I wrote a hasty note to you this morning before I left, expecting to be absent several days, but fortune favored me for once, & I went to Columbia, instead of Stevenson, & consequently got home to-night. I have desired ever since the receipt of yours of the 19th inst. to write you a long letter but have signally failed. I shall possibly accomplish it to-night if sitting up late will do it. As I am on detail for the first extra train sent out, I may have to go in the morning; no one can tell, but to-night is my own if nothing happens. I will try at least to interest you, and if I can be instrumental in relieving your care or in anyway alleviating your trials, I will be happy indeed. Continue reading →
I have just been ordered to Stevenson again though scarcely rested from my last trip. I intended to write a long letter to-day but must wait until my return. I am very well & earnestly hope on my return to hear good news from you. May God bless you both. Yours of the 21st reached me yesterday evening. Continue reading →
I have for some time been intending to write to you I came over to see Pa’s and your sick Babe on wendnesday last and have been here ever since helping to do what I can Pa. thinks he is a little better but is in a critical condition The disease has taking hold of his lungs and has to cough and spit very much your little Boy the very picture of your self is very sick Mary thinks all the time he is getting better and I would fain hope with her if I could but my hopes are all dark with fears I tell you this that you may prepare yourselfe if the Good Lord should se fit to take him from you It would be very hard for to give him up he is such a deare little fellow I was expecting much pleasure when Mary would be here but sickness has prevented it thus far Continue reading →
Your letters of the 15th & 16th inst. came to hand this morning. I must confess that I had a severe fit of the blues yesterday, but with the night they have disappeared. Though I cannot glean much hope for Frankie, yet it is a satisfaction to know even the worst. Continue reading →
On my return from Stevenson last night, I found your letter of the 11th, one from Sister Lizzie [Zug], one from Bro. Wes [Culver] & Bro. Johnie [Murphy], & this morning recd. yours of the 12th. I am very happy to learn that there is some hope of Frankie. Continue reading →
Head Qrs. Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vol. Infty.
Nashville, Tenn., October 16th/63
My Dear Wife
Yours of the 9th & 10th inst. reached me this morning. The past two days have been almost insupportable. The last letter was recd. on Monday, dated the 8th, & this is Friday with no intelligence. I could not imagine what had happened. I tried to keep myself busily employed all day yesterday, but failed to keep my mind from reaching out into the future. I feared that the care and anxiety attending Frankie’s illness had brought disease upon you, & the improbability of my getting leave of Absence seemed unendurable. I feel better satisfied now, however, & earnestly hope and pray that Frankie’s health may continue to improve and yours be preserved. God is still good and merciful to us. Let us praise him. Continue reading →
Unfortunately I have recd. no letter to-day. I have been working on some Ordnance reports, trying to keep my mind engaged but with little effect. I do feel sadly disappointed and very uneasy. I feel assured, however, that had anything serious happened you would have telegraphed to me, yet I cannot account for this long silence. Continue reading →
I felt very much disappointed in not hearing from you this morning, not having reed, any word from you yesterday. My mind has been ill at ease all day to-day, yet I earnestly look for a letter to-morrow morning.
I reed, a letter from Sister Maggie [Utley] this morning; her family and mother [Murphy] are quite well. Leander is in Bureau County but well when last heard from. Continue reading →
Yesterday I received a letter from Frank saying that Dear little Frankie was worse. I so hope and pray that he is better again if it is our Heavenly Fathers will. I am so anxious to have you both here. Frank said he wrote you that if Frankie should die to come to him, if he does, do bring the precious dust home first, then go to him. It will be a sad comfort to us all to have him near us. Continue reading →
I’m well and hope you are. Frank, I’m short of change and do not know as we shall be paid off very soon; now if you have money to spare you may send me some by mail. Understand that I do not want it unless you can spare it just as well as not. I’m not “hard up” but might use money if I had it. Continue reading →