Good morning my love i am well and i hope you the same i hant but 15 minits to rite in for the male is going out i got a leter this morning and was glad to here from you and that you are well i have bin down in the market and bought sum cabig and turnips and carets for a boild super for my squad with money that i got for rations we are going to have christmas we have got baked beens for diner you must excuse me for i hant time to rite eny more for i wont this to start to my love So good by my deare wife marintha M Kimball from youre husbend Sylvester Kimball
Fort Powell Alibamy March the 4 1865 Dir father and mother that will rit you a few mor lins to let you no that I was well and enjoying life and hoping this few lines will find you all the sam the last leter that I got from Charlotte she rot that dad was sick I was say to her the the old jentleman was sick
Fort Morgan, Ala March 3rd 1865 Dear Folks at home Your kind letter of Feb 5th has come to hand it found me very busy, and I cannot take the time write you a long letter in reply I am very busy working, from 7 oclock A.M. till 9 oclock P.M. and the worst of it is that there is no prospect of getting caught up on the work
Fort Gaines Ala, Oct. 4th 1864. Madam Please find enclosed the likenesses, and letter forwarded by you to your Husband of whose untimely death, you have undoubtedly heard ere this.
Washington Iowa Oct 1st 1864 Mrs Elizabeth Babcock Three Rivers St Joseph. Co. Mich. Absent Friend, On arriving at home yesterday P.M. I found your letter of Sept 25 acknowledging the receipt of my former letter & asking information concerning your Husbands death.
Western Sanitary Commission, No. 10 North Fifth Street, St. Louis Sept 19 1864 Mrs Saml. P. Babcock Three Rivers. St Joseph Co. Michigan Dear Madam. I suppose Mrs Mary A. Newcomb of Litchfield Ill. has written to you concerning your husbands death.
Effingham Ill Sept 15 /64 Mrs Babcock – Dear Madam I persume ere this will reach you. you will recieve a few lines from me at Cairo or rather on the Steamer Empress whare I found your Husband he was on his way home & I precieved he was very sick. I at once took him under my care & done all I could for him.
On Steamer Empress Sept 11 /64 Mrs Babcock Dear Madam it is no pleasant task for me to address you [ ? ] the subject I have to- I come on board this boat at Vicksburg & found your husband Samuel P. Babcock very sick he was on his way home to Michigan.
St. Charles Ark. July 31st 1864 My Dear Libbie I have begged a sheet of paper and I am going to write to you and you must inform all of our folks and every body else of my whereabouts and tell them how I am getting along. First I am well and feel in pretty good spirits. We left Vicksburg on the 23rd of this month on the steamer Clarabell. Companies E, F, H, & I on the St. C and the other 6 companies on board the st. Kate Dale.
Port Hudson May 21 1864 Dir parints a gan I rit you a few lins to let you no that I am yet a live but not very well but hapin this few lines may find you all well I have ben her a bot to weeks and hav[ ? ] had a leter from [ ? ] yet I have [ ? ] my money and shal send it to day to you by expres to [ ? ] and johnson I droll sixty dolars and I wil send you fifty and you can let Charlotte have it
Port Hudson La May 20th 1864 Dear Libbie It is after roll call but I am going to stay up most all night. I have volunteered to go the “Grand rounds” with Captain Cogswell. We will not start til 12 oclock. Now I will tell you what the Grand rounds are. Grand rounds is supposed to be the Officer of the day and his staff on a tour of inspection.
Camp Clark No. 1 September the 13. 1862 Dear wife this morning finds me well and i hope it finds you the same yesterday we had a hard rane but it is plesant this morning yesterday i made a splint broom + cucked sum beens
Ger General hospittl no 2 vicksburg Mis Aug 28 62 Dear wife I take my pen in hand to write a few lines to let yo no that my health is about the same I doant no but I am gain a verry little
Camp Butler Newport News March 2nd 1862 George Grape Dear Sir, I take the opportunity of writing you a few lines to let you know that I am well and in good spirits and I hope that you r too. We are going to start for ships tomorrow and then up the Mississippi to New Orleans and we will perhaps stay there until we go home. We are going on the Constitution. The 4th Wisconsin and the 20th Indiana and Mims Battery is going with us. We shall perhaps see some pretty hard times.
Headquarters of the 6th Michigan Regiment Camp McKim Co. A Baltimore Dec. the 20th 1861 Dear Cousin Carrie I received yours of the 15 today and it is useless to say that I was just as glad as ever to hear from you and that is very glad indeed. Well Carrie, I am back in the City of Baltimore and I am none the sorry for it you may bet for I be goin to get tired of marching.
No 77 Voucher No. 5. Paid Balto Oct 25th 1861, Holly VanOstran Private Co D 6th Regt Mich Vols From 1st of September 1861, to 22d of October 1861,
Certificate To Be Given to Volunteers at the Time of Their Discharge to Enable Them to Receive Their Pay, &c. I certify, on honor, that Holly Van Ostran a Private of Captain Clarke’s Company (D) of the Sixth Regiment of Michigan Volunteers, of the State of Michigan, born in Cayuga, State of New York, aged 18 years; 5 feet 5 inches high: light complexion, hazel eyes, light hair, and by occupation a Farmer, having joined the company on its original organization at Dowagiac, Mich., and enrolled in it at the muster into the service of the United States at Kalamazoo Mich, on the Twentieth day of August, 1861