundred and fifty dollars just as I was packing my trunk and it escaped my mind that I had not acknowledged the receipt of it, but as Mother was going to write by Mr Forbes she would do it- We received a shell sent by Mr Kelser- which pleased the boys but they keep it as a relic of the retreat- then Thomas brought a gun- but said the one intended for Ruddy Platt- was stolen- then Mr Harper brought a Mississipi [sic] Rifle. Dear R this morning I feel like making new resolves- and not delay doing what should be done at once.

Uncle Scott is not well and last nights news- seems almost like another Bull Run- he seems almost heart sick- and yet we all hope. Oh dearest- they all treat me so lovingly- little Joe is their plaything - and Uncle Scott has the little fellow brought to him many times each day- until now he knows him and jumps and laugh the moment he sees him- no quarreling with my boys and his all is pleasant- just now the little rogues are out to catch chickens- happy boys- they do not know the dread anxiety which fills my heart-

Aunt Ellen is not at home- she has been for weeks with her sister- Mrs Reynolds- who is dying slowly- Gen Pope has command - do you like it- Col Scammon's oldest daughters called to see me the day before I left the city- they are lovely girls-

Birchie wants to know if any more of your brave soldiers have been killed or died- It is the fourth of July- and we are up at Uncle Scott- and every day we have a picnic- and yesterday at our picnic- we were squeezing cherry juice- and Minnie sewed the handkerchief up- then washed it and we do have such nice times, they are so happy- advize [sic] me about his school this fall. Will McKell has been very unwell- trouble I think- though now he is at Aunt Margret- he is such a kind good noble hearted boy- dearest now every kindness makes me feel so grateful- I never wanted loving words more and now it is so sweet that while my strong loving arm- is gone others are kind- Oh how I miss you- I dream that your arms are around me- awake so desolate- God help our Country in her hour of peril- "In the dread hour of battle- oh God be thou near-" dearest we must love each other.

Your truly
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Buena Vista, July 13th [1862]


Last evening while at tea- Cousin Ed came in and saying something for you Cousin Lu- laid your letter in my hand. You do not know the happiness a letter gives and since the reverse at Richmond- it is doubly sweet to know that still you am safe- Gen Fremont's removal did trouble me a good deal- then I thought- now he has an opportunity to show that patriotism alone activates him- I was anxious to hear that while shamefully treated- yet his country should have all he could give her- but no he was not to be above all others in patriotic love- Gen Pope you know- he has done well- and I hope will let us feel and know that the right man is in Virginia

As for the Flat Top Mt Department- I have not much to say- a great deal to think to fear and yet to hope- I often think the retreat from Pearisburg- was harder for me to bear than for you- Why did you not have reinforcements- Why must the part that I know has brave men be always cramped then comes the feeling- they are doing their duty- providence placed them there- and I am thankful- If you will not think me very foolish I feel like talking- expressing my sentiments- which I dont do very often- to begin- We have protected the property of Rebels too long- but that I know hope will soon end- and as for sending prisoners to Camp Chase or any other place in the Loyal States is of no use- It really is surprising to find how many Secession sympathizers are here in Ohio- I wish the plan at Nashville could be adopted in O. and a stern unflinching man- as Provost Marshall- Military Commander- or whatever was necessary to carry it out strictly appointed

To return to home matters- on Friday I had a letter from your Mother- which I answered yesterday - and last night when I received your dear letter was right sorry I had sent it off- they were all well at Columbus- Nellie Mead has gone home- she was very anxious to take Birchie home with her- he wanted to go- and for a little while I felt myself like having him- but then the distance and the fear he might be a trouble Nellie was quite disappointed- I was very sorry to think she would not return Fannie and Minnie are coming to Miss Naurse this winter- I think it will be fine- Mother and Ruddy are still in Cincinnati- but we expect them next or this week- Birchie and Webb are so happy- all day they are playing with Minnie & Ellie (the twins) and Will- just the same ages and they agree so well- we do not see them from morning till night except when they eat- Webb was much pleased when Ed taking him over the hill said this is your Grandma's land- he immediately wanted me to write for Grandma to build a house and come and live in it- it looks beautiful I do not wonder he wanted to live on it-

I had a letter from Aunt Margret- wanting to know when they could send for me- then Uncle William wanted to know when they were to be favored with the Company of Mrs Hayes and boys- pleasant to know they all want to see me- and then it is real- three girls now- after Joe- I do not have him only to nurse and he is in such demand- that I often hear them saying- "You have had him long enough- give him to me" and so he is happy growing fat- and very pretty- but a red head- maybe. I received the money- $950. which you and Joe sent and made a confession in one of my letters about not answering about it sooner- Rattle snake tails are more desirable off than on- I will keep the aforesaid tail, it and the shell Joe sent will go together dont know which I fear the most.

