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.
Rankins ford Tenn Oct the 18th 63 Dear Uncle I Send you these fiew lines in answer to your letter of the 28th of August since that time I have had verry little oppertunity to write and we have not herd from home Since that time the rebs got one train of wagons with a lot of our Mail
Hd. Qrs. 2d Div. 23d A.C. London Sept. 29. 1863 Dear Father Since writing you we moved down as far as Sweetwater on our way to support Rosecrans but on reaching said place recd. orders to fall back to this place so returned the same night.
Head Quarters 1st Brig 2d Cav’y Div North side of Tennessee River 15 miles from Cattanooga, Hamilton Co September 26, 1863 My dear Brother I have but a moment to drop you a few lines to let you know that I am yet unharmed and perfectly well. We commenced the fight on Friday the 18th and our Brigade was engaged all that day skirmishing with the enemy.
Chattanooga Daybreak Sept 13, 1863 Sunday, My dear Davidson Yesterday afternoon our Brigade entered this newspaper famous town. It was deserted by the rebels a few days ago. Genl Bragg is retreating we suppose to Atlanta and our army is in close pursiut.
H’d Qurs 1st Brigade 2d Cav’y Div McDonald’s Rhea Co. Tenn Sept 8, 1863 My dear Davidson We shall this afternoon cross the Tennessee River and move to Chattanooga The rebels have all left the river opposite us and they are reported to be retreating towards Atlanta Geo. I believe our forces occupy Chattanooga. They have been before it for several days. Deserters are coming in by scores, 14 yesterday and 30 to-day.
Camp 8th Michigan Near Crab Orchard, Kentucky August 31, 1863 Dear Father, We are again well down in the state of Kentucky – breathing pure air & drinking pure water, thankful that we are as well situated as we are. The watchful care of divine providence has been over us in all the dangers of military life both by sea & land, preserving alike from the pestilence that walketh by noon day & the missile of death
Hd Qurs 1st Brigade 2d Cav’y Div Smith’s Coss Roads Tenn. 6 miles from Tennessee River. 38 miles from Chattanooga in the Tennessee Valley August 25, 1863 My dear Davidson I wrote you on the 14th a long letter telling of my Shelbyville experience sending also Col Mintys report and five rebel papers. again on the 16th I wrote on the eve of our departure from McMinnville. We have crossed two spurs of the Cumberland Mountains and alighted in this place we are now engaged watching the movements of the rebels a cross the river about 6 miles from here seeing that they do not run a cross and repeat the Bragg + Buell campaign of last year up in Kentucky. This is the place where Bragg passed through with his army. I do not think Rosecrans will be caught napping. It is rumored that there has been and is now heavy fighting at Chattanooga. Our army (Gen Rosecrans’) now has a front of about 200 miles and it requires a great deal of vigilance to watch it. We are now all I suppose on the Tennessee River with some of us a cross. Our main body is in front of and
Camp Bolivar Stevenson, Alabama August 20th 1863 Dear Father Yours of the 6th came to hand day before yesterday was very glad to hear from home once more. there is not much news. we have marched a long ways since I wrote you last. the boys are all well & enjoying themselves finely
Head Quarter 1st Brigade 2d Cav Div McMinnville Aug 16, 1863 My dear Davidson I wrote you a long letter on the 14th + sent you Col Minty’s report and five papers the same day. I now write to say that we are off again the Army of the Cumberland is again “marching on”
Faetteville Tennessee July 24th 1863 Dear Father After so long a time I have at last the opportunity to write a few lines to you. to let you know how I am getting along. the boys are all well & in fine spirits and I consider myself one of the best as far as good health goes.
Huntsville Alabama July 16, 1863 My dear Brother, We dropped in here yesterday for a few days after diners and sunday wanderings up and down the country. How long we shall remain the military powers that he can only tell. We have been in the saddle nearly all the time since I wrote you last (July 4th).
Camp Near hillsboro Ten July 12th 63 Dear Cousin I recived your kind letter to day and was glad to hear that you was well. I am well and hearty at present and in fine spirits I now begin to hink that this war is comeing to a close soon and I think that it is time that we had them whiped. we marched from murfreesboro on the 24 of June and it commenced raining the same day
Camp at Dechard at foot of Cumberland Mts. Tenn. July 4, 1863 My dear Davidson Here we are I believe to rest one day, having arrived last evening. I can hardly call it a camp having no tents or baggags with us. Bragg has escaped over the mountains and whether we are to pursue him or not I cannot say, not being entirely in Genl. Rosecran’s confidence, I suppose the rebel army is now in Chattanooga that part of it which has not been captured and scattered by us.
Bowling Green K.Y. Jan 11th 1863 Affectionate brother as I have an opportunity to write a few lines today, I thought that I would do so And give you a short history of the situation of company d. As you Probaly have heard that it has been detailed for the purpose of Guarding a railroad bridge across the river called great bearren. This bridge is located on the same spot where the old one was where the rebels battered it down on the approach of our forces under general Mitchell numbering about 20 thousand.
Tuesday, January 13, 1863.
The credulity of woman
on the subject of being
loved, is very great; they
often mistake a common
liking for a particular
regard, and on this
up a castle in the air
and fill it with it
with all the
of their bright hopes
and confiding loved
and where some start-
ing fact destroys the
vision they feel as if
the whole oration were
a blank to them, and
they the most in
It is safer to be very
on the subject
of being loved; but if
you do make the
mistake, take all the
blame to yourself
and save your
by if you cannot
keep your heart from
Camp near Munfordville Ky Oct 27, 1862 My dear Davidson I wrote you on the 15th just from near Crab Orchard where Danville which I suppose you have received. Since there we have been continually on the go. The 18th and yesterday were the only days we have out been in the saddles.
In the Field, Rolling Fork Ky. Oct. 23rd 1862 Dear Ida No letter from you since I wrote, but I gladly embrace every opportunity that presents, to inform you of the changes which we are making. Last monday morning we left camp two miles east of Crab Orchard,
Tenn Rankins Ferry Oct. 19th ‘62 Kind friend yours of the 20th came to hand about a week since I have delayed answering it for various reasons. The first is that I have had no material to Write on and we have been very busy since we were in the fight on Saturday but were not actively engaged most of the time
Crab Orchard Ky October 1862 Dear Uncal I received your ltter of the 8 of this month when I was in the Cumberlin Mountains about 8 oclock at night and I was glad to hear from you I contained some complaint about my not writeing but if you had known the way we have ben banged through since we came to Louisville
Camp in Lincoln County 5 miles from Stanford Ky Oct 17, 1862 My dear Mother Hearing that the teams are to return to Louisville to-morrow I must seize the only means of carrying a letter & send this.
Camp near Danville Ky. October the 13th 1862 Kind friend you welcome letter of the 5th found me day before yesterday camped on the battle field of Peryville. It was over a month in coming so you must not blame me for the delay. We had a pretty hard battle. I was not in the fight but I have been over the field.
Camp near Jeffersonville Ind Opposite Louisville KY Oct 8, 1862 My dear Mother Since I have been here I have been too busy to get time to write anyone. I dropped a few lines to Davidson a day or two after our arrival. We left Detroit the 26th ult and reacheed here the 28th.
Oct 1st 1862 Friend Martha and Mary Louisville Ky I have took this opportunity to write a few lines to let you know where we are we are camped about a mile from town. I got a letter from Orvil last night and one from [ ? ] I commenced a letter last night and did not get time to finish it and so I try again
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