Academy of Music Banner, October 12, 1877
Photographs of Dexter D. Keeler and Family
Lebanon Junction June 1 Corporal Geo Van Valkenbrugh 23rd Michigan On my way to Nashville Come there and visit me when you can.
Photograph of Dexter D. Keeler, February 1865
May the 1 1864 Mr George Van Sunday Dear friend it is with much pleasure that i seat my self to answer your welcom leter i thought that you had entirley forgoten us poor siners but it seams that you have thought it worth your while to remember us once more and i will endvor to answer yours of the 8 of April
You will think I made up in quanity what is lacking in quality. H.N.M. Davison Center April 25, 1864 Dear Friend, Yours come to hand today and I will set an example to all good soldiers by answering immediately. I wrote you a letter about the time you where at Glascow and never recd a reply.
Camp of the 23rd Mich Sunday, April 3rd, 1864 Dear Wife, if being Sunday and there not being any duty to do it is quite lonesome so I thought I would write a few lines to let you know that I was well and enjoying myself first rate
Feb. 2nd, 1864 Dear wife Once more I take my in hand to inform you that I am well but feel quite alone and sad when I think of home and think how long it has been since I have had any news from there. I do not know whether you get the letters I write or not but there is one thing certain.
Knoxville Tenn Jan 13 64 Direct to Roseville Tenn. Hospittle No. 4 Dear Friend. I take this opportunity of writing a few lines to you in answer to a letter that I have Just received from you dated Nov the 7 63 I hasten to reply to your kind letter I was glad to hear that you was about getting a sick furlow
London Tenn October 11th 1863 Camp of the 23rd Regt Mich Vol Inft Dear brother William Yours bearing date of sept 13th & 14th was received by me yesterday. I Also received four more, one from cousin Sarah O. Claggett of Wis, one from cousin Huldah Sherman of Ohio, one from Susan Edic of Ohio and one from my mother of Ind. They found me well as usual and brought me good news except the sudden death of sister Sarahs youngest child, which I had heard of before.
Davison County Aug 1863 Friend Geo. I recd your excellent letter some time since and probably you think I do not intend to ans it but such I assure you is not the case. I will not fill my letter with excuses but will promise to be more punctual in the future. My school closed and I am now home.
Lebanon, KY August 6, A.D., 1863 Well, Hiram I got your letter the 5th and was glad to hear from you and Hellen. I am well at the present time. Well sir times is very good with me now. The longer I stay in the war the better I like it so I will take it as easy as I can. Hiram, it is too bad for W’m B. to have so much trouble about my old clothes and trunk.
Em Van Sunday, July 19, 1863 My dear George What shall I say to you I hardly not I received a letter from you last night dated July the 7 it has been 12 dayes a coming I thought it wase a long time but I wase so glad to here form you and to her that you are well I hope it is just as you say about your health
South Western Telegraph Company Nashville July 2, 1863 to Cousin George I arrived back to this place June 2nd. We were all through Knoxville Chattanooga Stevenson Ala and Tullahoma. Just after we crossed the Tennessee River coming back they found we were in the country but did not know our business They started some cavalry after me who follwed me 80 miles when I took to the mountain and they lost all trail of me
Davison June 22, 1863 Dear Sir Yours came duly to hand I should have been answering for this but I have been alone on the farm with the exception of Otis and I have been so tired that when night came I went right to bed and morning found me still very very exhausted.
Camp of 23rd Mich Vol Inf Bowling Green Ky May 28 1863 I thought that I would drop a few lines to you to let you know that I am well. I can not write but a few lines but I thought I would do that to let you know that we leave this place at 8 o’clock tomorrow morning to a place called glassgo 3 miles distant
Sunday May 24, 1863 Mr. Van Valkenburgh, Permit me (although nearly a stranger) to write a few words to you and if you think them worthy of an answer I should be glad to receive it. The Dr. and I have read quite a number of your letters so it seems as if we were some acquainted.
Bowling Green Kentucky May 23d 1863 Brother William as the 23d Reg Mich Vol Inft are about to cange their base of operation, I thought that it would be well for me to write a few lines to you. Co. D is not on guard to day having been relieved by Kentucky troops yesterday, so I calculate there is no hoax about our leaving this time. Company D has never been off duty before since they were detailed from the reg.
Camp 23rd Mich Vol Bowling Green Kentucky March 6th 1863 Dear father I take my pen in hand once more to inform you that I am wel I received a letter from you and Em a few days ago and was very glad to hear from you and hear that you was all well we are having very good times here
- Page 1 of 2