Monday Morn. All well. Birch Webb & Win have been out some time Killed one rat and found a nest of little mice- but as their eyes were not open put the nest back- What would I not give to see you. This letter is not worth the postage- but then you know you are uppermost in my mind. All join in love not forgetting Joe & Jim

Yours truly
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Buena Vista, July 21st [1862]

Dear Uncle,

I received your kind letter last Saturday- and had a strong intention of writing yesterday but the little folks- had me so busily engaged that I had no time till evening and then Master Joe asserted his importance- and being the youngest the pet and plaything for all- must be attended to- It was three weeks Saturday since we came to Uncle Scotts- the time has passed so rapidly so many kind friends- indeed I think I should be thankful from my infancy up to the present time- I have never wanted friends- here at my old home- it is not so much wonder to me- but I have found them every where kind sympathizing friends- I wish you were here- aside from knowing my Uncle and his charming family- the situation is most beautiful- on one of the high hills which surround Chillicothe - about one mile from town- from my window it is the most extended view- rich valleys- the creek winding along at the foot of the hill- and partly concealed by the trees- the Scioto river- then in the other direction the pretty little town of Chillicothe- lying quietly at your feet- with great fields of corn and wheat as far as the eye can reach-

Mother's land joins Uncle's and the view from it is even more extended and beautiful- Little Webb who is very fond of horses- was riding with his cousin Ed (a young man) over Mothers land- he told Webb that was his Grand ma "oh says Webb- I must go right home and ask Mama to write quick to Grandma to build me a house- I cant go home to Cincinnati any more"- the children are perfectly happy and so good- and as well and stout as any boys could be.

Here I am, writing of my happiness and the boys- not yet mentioned the dearest subject to us all- I received a letter last week dated the 6th- they were still at Flat Top Mt- all were very well- Rutherford sent a rattlesnake tail or rattles of 16 rattles and a button this according to the boys would make it 19 years old- Every thing is looking dark and sad to me I cannot let my mind wander to the future I must keep constantly the present- now Rutherford is well- on the 6th of July he was well and happy- but the time that has passed since then- I dare not think of it- Excuse me Uncle for writing so- but there are times when every thing oppresses me I fear your patience will be tried reading this long scrawl- Mother and little Rud are still in Cincinnati- they are well and we expect them today- I am also in hopes I shall receive a letter from R. at any rate I will not close this until after we get the mail.

With best love to Mrs Vallette and all friends-

Yours Affc
L.W. H.
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Chillicothe, July 28th [1862]

My dear Brother-

Mother sent me your last letter- I was so glad to hear from you- Now I will begin to ask and answer some things- the money we received and Mother wrote you- then I mentioned it in two letters to R- one I think he never received- Your Coat or blouse and drawers- and hat for R. in the Sutler's box- but that was weeks ago- I do not hear of any Cincinnati news- Mother writes but a few lines- What do you think of Morgan Ky- wants a little more punishment- today is light and beautiful- and so as I am easily affected by the weather my hopes are bright- but Volunteering must be slow- they are enrolling the Militia preparatory to drafting-

I have enjoyed myself very much since I came up- the boys are perfectly happy getting sun burnt and hearty- you would hardly know them- and then little Joe he is a beautiful boy- sweet and bright you will be honored in the name-Will McKell is still very unwell- he is at Aunt M.

Jim McKell has been promoted from Sergeant to lst Lieut- this makes all feel very happy- Jim has done well his Col is now home and praises Jim's conduct- Isaac Nelson- was recommended by the Military Committee for Capt he is home on account of his wounds- so I suppose he will be allowed to recruit- Chillicothe is a good deal changed- very few of the old settlers now left- Mrs McCoy died a few weeks ago- and Judge Owen T Reeves- he leaves no property at all when all is sold it will not pay his debts- I feel very sorry for Mrs Burbridge- property sells for nothing almost- I congratulate you dear Joe the McKell note is paid- dear Joe we are well and happy- Mother feels that while it is hard to be separated from you- that you are doing your duty- I believe it truly- and now it is in your power to relieve the suffering of many a poor soldier- where ever you are remember the poor private has much more to contend with and a kind word or sympathy- would be so sweet- excuse me for writing so- I know that you will try faithfully to do what ever you can- Speak kindly- deal gently with the sick and wounded- I see Rutherford has been recommended- but I do not feel that he will leave I cannot bear for you to be separated Good bye dearest brother- My next shall not be so hurried-

Yours truly Affc.
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Chillicothe, August 2nd [1862]

Mr dearest R.

