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.
Page 1 Camp East of Corinth Oct 15th 1863 Dear Father and Mother I have seated myself to write a few lines to you hoping that you may be injoying as good health as we do for we are in number 1 health Ike is getting better & so is Jim Ed has had the runs some but taking all things in consideration we are all right have seen something of war the day that the battle commenced at Corinth we had been out on a scout had just come from the west & we could hear the canon roar the Enemy had attacked us on the north sid about 4 or 5 miles from here
Camp near Corinth Oct 3rd Dear Wife I have just two minutes & a half to write we have just come in from a camp about 15 min from here we have been out on a scout for the first time we had quite a time indeed 4 or 5 of the Co H was taken prisoners Rogers was taken he clerked in Smithes Store at Paw Paw. they were out about 5 miles from camp were attacked by the rebels & were ordered to dismount when the Cavalry came down on them
Corinth, Sept 28th 63 Dear Wife I received your letter last night & the first I have received from you since I left home you & mother seem to think that I have been negligent about writing this is all I have to say I have writen five letters home & if you have not got them I am not to blame the mail has been stoped for nearly 2 weeks on account of the pending battle with Grant & Price. Grant was fearful that Price might cut off the mail & thereby post him in regard to our position
Head-Quarters 4 Division 13 Army Corps August 2 1863 Sir. I take great pleasure in recommending Col John M. Oliver of the 15th Michigan Vols for appointment to Brigadier General. I have served in the field with Col Oliver since the battle of Shiloh & had ample opportunity to observe his deportment as an officer in camp and in the field of battle.
Tuesday Dec 9th Holey Springs Dear Wife I have got able to go to my Regt got a discharge from the Hospital & am now waiting a chance to go the provition train will be in tomorrow & then I go to the boys they have done some hard fighting but I heard that none of them have been killed they have taken over 700 prisoners & a sargeant told me that the Colonel Commanding got word that Price had surendered his whole army to Gen. Steel & I dont doubt it for they desert from him by hundreds
Head Qrs Right Wing 15th Corps Dec 5th/62 Hon E. M Stanton Secretary of War Washington D.C. Sir I have the honor to recommend Col Oliver 15th Mich for promotion my acquaintance with Col Oliver is limited yet I met him upon the Battlefield of Shiloh when he behaved with great gallantry and did good execution under my own supervision He is a gallant Soldier
Thursday morning Nov 6th 1862 Camp South of Grand Junction Miss Dear wife I have seated myself on the ground with my poncho on my lap for a Writing Desk so you will have to excuse bad writing. After this I will write what transpires daily commencing last Sunday night in the morning about three oclock the horne sounded Boots & Saddles & the Order was for each man to have 6 days rations in haversack to be ready to start at 6 oclock it came & found 51 men ready to start where we knew not the horne sound stand to horse, next came the command Mount – The order was obeyed & we start in the direction of Chewalla passed it about 10 oclock our course lay in a Westerly direction marched untill night
Camp South of Corinth Oct 6th 1862 Dear Wife I have a few moments to spare & will be brief in Writing I wrote to you in my last that we expected to have some fun in a few hours & we did for I had not got my letter finished before we were ordered to mount. We did & in a short time we were where we could see & hear them fire to Price & VanDorn & Lovejoy
Corinth Sept 22nd 1862 Dear Wife I have seated myself to write a few lines to you for I think it strange that I have not heard from you since I left home John Swan received a letter from Milan but he did not write a word about you. We are all quite well but Isiah Hant he has got the dysentery quite bad he is agoing to the Hospital to night for we think it is best for him for we cant help him in camp.
Corinth May 6th 1862 My Dear Cousin Your most welcome letter was recived several days since, and I should have answered it sooner had I not been out on a scout when it came. I assure you I was happy to receive it in fact I am always glad to hear from you Cousin Eva you are allways so kind to me for which I shall ever feel grateful Both myself and horse were completely worn out. We were out seven days and nights during the time we did not take the saddles off of our horses.
Camp Mich, 2 Feb. 21 1862. Dear Mother: I have just come off guard & take this opportunity to write to you. For the past two weeks we have had so much good news – so many glorious victories – that we can hardly come down to sober truth.