Port Hudson May 21 1864 Dir parints a gan I rit you a few lins to let you no that I am yet a live but not very well but hapin this few lines may find you all well I have ben her a bot to weeks and hav[ ? ] had a leter from [ ? ] yet I have [ ? ] my money and shal send it to day to you by expres to [ ? ] and johnson I droll sixty dolars and I wil send you fifty and you can let Charlotte have it
Head-Quarters 1st Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, Department of the Cumberland, Near Columbia Tenn April 29 1864. My Dear Davidson “Marching Orders” have been received and to-morrow morning we start for Chattanooga. It is rumored that a general movement is taking place, and that the campaign in this Department is opening.
Letters of David O. Dodd with Biographical Sketch By Dallas T. Herndon David Owen Dodd was hanged at Little Rock, as a Confederate spy, on January 8, 1864. He was convicted on evidence contained in a notebook which he carried at the time of his arrest.
Camp near City Point Va July 5th 1862 My Own Mary. Many and varied are the scenes I have passed through since the sun dawned on the morning of Thursday the 26th of June.
Fredericksburg, Va. June 22nd 1862 Dear Father: I received your letter of the 16th and find you are still under the impression that we are at Front Royal, under Banks. We are not, nor have we been. When we started to reinforce him, we did not go any farther than Haymarket.
Camp opposite Fredericksburg, June 12th 1862 Dear Father: I received a letter from you last night dated the 26th of May, and while at Warrenton I got two of your letters and a paper. The mail to us has been very irregular. We have received but two mails since we left Fredericksburg two weeks ago, and I have not had an opportunity of writing to you except a few lines at Catlett’s Station.
Catlett’s Sta, Va. June 1st 1862 Dear Father: This is the first opportunity I have had of writing since we left Fredericksburg, and I have to trust this in the hands of strangers, and do not know whether you will ever get it or not. We left Fredericksburg last Sunday and marched eight miles on the road towards Richmond, and camped there until Thursday. We then received orders to march back to this place. We arrived here last night after marching 40 miles.
Camp near Rappahannock, May 5th 1862 Dear Father: I received you kind letter of the 28th of April last night and was glad to learn that you were all well at home. I received a letter from Jesse a short time since, and he did not say anything about Susan being unwell. When I wrote to you last, we were on the Fredericksburg railroad six miles northeast of the city. On Friday last we marched to where we now are.
Camp Near Yorktown Va. April 16th 1862 My Mary. Still no fight simply throwing a few shot to range the guns. By Christmas (I dont say next Christmas remember that) you may expect the news “Yorktown is ours.” One more S.S. shot this morning. No knowing whose turn it will be next.
Camp Butler Newport News March 2nd 1862 George Grape Dear Sir, I take the opportunity of writing you a few lines to let you know that I am well and in good spirits and I hope that you r too. We are going to start for ships tomorrow and then up the Mississippi to New Orleans and we will perhaps stay there until we go home. We are going on the Constitution. The 4th Wisconsin and the 20th Indiana and Mims Battery is going with us. We shall perhaps see some pretty hard times.
Frederick, Dec. 15th, 1861 Dear friend Eliza, I now improve the pleasant opportunity of writing a few lines to you and tell you what we are about. After a march of four days, we find ourselves in a little town by the name of Frederick in Maryland. We were removed here to supply a deficiency of soldiers and to fill out a Brigade, commanded by General Banks.