I have just received your letter of 23rd and instantly hasten to write I have written once since your appointment- then I did not know what to say or wish for in these things I do not advise- with you if there was any hope of promotion in the 23rd I should say stay never leave them- even now the bare possibility of your leaving the Regt- makes me sad- and yet you do what ever is for the best- In a letter from Mother a few days ago she said your Commission had been sent there and Mr Stevenson took charge of it- he did not think you would accept the new Regt- as it was to be made up entirely and in the other Counties- the Commercial has a call for recruits from Capt G W. Killsett- (64 Walnut St for the 79th Regt- offering 90$ bounty that appears as though they were recruiting in Hamilton- I have read the list of Capt- and will send you the list but by mistake in it your assigned to the 23rd I wish I knew something of the matter- whether Killset is our friend on 6st [sic] I do not know- Can Col. S. be promoted until Congress again meets (then Ruddy you and Joe would be so separated and do you see who is surgeon of the 79th and Chaplain- Surgeon- Dr Mount- the cold chills run over me as I think of men under his care- to see you what would I not give - why I would even try to recruit myself- you do not know how helpless I feel- knowing nothing as to the progress or feeling of the men connected with the new Regt- and no way for me to find out- but oh what happiness if you could only be with us a little while- The 26th of July a gear [sic] ago was a happy and yet oh sad night- and yet the thought that I was with you to the last moment of that sad panting- sends such a thrill of joy through my heart- I think of it so often- twas [sic] bitter to know that when morning dawned instead of joy and happiness twould [sic] bring such heavy sorrow- and bitter tears- (We stood and gazed after the cars holding all that was dearest to us - but I was a soldiers wife- I must not cry yet- while standing there an old woman- spoke to Mother- asking who was gone- then she turned to me- you had better take a good cry- my dear- twill lighten your heart- how freshly every thing comes before me now- Drafting begins in Ohio after the 15th I do not think this letter will be of much comfort & pleasure to you- Our dear boys are at Uncle Scotts- while the past week I have been with Aunt Phebe- little Joe is well and is a beautiful blue eyed boy- the other little roudys you would not know- so sun browned and healthy- I want to send this to day so I must close I cannot express all my love on paper- not" even approaching it- had a letter from Uncle Birchard- And now my dearest one good bye. God keen you in his protecting care- my love to Joe- I wrote him a few days ago- also Jim- do you get the letters regular- All join in love-

Write me as often as possible-

Yours truly

In yesterdays paper I see that Mrs Miner's oldest son Nathin is dead- what a shock he was so well when I last saw him-

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Chillicothe, Aug 13 [1862]

Dearest R.

Received your letter of the 7th so glad to hear from you- suppose that now -without doubt your connection with the 23rd will be severed-

Yesterday as I read an article in the Commercial reviewing your Va Campaign- I could not help taking a good cry- that after all the hardships and toils you had undergone- that now you must part- You know darling I feel that all are so much attached to you and as Sergeant McKinley said "there was no one in the twenty third that would not die for you-" But casting aside all sad thoughts I will be with you once more if but for a short time Oh dearest you do not know how the thought fills me with joy- once more at least we will be united- in your excitements marches and various cares- your mind cannot always be on me- but I have no other thought- I hear ladies saying they could not endure the separation- and some who are parted now- are feeling almost in despair- but all my thoughts of you are loving happy remembrances of past joys- and a feeling of safety that God will preserve you- and that you are where duty calls- I never felt the power there was in that word before- I could write all day but want to send this mail- The boys are at Uncle Scotts happy and good Ruddy and dear Grandma at Aunt Margrets- and for a few days past Joe and his Ma Ma at Cousin Lizzie Fullerton-

To day a great excitement War Meeting- Anderson was expected but I believe will not recruit his company- though still hope-

And now dearest a thing that saddens me- will you and Joe be parted- what a relief it has been to me that in sickness he was with you- A letter from Mr Herron yesterday he says the Regt will be full by Saturday so the friends says- and that in a few weeks I may see you- excuse this scrawl my pen is bad and I am trembling Remember me kindly to our many friends if we part with the 23rd - that is not very clearly written- but your brains can discover my meaning- Let me know where to meet you, I send wedding cards in the same Mail-

Love to brothers and husband Yours truly L W.H.

what bitter tears have been shed over brave McCook, a pang of the most intense pain ran through my heart when the Telegraph brought the dread news. dearest God bless you and Keep you.

