I only found two letters from the Civil War, and this one doesn't mention many names
but does give you a feel for their down time.
Camp of the 17 Regt
I acknowledge that I am indebt to you a letter, and now I take the opportunity to write
you a few lines for I have nothing else to do to day and the rain is pouring down in
torrents & I am well and enjoying good health and I hope these few lines will find you
the same. This is the third time I have started to write a letter to you and when I would
get about half through we would have the orders to pack up for a march and then I would
have to stop writeing But - I think I will finish this one without haveing to stop. It
was just one year ago last tuesday since I left home But it seemed a great deal longer.
only one year longer to be a Soldier and then I shall be free once more to enjoy the
sweet pleasures of life at home again. We have not got to Richmond yet we are going slow
but sure. we are just 12 miles from Richmond now. I have seen Adelbert a number of times
but not since I left west point he looked healthy the last that. I herd from his Regiment
they were going to be discharged and sent home but I don't know how true it is. But I
hope it is so. if he has got home please let me know & we are stationed in fine
country. the fruit and grain is growing nicely peaches and apples are as large as a
Robins egg. wheat oats and rye are headed out and corn is large enough to have. I went
through a garden the other day and examined it through there was three Rows of peas all
podded out and I see the largest head of lettuce I ever saw. and cucumbers all blosemed
out and the same with berry bushes and currents and a few of very nice potatoes. this was
the nicest garden I have been in lately. Charles Watkins is well and he wishes me to send
his best Respects to you and the rest of the folks & we expect to go on another march
on monday again towards Richmond. I shall have to close for this time give my best
respects to James and the rest of your folks. Direct your letter to Washington, D.C. I
should like to here from you as soon as you receive this please excuse poor writeing
good by for this time
this from your Cousin
Wilbur H. Snyder
PS our company is getting small we have only 27 men with us now ___ _____ ____ luck for
His handwriting did take a turn for the worse at the end of the letter and I could not
make out the words represented by blanks.
Again, Adelbert is his cousin Adelbert Reddish, brother of Mary A. Thomas Reddish to whom
this letter is addressed. I don't know who Charles Watkins is, but would like to as
Adlebert and Mary's mother was Eliza Watkins and I have nothing on her family.
Next letter will be different, what it's like to die at home in 1886.