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.
Dec the 17 1863 In Camp Near Holston river Tenn Wall my dear wife glad boy was I to hear from you once more God for Give you and I will for I thought you was not a gain to rite any more but this day comes the glad lines from you wall Sina I am on picket to day
Knoxville Tenn Sept 25 /63 Dear Uncle We have had quite a journey since you left. We have come one hundred and fifty miles (150) over the worst roads I ever saw up and down mountains and across rivers. Quite a number of our wagons upset coming down clinch mountain and a number of mules fell down dead while going up it was the worst mountain we had to cross.
Camp near Waterford Dec 27th 62 Dear Wife & Parents this leaves me well & all of the boys with us I am with the baggage train Edwin Albert & most of Co C & in fact most all of the Cav are after a band of Rebels that came in to Holly Springs & cut our communications off Burnt our stores of Provisions & took all of the sick & some of the well Prisoners but we have made them pay for it. Our men have taken. The report is that 1200 Rebl cav out near Salem they have been out 1 week from camp
Cedar Mountain, Va. Aug. 14th, 1862 Dear Father: We are now some forty miles from Fredericksburg, at Cedar Mountain, the late field of battle. We arrived here on last Monday night after two days hard marching. On the evening of the first day we crossed the Rappahannock River at Ellis’s Ford, wading up to our middle. That was Sunday. On Monday at 3 A.M. we again commenced marching, and marched upwards of thirty miles to this place.
Opposite Fredericksburg, Va. July 18th 1862 Dear Sister: I received your letter this evening and was very much pleased to hear from you. I hasten to answer your letter for fear I shall not have another opportunity of doing so. We are ready to march at any moment, and when we start this time it is on to Richmond.
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.
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.
1862 Charlestown Va March 6th My Dear Parents I received your letter of the 24th of Feb in due time and I was very glad to hear from you once more I had begun to think that you had not got my last and wrote another a few days since. I am well and hope this will find the same for I fear ere this that the children have got the measles.