Your L.
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Chillicothe, Aug 17th [1862]

My dear Mother and Aunties,

We are all well- but from my commencement- you will see that I am not in the writing mood- Letters have been received from Jim Mc. or rather Lieutenant McKell he was well- We of course feel a great deal of anxiety now all the time- I was reading over the list of Killed and wounded- in the last battle and among the 66th- saw Sergt J.T.Mitchell badly wounded- this I fear is Johnny- truly their affliction is great- I would write to them but how cold every thing would be that I could say-

Last Friday I was at Uncle Scotts- and now am back at dear Aunt Phebes. I had a letter from Mr Hayes dated the 7th he was well- they had skirmishing that day- then yesterday I received one from brother Joe- and one to you- it was sent by a Lt- Since Sect Stanton's last order I have given up seeing Mr Hayes- I have really felt that I would rather he remained with his old Reg. but was so confidently assured he had accepted the position- that I was looking to see him in two or three weeks- Robert the Dr's Servant called to see me Friday- came through Chillicothe to bring us the last word- Pirt Cook is very anxious to make you a visit before school begins- and wishes me to accompany her- so at present we think of coming Friday but do not be disappointed if you do not see us-

Joe has a tooth- Capt Allison L. Briwn- 1st Lieut Dickson- 2nd Lt I C Nelson the best and only thing that could [be] done- at least it stands this way at present-

Good bye Love to all
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Chillicothe, August 29th [1862]

My dearest R.

Yesterday my birthday- I commenced writing to you- but this morning came into town- (leaving Joe) at Aunt Margret's- A great War Meeting in Chillicothe and Joe wanted to come down- Ever since I received your letter that you had passed so near me- I have not been able to write- and now I can hardly keep my thoughts from the bitter disappointment- could have seen you so easily but darling maybe it was best though I cant see it now- Our boys are well and happy- Birchie and Webb are still at Uncle Scotts- but now are going to Aunt Margrets- Mother was not quite so well when she first came from Cincinnati- but since she has been drinking native wine- so freely she is improving rapidly Little Rud had a chill on Tuesday- but none since and we will watch him carefully he is a dear little fellow- but what shall I say of Joe- the dearest and prettiest little fellow you ever saw- he does look like you- brother Joe may be proud of his name sake- Our boys Will McKell- Ed Cook- (Uncle Scotts) Ike Cook- (Uncle Williams) went to Camp Dennison last Thursday- Isaac Nelson is Lieutenant- and Ally Brown- Captain- Aunt Phebe and Aunt Ellen went to see them yesterday- I have not seen the paper today- but I heard some one had been appointed in your place well well- if we cannot see you here with A New Regt- may be I will see you and the old one- You do not know- Indeed I did not think myself that it would be such a sorrow not to have you home- I tried not to fix my mind upon it- but it was of no use- I hoped against hope-

Robest [sic] passed through here last Sunday- I fear he will have trouble to get with you again- A letter came the other day directed to Col R B Hayes of 79th Regt- from Ky- applying for a position as Chaplain in your Regt- such was your character and in such exalted terms he had heard you spoken off [sic]- that Mr Strek felt he would like to be with you-

Our connection is well represented in the Army none of the boys able to go are at home- John Boggs fell [sic] his inability- and it is a cause of sorrow to him- his foot would not hold out on a march- I do not hear much about the draft- most of the Counties I believe have the quota made up-

I am going back this evening to Elmwood- direct to Chillicothe as usual- Say to Joe we received his two letters- the pencil and the 26th very glad to hear from Dr Clendenin- I am in debt to you all and shall write soon- though we hear just now no letters pass either to or from the Army- My last letter you will not receive as it was to Western Va-

