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.
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
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).
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,
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.
In camp at Danville Ky Oct 16, 1862 My dear Davidson We six companies left Jeffersonville on the 10th at 11 A.M. Dixie without tents or baggage of any kind. I have nothing with me except what is in my valise. I left my carpet bag and have since heard it has been broken open and plundered.
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.
Jeffersonville Camp Oct 7, 1862 My dear Davidson You see we are still here in spite of all signs to the contrary. We have had two or three marching alarms since I wrote but we still hold our ground.
September the 26 1862 Dear frend I receive your leater last night I very glad to hear from you and to har you was well I am well toffar than ever than I ever was on labors has ben very hard this month we have march 400 miles this month I am in Ketuckey again the last day of last month we lef Steveson Alabama we have march through Tenessee and Kentuckey
Louisville, Ky. Sept 25th 1862 Dear Father I take this opportunity to write a few lines to you to inform you of my health and of the rest of the Boys also. my health is very good at present, the rest of the boys are all well accept Wing & Chan they are. in the Hospital yet
[ ? ] Knob Ky. Sept. 19th 1862 My Dear Ida If you were on the hills at whose base we lay, you could get a pretty good birds eye view of the Army of the Ohio. Wood’s Division is in the advance, six miles from here.
Bear Creek Miss. June 14th 1862 My Dear Ida Yours of the 28th + 29th ult. and 2nd ult. came to hand within three days. They found me very busy as I am foreman in the construction of the bridge over Bear Creek, which our forces burned to prevent communication of the rebels with the east. It is 300ft. by-two spans- the abutments 19ft. High above the water- which is from 5 to 16ft.
Head Qrs. 2d Batt. 2d Mich. Cav. New Haven, Ky. Jan. 11, 1863 Cousin James: Seated upon this beautiful Sabbath afternoon all alone within my tent, trying to pass away the time the thought occurred to my mind that I would do something I never did before in my life, “to wit,” write Cousin James a letter and see how mad he would be at my imprudence.