Iron Brigade Reunion 1897 Ribbon for 2nd, 6th, and 7th Wisconsin Infantries, 19th Indiana Infantry, and the 24th Michigan Infantry.
Washington City D.C. Patent Office Hospital Oct 28/64 Dear Sister It is with pleasure that I embrace an opportunity of writing you a few lines. in answer to your letter. which I received your letter about three weeks ago. and was glad to hear from you indeed. that you enjoying health so well.
Head Quarters 19th Regt. Ind. Vols. Aug. 1st 1863 Capt. J. D. Wood Asst. Adjt. Genl. 1st Brigade, 1st Division 1st Army Corps- Sir- I have the honor To submit the following report of the part taken by my command in the battle of Gettysburg Pa. July 1st, 2nd & 3rd 1863:
Grand Rapids May 30 1863 Dear Brouther you spoke about about my mat not wrighting to you [ ? ] half writon but they did not get sent. Wee recieved a book for Adda. Shee was pleased with it thee first thing shee don was d to do was to d to go and play
Washington, Oct. 20, 1862 Mr. Benton: Sir: At the request of your friend, Mr. Domer, I write you these few lines. I beg you will pardon my briefness. I am in constant attendance with the same young man that was with me when I saw you last – that is my excuse for not writing sooner. Your son appeared to improve, and had a good appetite, and was very cheerful. On Thursday evening he seemed to breathe heavily.
Washington 11th Sept. 1862 Dear Parents: I will now try and write you a few lines. You must not expect much. I suppose father arrived home this morning. My wound is getting along finely, so Dr. Stephenson says.
Washington City Sept. 5 1862 Dear Wife: I arrived here yesterday 10 o’clock and telegraphed back to you at 2 o’clock. I have been through some ten hospitals since I came but cannot learn anything about Thomas or Sam, only Thomas was left on the battlefield and thought to be dead, and Sam was badly wounded and fell in the hands of the Rebels. I have also heard, but not reliably, that they were both in the Rebel hospital beyond Manassas.
Washington, Sept. 2, 62 Mr. Benton: It is my melancholy duty to inform you, from the best information I can get, your son Thomas was killed in the battle of the 30th ult. His comrades say that he was wounded twice; once through the hips and bowels, and the second, and probably the most fatal shot was through the lungs.
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, Aug. 9th 1862 Dear Father: I have not received a letter from you this week. And as we are about to move, for fear I should not have an opportunity of doing so for some time, I will now write you a short letter.
Camp opposite Fredericksburg, Aug. 4th 1862 Dear Father: I did not receive your letter until yesterday but was glad to learn that all were well. Since I wrote last, we have moved our camp. We are now three miles from the Rappahannock. There is no prospect of us marching for some time yet.
Camp opposite Fredericksburg, Va. July 26th, 1862 Dear Father: I received your letter last night and was glad to hear that all were well. We are still in this camp but still expecting every day to leave. There are now two regiments of our brigade out on the advance. They went out day before yesterday.
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.
Opposite Fredericksburg, Va. July 2nd 1862 Dear Sister: I should have answered your letter sometime ago, but as I wrote to father every week I knew you heard from him where and how I was. And I do not have time and opportunity of writing letters that a person does at home. We have been here now upwards of three weeks, and I cannot tell how much longer we will stay here.
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.
Fredericksburg, Va. May 13, 1862 Dear Father: We are now camped on the banks of the Rappahannock exactly opposite Fredericksburg. We came here last Saturday evening, and at the same time some of McDowell’s forces crossed the river. We were brought here to reinforce them in case they are attacked.
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 at Falmouth, Va. opposite Fredericksburg, April 25th 62 Dear Father: When I last wrote to you we were on the railroad near Warrington Junction. On last Monday morning we started for this place. We marched about five miles that day, and it rained all night on Tuesday.
Camp near Warrington Junction, Va. Apr. 16~ 1862 Dear Father: I received your letter some days ago and have not had an opportunity of answering until this time. We I wrote to you last, we were at Bristoe Station, about ten miles further back. We came here on last Saturday, and have a very nice campground on the banks of the Cedar River.
Camp near Fairfax Seminary Va March 25th 1862 Dear Sister Your kind letters came to hand last night. If found me enjoying tolerably good health. tho’ not as good as I could desire as I have a deep cold and very sore throat which you know is not very agreeable. at home and it is a great deal worse so here.
Fort Craig, Va. Mar. 1st 1862 Dear Father: I received your letter last night and was very glad to hear that mother was better. Since I wrote to you last I have received a letter from Joseph and Tommy, and one from Jesse. I have got more papers this two or three weeks past than I know what to do with.
Fort Craig, Va., Feb. 25th, 1862 Dear Father: This is the first opportunity I have had of writing to you for some days. Last Friday I was detailed to go to the city as color bearer for the 22nd and did not get back till Sunday evening. On Saturday morning I with seven others went to the War Department. And we each carried a Rebel flag from there to the capital.
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