Last Thursday Morning (a week ago) two bridges not far from Loveland were burnt- evidently set on fire- I have been in hopes that they would begin to attend to rebels and sympathizer's in Ohio- Do you meet with many of your acquaintances How strange it seems to me that we have been parted so long- and still dearest I would not have it otherwise- Your letter to me before you left Va made me so happy- the thought and assurances that your love was increasing always- but you think of me dearest as better than the reality- if ever we are again united- it shall be my earnest constant effort to be more deserving of your love- to be more necessary to your happiness than ever- I often think of the happy future- when once more a family together- our boys loving and honoring us- and think of bright happy days- God grant we may be together in old age- yes darling- I am getting older- but it so strange I cannot feel more than a little girl- when you first saw me and then when you loved me- But good bye dearest- Love to my brothers- All would send love for not a day or an hour passes that your names are not mentioned- God be with you- I wish I could see the men- they all seem near to me

Yours truly,
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Middletown, Md. September [1862]

[List of wounded in Hospital Lucy visited from Ohio]

Sergant Samuel T Cross
3rd Ind Cav Co. E. Madison
Lieut. Sam. J. Book- Harlandsburg- Laurence Co Co E 100th R
Cor William McLaughln Plainville Laurence
Henry L Bradish - Co A- 23rd R
Harland Ohio Marshall
Siples- Co D 23rd R - Wellington
Daniel Bowers- Co H. 19 R
B Russel - Co D 7th Wis-
Laurence Squire Geauga Co-
Albert Kelly 17th Michigan Berry Co-
Enos Taylor, Go. F 23rd
Versailles Darke Co.
William H Donell - 66th O.
Muskingum Co.
John Manning
Piqua, Ohio
George C. Bartmaster - 36th
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Chillicothe, September [1862]

My dearest R.

It has been almost impossible for me to composedly sit down and write- although you were constantly in my mind- Our anxiety has been of the most intense- and yet with all I felt you were protected- I wonder sometimes that I can endure this suspense- to us here away from the scenes of Conflict every thing looks dark- Since the late disaster- there is no ray of hope- the curse is upon us all- the protection of slavery- is costing many many [sic] precious lives- My feeling toward Mr Lincoln- has day by day changed- until now when he calmly sees our young men hurried into eternity- for the protection of this cause- my feelings are of the most bitter kind- What does he care- oh is it to continue so till our noble army is completely cut to pieces- I do not speak as I write- and try to guard that unruly member-

The good people of Cincinnati are in great alarm they have so strong a force now- that I doubt whether the rebels will attack- but all the new Regt are officered by men who know nothing- the one raised here commanded by Col Marshall- in which our cousins are- the Col is totally inefficient and also drinks- Isaac Nelson and Allison Brown are the only ones that know anything of the drill- it is now camped beyond Covington- Yesterdays paper says that from direct and positive information - you are to return and take the 79th while I want so much to see you- I did hope that the tried and proven 23rd would be your lot- with the different rumors I am constantly hoping to see you I wish you would say to me what you think of Gen McClellan- do you think he is responsible for our defeat or great loss- I am neither for or against either Pope or McClellan - but wish you would give me a little resting spot- this is a queer mixture- dont feel annoyed at what I have written- I have the greatest desire to be at home- I might be able to do something- I have written enough with out speaking of our boys- Grand Ma and her three boys are now at Aunt Margret's - Uncle Scott and Aunt Ellen did not want to give up Birch and Webb- and had started them to school with their little ones- but they wanted to see them at Aunt M's and Mother felt she would be better satisfied to have them with her- they have been at Uncle Scotts ever since we came up- yesterday he said he missed Webb so much that I must come out and bring Joe- they are not tired of your wife and babies yet- Uncle S sometimes gets low spirited about our beloved country his health is very poor- and I fear that not many years will pass over him- I know the high estimation in which you are held- and know also that he would enjoy a letter from you- so if you have time and feeling prompts you- why I should be delighted- Little Joe is on your mind- you call him the "little favorite"- well he is the dearest smart little one- and yet a bad one too- the Colic has not left him- so at night he insists upon nursing- which is not agreable [sic] for two reasons- it wearies me so much- and will cause your spouse to fail much faster in appearance than she desires- Well darling this is all foolishness- but the love for you is deep true and constant.

I have not heard from any of the Columbus friends for along [sic] time neither from Uncle B. I think they are in my debt- Your letters are such happiness the loving one from Flat Top- is engraven [sic] on my mind- know dearest that every thought and prayer for you is love- Write me as often as you have leisure- even a few lines are precious- We are all well and all join in best wishes-

Jim McKell- is in the Hospital at Alexandria Fairfax St Hospital- tell Joe where he is.

Once more good bye dear dear [sic] one- God bless you- and protect you-

Yours Affc. L.W.H.
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Willow Branch, September 18th [1862]

My dearest R.

