State of Michigan Henry H. Crapo, Governor in and over the State of Michigan To all who shall see these Presents, Greeting: Know ye, that, reposing special trust and confidence in the Patriotism, Valor, Ability and Fidelity of Francis Raymond Jr in the name and by the authority of the People of the State of Michigan, I do hereby appoint him Captain in the First Regiment, Michigan Infantry Volunteers
Hd Qrs 1” Mich. Vol. Infty July 5” 1865 Capt H. D. O’Brien A.A.A.G. Prov Div A of Tenn. Capt. I respectfully ask that no action be taken on my resignation- forwarded to your Hd. Qrs on the 30” of June /65
Camp 1st Mich. V.V.I. Near Hatchers Run Va March 22nd 1865 Dear Nephew Yours of the 14th came to h[ ? ] by this nights mail. I was expecting one in reply to me I mailed you on the 12th of Feb. but from your [ ? ] I infere you never received it and your folks said a few days ago that you had not recd. a letter from me since I came back from Mich. am sorry I wrote that letter with a lead pencil while lying flat on my belly in a shelter
but it was directed with a pencil and that is the reason perhaps it was lost. In it I gave an account of our battle of Feb. 6th at Hatchers Run. On the 14th of Feb. we came into this camp but expect to move at short notice some of these fine days or more likely nights
3. The following named Officers having reported at these Hd. Qurs. in compliance with instructions received from the Surgeon in charge of Carver U. S. Genl. Hospital Washington, D.C. Will report at once to Surgeon B.A. VanderKeift U.S. Vols. In charge of Officers Hospital Annapolis, Md. for healment, Viz:
Sir In accordance with instructions from the Medical Director dated May 16. 1864. You will please report at once to the Military Governor of the District to be transferred to Annapolis Md.
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: Know ye, that Jacob Geniack a Private of Captain Alexander H. Merritt Company, (I), 1st Regiment of Michigan Infty Volunteers, who was enrolled on the First day of Aug one thousand eight hundred and sixty-one to serve Three years or during the war, is hereby DISCHARGED
Carver U. S. General Hospital, Washington, D. C. May 28th 1864 Lieut Francis Raymond 1st Mich Vols Detroit Mich. Sir In accordance with [ ? ].O. No 127 A.A.C. Par. 3 + 4. You will please sign the certificate enclosed to you in triplicate, and return the same as early as possible.
MUSTER-IN ROLL of 1st Lt. + Adjutant Francis Raymond Jr. in the First Regiment, ( Brigade,) of Michigan Infantry Volunteers, commanded by Colonel Ira C. Abbott
To all Whom it may Concern: Know Ye, that Francis Raymond Jr a Company of Captain Sergeant of Company( ) 24th Regiment of Michigan VOLUNTEERS who was enrolled on the 24th day of July one thousand eight hundred and sixty two to serve three years or during the war, is hereby DISCHARGED
Sir Will you be so kind as to send me a sirculor containing a description of the different models and sizes of Colts new model Revolver and Catridges Address as follows
Camp near Potomac Creek, Va. April 19, 1863 My own darling, Yours from Galva (Illinois) came today. There is little new here. We hear nothing more of the movements which we are certain are taking place. Today has been a brighter one than usual for me.
Camp near Potomac Creek, Va. April 9th, 1863 My Darling Wife, Another odd day comes & with it the inclination to write you. No letter came within the last two days. I was congratulating in my last that we had escaped the review, but we only had a postponement. It took place yesterday. It exceeded in magnitude any I have ever attended, even surpassed the Great Review near Washington more than a year since. There were four Corps in all & when I state that they will average 20,000 to a Corps you can form some idea of the tract of land covered by the troops. The joke of the matter is that the review took place back of the Lacy House & in full view of the rebel encampments. Mr. Rebel must have thought his enjoying a holiday. Today the visit of the army was reviewed – the President evidently needs to form an opinion own regarding the Army of the Potomac. He is taking time & trouble enough to have it correct.
Camp near Potomac Creek, Va. April 7th, 1863 My Dear Florence, Your letter of the 28th came last night & I enjoyed reading it far too much to write. I am so glad to know that you are so well. Keep on improving & do not let your mind be troubled. Everything here is as usual. Save that today we were honored with a visit from “Father Abraham”. Last night there came an order that our Corps would be reviewed today by the President & this A.M. we were congratulating ourselves because of the beautiful day. For some reason we take pride in being reviewed by the President. We were bound to disappointment for early this A.M. came an order saying that there would be no review by that Lincoln would ride through our camps.
Camp near Potomoc Creek Va Dec 28th 1862 My Dear Florence Tis a beautiful [ ? ] day + I cannot refrain writing longer though a huge pile of unfinished “muster rolls” encumbers my desk.
My dear Florence, I wrote you on the eve of our departure from this camp. We left early on the AM of the 11th. We lay all that day and the next waiting to cross. At 2pm the 13th we crossed near the lower part of the city & immediately went to the front & engaged. Early in the day a Brigade had charged over a field some 1/4 a mile or more & lay exposed to a fire from the enemies sharpshooters. We formed and charged to secure a position to support them.
Camp near Sharksburg Md. Octo 30 1862 My Dear Florence After many days of wary venting our eyes are now gladdened with the light of our division breaking camp. The 2nd Brigade is now striking tents + we expect the order every moment.
Camp near Sharpsburg Md October 22nd 1862 My darling Florence Tis is a cold rainy night + the storm as it falls against my canvass house making music not calculated to cheer or elevate the feelings. I am blue. Why I should feel depressed + sad, I cannot tell.
Camp Near Sharpsburg Md Sunday Eve Octo. 21st 1863 My dear Florence I write just after a visit From an “orderly” who bears bore an shunt but [ ? ] [ ? ] message in his hand from our Col. “Commandments of Companies will be prepared to Move tonight with 3 days [ ? ] victories.”
Sharpsburg, Maryland October 21st, 1862 Mr. A.B. Clark My Dear Sir, A little more than a year since I requested and obtained your permission to write Florence.
Camp near Sharpsburg Md October 19th 1862 My darling Florence: I suppose that if I were to there would be need for the surgeon not write regularly at least twice during the week,?
Camp near Sharpsburg Md. October 12th 1862 My Dear Florence Another week gone to the past + no no important movement made by our Army so far as elates to ourselves. We hear cheering news from the War + hope that tis all true
Camp at Blackford’s Ford, Md. September 28th, 1862 Tis the “quiet Sabbath now” but one can hardly realize that it’s the Sabbath, We are busy very busy in arranging the affairs of our comrades which disease and death have put in a good deal of confusion and today we learn of the death of another or our little band of Officers – Lieut. Wilkins Bloodgood died of his wounds Monday
Camp at Blackfords Ford Md. Sept. 25th 1862 My Dear Florence Two of your letters came this morning. The first mail I have received since leaving Washington. I know you must have written.
Camp Morells Division Bank of Potomac Sept. 23rd, 1862 Dear Florence, We occupy the same ground that we did when I wrote you a day or two since. I will stop ad tell you of the great battles in this vicinity.