There is a strong Union Element in Pocohontas. If protected or armed it would show itself actively. Middleton is strongly secesh Dr S H White Allen McKinsie Parks & Lilliard are the leaders. White was a major in the 12 months service at the expiration of the term he returned home.
Photograph of General George A. Custer
Oberlin Ohio March 5th 67. My Dear Friend Your kind, good, welcome letter was recieved some time since and should have been answered immediately had I not been over run with work. I do thank you my friend, for your kind, cheering words, and for the peace which I am still permitted to hold in your confidence and esteem.
Oberlin Ohio Jan. 4th 1867 My dear Friend You kind and very welcome not is just received. I thank you very much for your kindness in writing to me and will gladly avail myself of the opportunity of making inquiry concerning some old friends with associates of whose fate I am in perfect ignorance.
Pontiac Mich July 15, 1865 Mrs Merrill Madam Your note of inquiry relative to your husband SB Merrill brings this response. I was aquainted with him about the time he died but at that time I did not think that I should ever get out myself so I was not as particular about it as I would otherwise He died about the last of August last
Congratulatory Order to the Soldiers
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
On board the Steamer Clyde off Fortress Monroe May 20/65 God has again permitted me to come where I can once more address Thee my hearts most precious [ ? ] Oh! Mary Dear what a long long time it has been since I left the Loved One and not one single word have I heard from you since or any one at home.
Head-Quarters Second Brigade, Second Division Cavalry, Macon Ga, May 18 1865 My dear Davidson I broke off abruptly in my last on the 9th inst to start after the redoubtable Jeff Davis. I was not one of the fortunate 150 who caught the above named gentleman, but I have the plesant knowledge that if he hadn’t fallen into Pritchards hands, we should have taken him in out of the cold. We had gone down on the road in front of him to cut him off. However the 4th Michigan caught him, and, at that we shouted most lustily, and threw up our apologies for hats.
Head-Quarters Cavalry Corps, M. D. M., Macon Ga May 77th 1865. I, the undersigned, Dr. L. L. Pollock a Major Surgeon C.S.A do solemnly swear that I will not bear arms against the United States of American, or give any information, or do any military duty whatsoever, and that I will not permit or counsel any of the men of my command to do any act in hostility to the United States, or inimical to a permanent peace, upon the basis of a united nationality, until regularly relieved by the United States of this obligation. Lewis L. Pollock M.D.
Hd. Qrs. 4 Mich. Cav. Abbyville, Ga. May 11th 65 Capt. Scott A.A.A.G. 2nd Divis. C.C.M.D.M. Sir- I have the honor to report that at daylight yesterday at Irwinsville I surprised & captured Jeff Davis & family, together with his wifes sister and brother, his Post Master Gen. (Regan) his private Sec’y (Col. Harrison) Col. Johnson A.D.C. on Jeffs staff, Col. Morriss, Col. Tubbick Lt. Hathaway, also several unimportant names and a train of 5 wagons & 3 ambulances
Military Division of the Mississippi Near Macon Ga May 8 1865. My dear Davidson I have been intending for a long while to write you and give an account of our doings in this part of the country but have heretofore had no opportunity of sending a letter off. In fact I do not know when this will be started, but I will try to have it ready for the first opportunity. I suppose you have seen in the papers some account of our doings if they will allow us a column or two in the same sheet which contains the surrender of Lee & Johnsons.
Birk Station Apr. 12 1865 Dear Sister, I am writing to you today to letting you know that I am well and that I saw the rebellion we had been fighting them every day for eleven days. That morning it commenced at day light. Our division was dismounted and sent out on the skirmish line. We fought them about two hours so General Sheridan could get the infantry in position then we moved our horses and charged on them but there met Genl. Lee with a party of men working on terms.
Head Quarters 3d Brig 2nd Div 15th A.C. Near Goldsboro N.C. March 30th 1865 Captain I have the honor to submit the following Memoranda of Marches on the late Campaign from Savannah G.A. to Goldsboro N.C. Jan 30th 1865. Broke camp (Near Beauford S.C.) at 7 oclock A.M. and crossed River at the Ferry on Pontoon Bridge took road through Gardens corner past Bridge Church and there left hand road to [ ? ] reached camp 3.45. P.M. Distance marched 17. miles.
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
Hd Ar 3 Brigd 2d Division 15 AC Savannah Ga Jnauary 5 1865 Capt G. Lofland A. A. Genl 2d Div 15 AC Sir I have this honor to report the following details of operations of this Brigade in the Campaign so gloriously conducted by the Capture of Fort McAllister and Surrender of Savannah.