My camping ground is again changed- I am now at the old Home place 8 miles from Chillicothe- at Uncle Will- all the cousins have gone to the war- so there seems to be some great change every where- but when I try to think what makes the difference- I find all as usual- but the kind affectionate cousins just grown and retaining all the early love for Cousin Lucy- and her boys- indeed Ruddy no one has ever met with more real heart felt kindness then I- You will say - why what is the matter that I should feel it so much you do not know how changed your absence makes me feel- a sadness- and oh dearest a fear which I try to banish- that it may be a long parting how anxiously we watch the papers- and last Tuesday the announcement that Major R B Hayes was wounded send the blood to my heart- but I took the paper and read it again of the Ohio Cavalry- as yet I I [sic] feel you are preserved to us- and now dearest- just here- let me say to you again- if anything should happen you or my brothers- we can come without little Joe- Aunt Lu has said and wished me to write- that should anything happen- she will keep our children while we go to you- I feared you might hesitate to send for us- knowing how young Joe is- but brighter days I hope are coming- the three boys are with Grand ma at Elmwood- have been there two weeks- Uncle Scott disliked to part with them- and Aunt Ellen said they were no trouble that they were the best children- there little Joe has tumbled over on the floor- and is now expressing his feelings- Cousin Mag McKell is carrying and soothing him- he is such a dear little one- you cant realize that he is sitting alone- but then we think he is a red head- that will comfort brother Joe-

The whole Country is dried up- the grass dried and yellow- and yet no rain- last night the wind blew hard- and this morning a little drizzling rain- gives the promise of an approaching rain- the fruit is drying up- and every thing looks yellow- and dying- I think of you these hot dusty days- marching marching [sic] wearied and foot sore- will it never end from how many bleeding hearts- that cry is heard- I have now given up- seeing you at the head of the 79th but probably in a day or two- it will be announced that you are coming- for two or three weeks past- I have been afraid to leave town for fear you might come- and it would be a few hours before I would see you. When the Rebels first threatened Cincinnati I thought of your Library- it is so closely connected with you all the books selected by you- and read with interest and you loved them- and I thought that not the intellectual wife- that would have done you credit- yet loved them because you did- As we are in the Country- and no boys now to send to town- I must close this for a neighbor- Write to me when ever you can- it is a strange feeling- but I can hardly write when I do not know where you are- Mother is improving so fast- in three weeks she gained nine pounds- dearest I wrote you asking advice about sending Birchie to school- when we return to the you may not have received my letter- where shall I send him- All send love- I heard a man on the street the other day- advising one who was going to war- to all his old woman's letter's when he received them, probably the same advice would be good to R.B.

Good bye again my dearest R. Yours L.W.H.
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December [1862]

[to Rutherford]

You will think spending or paying debts weight upon my mind- I broke off suddenly from the boys to money- S.B. as he calls himself is very happy in his school- I think Dr Soule- is very particular with him- Birch is more delighted every day- he is studying- Geography - Mental Arithmatic [sic] - Practical (Geography) Reading and Spelling together- and then Spelling alone- and now the only thing he regretted is changed- or he has found out the Dr has the boys to speak- and he also is to take part Webb oh dear what shall I do with him books he hates- but withal so good natured- that you are completly [sic] out done by him- You said Uncle Joe had a wide bed made for him and the boys- they were delighted and really look forward to Virginia I said to Webb- you cant go to Va- without you can read- PaPa would be ashamed of you- he looked very serious- then asked why must he read before going to Virginia-

The boys have been making out their bills against me- and it is right amusing- Birch and Webb bringing up the coal for my room and the parlor I pay them 1 cent a day- Birch keep the account for himself and Webb- the bills were presented to me last Saturday- I had no change- and the bills have been formally presented each day- Grand mother "Banks" for them- while I owe them- they have less trouble with her- Rud has been promoted to Webbs last winter Overcoat- and he looks very much like a rough boy- he says lessons and loves dearly to have books to pretend reading-

