Pritchard, Benjamin D. – May 24, 1865

Michigan Civil War Collection Rare and Notable

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Regiment: 4th Michigan Cavalry Battles Mentioned: Historical Figures: Jefferson Davis, Nelson A. Miles Fortress Monroe May 24/65 My Dearly Beloved Wife I will write you a few words again this morning although it seems as though I cannot write until I hear from the dear One But I hope and pray that I shall recieve some of those – dear precious Letters, which have been my sole comforters & sollace during the long long weary months of this terrible war when I arrive at Washington but ever those have been denyied me so long that my heart has grown denbly lonely & desolate. But thank Heaven the rich bless- ings of love and long denied happiness is soon to be spread out before us in our unbroken future. Since I wrote you last Dearest Love. I have recieved orders to turn over to different officers all my pris oners, Some of whom have been sent to Ft. Warren, some to Ft. Delaware, others to Ft. McHenry, and one to Washington. Jeff Davis & Clay, were escorted on shore by me on the afternoon of the 22d inst and I delivered over to Maj. Gen. Miles Comd’g the District of Fortress Monroe in obedience to orders rect from the Sec of War. They are heavily ironed and con- fined in solitary cells, under a heavy – guard in this Fortification where they will be kept until trial. Mr Stanton directed that I with my command should be assigned Company quarters in the fort & where I have been staying. But rect orders from Sec S. last night to proceed to W with my men and report in person to the Adjutant General We will leave on the evening Boat arriving at Washington at 7 A.M. tomorrow when I suppose we are to be exhibited for the benefit of the crowd which I suppose must be endured although not desired If there is any thing in the word to de- test it is to be si[  ?  ]zed & I have rect enough already to utterly disgust me. But they are peremptory orders & I have no way but to come to attention. If I am to be kept a W. long or if the authorities are determined to send me home as a Leave. I will telegraph you Darling and would like to have my Little Dear meet me at Webbs or at Washington as the case may be. I dread to trust my Precious Little Wife to the chances of another Rail Road train but I think it would be such a pleasant visit for us that I cannot resist the temptation if the circum- stances will permit. Would my Dearest Darling like to come? Will she come? I shall not be able to write more this time Precious One but will write again im- -mediately upon arriving in W. Pleas write me often and continue to address me at Washington. May Gods blessings rest upon my dear Dear Darling Mary and permit me soon to fold her to the heart of her Loving Husband Dudley [On Envelope:] Mrs B. D. Pritchard Chagrin Falls Ohio Save Fortress Monroe