Head Quarters U.S. Forces Winchester, Va. Nov. 7 1864 Colonel, I have the honor to state that G.H. Sowle Co. G 5 Michigan Cavalry this day entered on lines from the direction of Berryville and reported as follows. He was taken prisoner by men of Mosby’s command on the Maeadanuged Road near Newtown and by them taken to a camp on the Berryville and Winchester Turnpike.
Hd Qrs 1st Brigd 4th Div. 15th A.C. East Point, Ga. Sept 9th 1864 Capt Ira J. Bloomfield AAAGenl 4th Div 15th A.C. Sir. I have the honor to submit the following report of the 1st Brigade, since August 4th 1864 when the Division was reorganized together with the reports of the Regimental Commanders. And a copy of the report of the operations of the 3rd Brigd which was under my command during the campaign until it was discontinued in the reorganization.
Head-Quarters 1st Brig., 2d Cavalry Division, Near Sand Town, GA August 28 1864. My dear Davidson A few days ago I wrote you a few lines announcing my safe return from one of these raids which leave generally been so unfortunate in this Department On the 18th at 1 AM our and Col Long’s Brigades the 1st + 2d all under Col Minty left our Peach Tree Creek Camp on the left of our army and at 7 the next morning reported to Genl Kilpatrick at Sand Town, having during the night passed in the rear of our army to its right. We remained quietly at Sand town during the 21st and at sundown started to cut the rebel communications south of Atlanta. Two well equipped expeditions Stoneman’s and McCook’s had been totally ruined in attempting the same thing. We however imagined we were made of sterner stuff and started off in good spirits.
Head-Quarters 1st Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, Department of the Cumberland, Peach Tree Creek, GA August 17 1864. My dear Davidson Since mine to you of the 4th inst until the 15th we were laying in the trenches
before Atlanta dismounted and expecting every twelve hour to enter the city. We are not there yet as you will probably be aware when you read the telegrams of this late. I shall not foretell when we shall enter the place as I don’t know, and have too often burned a false prophet. Our lines nearly [ ? ] it, and are about eighteen miles in length. Yesterday Capt Thompson + I rode the extreme length of them from left to right and return. and saw the great army under Sherman at some places we are close to the city. and at others several miles distant.
Petersburg Va Aug 4th 1864 Dear Cousin I now take my pen in hand to inform you that I am well I have not heard eney thing from Stewartstown for Some time I thought I would write you a few lines thinking that I might get an answer Last Spring when so many Wisconsin Brave sons was going to fill up the broken rank of our Nation I thought it my duty to Volinteer and go to my Country’s call all though it was hard to part with home and go and face the rebel bullets but the 26th of last Feb. I enlisted in Company B 6th Reg Wisconsin Vol and went into Camp at Madison
Hd Qrs 3rd Brig 4th Division 15th A.C. Before Atlanta Ga August 4th 1864 Capt Geo J. Wilkinson A.A.A.Genl 4th Div 15th A.C. I have the honor to submit the following hastily drawn report of the part taken by the 3rd Brigade, of the 4th Division, 15th A.C. in the campaign, commencing May 6th 1864, and ending August 3rd 1864 when this Brigade was discontinued. In the midst of the work necessarily devolving upon us all, this report cannot be made as full or as perfect as it ought to be.
Hd Qrs 3rd Brigd 4th Div 15th A.C. Before Atlanta Ga Aug 4th 1864 Capt Geo I. Wilkinson A.A.A.G. 4th Div 15th A.C. Sir I have the honor to submit the following hastily drawn report of the part taken by the 3rd Brigade of the 4th Div. 15th A.C. in this campaign commencing May 6th 1864 and ending August 4th When this Brigade was discontinued. In the midst of the work necessarily devolving upon us all the report cannot be made as full or as perfect as it right to be.
Camp Sumpter Georgia July 12th 1864 Andersonville. Dear Father & Mother. Knowing that you are very anxious to hear from me & to know whether I am dead or alive I thought I would write a few lines this morning & a few it will be for I am not able to write much & am not permitted by the confederates authorities to write only a few lines. hoping this will. find you all well & in better spirits than myself. I have written home several times & got no answer. the news here is scarce I saw six of our own men hung yesterday inside the stockade it was good enough for them they deserved it sure. they were hung for killing & robbing some of the prisnors here in prison. our prison is a large stockade. our grub is corn meal & bacon