Christmas is coming- Father and Uncle Joe are away- but I will get for them- Birch is fond of Geography and I think I will get him a small globe- and the Rollo Books- or some interesting book for boys- tell brother Joe the book I presented from him last Christmas- when he made the remark- "I knew Uncle Joe sent me the Bible Stories for he is more of a Christian than Papa"- is still read with the greatest delight- it is strange he does not tire of it- but hardly a day passes he does not read in it- Last Sunday night he and I took Grand Ma to Church- left her there and as we came back- he very abruptly said "Mama I believe I will be a preacher- and have a farm besides- and you know they pay 12 or 15.00 dollars to a preach- and I could make a good deal of money- as he is fond of speaking- I suppose he thought preaching would be the most delightful occupation and the easiest- Webb is going to be a farmer talks about his stock at Uncle Scott's with great pleasure- Joe and Rud I have not much to say off [sic] today- but they are equal with the other boys Rud is so affectionate- I have your Photographs- how many do you want me to send you- Mrs Scammon called to see me- I was out but Mother had a very pleasant call with her- she expects to make Gen S- a visit this winter- and expressed a strong desire that Mrs H. should accompany her- Mrs Ewing and her little ones I suppose are with the Col-

Little Joe is furious- I shall be obliged to finish- did you receive the Atlantic and Harper I sent- All our friends are well- you have heard ere this of Judge Tholson heavy affliction- all that knew the Capt speak highly of him- I saw in the resignation Col W T Scott of 3rd Ky I am expecting to see Joe any day he says nothing about coming so he is going to take us by surprise.

Love to both J and J. -
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Cincinnati, December 4th [1862]

My dearest R.

I feel your absence really more than when you first left us- little Joe has been quite unwell since you left- and of course a great deal of trouble but he is now better and the other boys blessed with remarkably good health and lungs- though Webb on Tuesday Morning did shut the Cellar door on his toes- which lucky accident- kept him quiet till to day- no bones broken nor flesh bruised- but pinched right tight- and then he feared amputation, so did not wear his shoe Then Rud today was to have had his picture taken directly after breakfast he came in with his lip swollen out even with his nose- the blood running- a pretty sight to have his picture taken I was completely out of patience with them all- playing Shinny Webb had struck Rud-

Birchie is getting along very well at school- and of course feels happy- Yesterday he very gravely said to me- "I ought to have a watch- I dont know what time it is getting in school- Mr Soule dont have any clock- and I hate to sit there without knowing at all what time it is- Webb finds study very hard a good deal of coaxing- then the tone changes to an earnest one- then grows more and more emphatic till finally poor Webb has a good scolding- by this time reading and spelling are done- then again all is peace and joy the Arithmetic and a little Geography- so the days pass-

Mr McCabe made his appearance just at dusk with the pleasing announcement "the bag is found"- We have not yet seen it- but he has it in his care- and tomorrow happiness will again reign in this mansion he found it in the Little Miami Depot- The little girls spent Thanksgiving until Monday with us- they are happy- but Fannie I do not think is well- boarding school is no place for her.

We heard from Aunt Lu- she reached Chillicothe safely- but on the way to Aunt P. the horses took fright ran several squares without any driver- to the great danger of all inside- but nobody hurt- Now Ruddy- if you were only here- Would'nt [sic] I like to read "My hunt after the Capt" dont laugh any more- really the learned Dr- was more bothered and out of his wits- than your wife- once within ten miles- then back again to Philadelphia

I shall send you the number for fear you do not get it- this has pleased me a great deal- let me know how you like it- if you have these numbers- hand them over to the soldiers.

A letter this evening from Capt Skiles- which I send you- he had been to Columbus- and there was no prospect of any vacancy occuring [sic]- and now he wants you to have him appointed Recruiting Officer this winter- poor fellows why do they not do some thing for them. Sent Joe two shirts by the Sutlers goods- almost ten years since we were married- a happy life it has been to me- can you say the same-

Mr Stevenson got some pamphlets- (briefs he said) from your library- Love to all. All send love.

Yours Affec L.

Mr Corwin's wife is dead. Married eight months.

Be kind to my boys in the 89th maybe that is not right, but you know - let me know if those from Middletown are with you again.
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Cincinnati, December 16th [1862]

My dearest R.

Is it possible that I have not written for more than a week- if so I have thought of you so constantly that I imagined a great deal of writing had been done- your letter of Dec 1st was a great treat to us- I never was as lonely- never felt your absence so deeply as this time- the past two happy months were bright spots which leave deeper darkness- "Like getting home after a long absence"- I am so glad that is your feeling- how much harder it would be to bear your absence knowing that duty placed you unpleasantly- the sight of a 23rd would do me good- a little later I hope to do so- or perhaps if possible proper - - and a great many other if- get to see you in your own home I have had no letter from our friends Rudy's - but was truly delighted on ? going to see Mrs Hummel two weeks ago to be greeted by Lt Hummel himself- that same peculiar welcome that he gave me in Middletown- he could not tell me any thing of our men- said there were but 38 left in Hospital- the Monument at Cleveland ought to be erected- but should there not be some mark at their grave- something for us to think of- that though far from friends and kindred - yet their glorious death would always be known and remembered- the battle field will always be a place of interest- and I cannot bear to think their gallant deeds are not marked upon the spot- if we or I could do it- it should be done- dont think me foolish dearest- but I think of them and mourning friends constantly - Bill Brown and his handkerchief was decidedly good- but then Bill Brown is constantly saying good things is he not- I have heard a good many yarns- of Bill- is he back with you- I sent you Capt Skiles letter- did you receive it- I would like very much to see Ritter - am so glad he is appointed Recruiting Officer Poor Seiples then is still in Middletown is he not- let me know when you write are Bradish and Taylor with you-

We had a hearty laugh over the 89th - glad they took the matter in good humor- but what a reputation the 23rd will have by the close of the war- are you in Gen Scammon or Crooks brigade- here I am writing long enough to weary you and yet nothing about the boys- In the first place- if you were to look in upon us in the evening- you would find the parlor occupied- the little stand out and gas brought down - Birch Webb and Rud- looking at pictures or Birch reading to them- (little Joe ought to be asleep but seldom is) - Mother either with us in the front parlor or with the door open in her rocking chair- in the back- we have actually moved our bed and trundle bed- sewing machine- and Bureau to the back parlor- and find it very comfortable- and so much easier the parlor always was too cold for Mother but now they are both alike- and we can live in them- it is pleasant- we burn Coke almost all together in the front parlor- I ordered coal at 16cts a week ago- the next day twas [sic] up to 18 - I have got $150 - dollars from Mr S- this puts me out of debt- but oh dear- how fast the money goes- I try to be as careful but there are so many ways-

Yesterday received yours of the 8th - I wish I could be with you around that great fireplace


Mother and boys great and small send best love and Kisses to you-

Remember me to all my friends-
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Cincinnati, December 30th [1862]


A cold rainy day- more unpleasant than the same day- 10 years ago- do you remember the day and what happened to you- Your last letters have given me a great deal of happiness- your solicitude about health- found me in a very anxious troubled state indeed- I could not think of it without a feeling of despair- you will think me foolish- but now dearest the trouble is gone- a calm peaceful frame of mind- enough of past troubles- As I think of the past happy years- how I long to be with you- time passes slowly and wearily without you- This morning I had more to say to you than I could write- then so many interruptions that now I am writing all is confusion and bewilderment- but of one thing nothing changes me or bewilders with regard to my great love for you- two weeks holy day in the school- brings all the little torments together- Birch can hardly be stopped from reading his Christmas books- but Webb and Rud are incessant- Webb's greatest talent and accomplishment is in teazing [sic]- Rud is a good subject and an apt scholar- he is now trying his hand on little Joe- Our friend Mr Stevenson did not forget the boys- Uncle Birchard sent five dollars to be spent in gifts but your poor wife no dearest to get even the candy- It has rained constantly all day- hard raining not gentle showers-

We had a call to day from John Nelson- Ike's brother- he is quite well but still a paroled prisoner-

He told us that Lt Dixon- 1st Lt with Ike- died a short time ago- so I hope Ike will be promoted- it did me so much good to hear you speak well of the boys- watch over them for my sake-

Well dearest we are all well- loving you more and more- I shall expect a loving affectionate letter- if you only remember that to day ten years have passed away- dear Ruddy will it be our happy lot to reach old age together- the boys were perfectly happy on Uncle Joes return- these boys oh dear what will I do with them- Webb Rud and Joe will set me wild- the day has been so bad that they could not get out- so now the caged birds are almost wild poor boys they miss the dear father-

Little Eddy Miner is not expected to live- Typhoid Fever- there is a great deal of sickness among children. Our new pastor is with us- and I think we are particularly fortunate in such a pastor- the beginning has been a sad one to him- the first week there were six funerals from our congregation- Good bye darling all right with me- love you so much- Children and Grandma send love Yesterday I had Rud's picture taken have not seen it yet- Birch is reading by my side in your Christmas book- Picture Book of Quadrupeds"- almost equal to Bible Stories- Webb is taking care of Joe- now in the character of an Elephant- Good bye again my dearest

Yours Affec Lovingly.
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