Letter writer: George Stivers, Co K, 18th Ohio Infantry

“DEAR SISTER URANIA,

WE RECEIVED THIS DAY THE FIRST MAIL FOR 10 WEEKS AND AMONG THE REST A LETTER FROM YOU OF SEPT 24, WAS GLAD TO HEAR FROM YOU AND ALL OUR FOLKS AT POMEROY AND IMMEDIATELY ANSWER AS WE ARE ORDERED SOUTH AND WILL PROBABLY LEAVE IN THE MORNING.  I REC’D A LETTER FROM DAUGHTER HARRIET OF SEPT 27. SHE SAYS THEY HAD MOVED PART OF THEIR THINGS ACROSS THE RIVER AND THOUGHT OF MOVING OUT IN IND(IANA). AND NEAR TIPTON BUT WHETHER THEY HAVE OR NOT, I DON’T KNOW, BUT HOPE THEY HAVE.  I AM IN GOOD HEALTH AND HAVE HAD A TOLERABLE PLEASENT TIME SINCE WE HAVE BEEN HERE, HAVE FELT NO FEAR OF THE ENEMY BEING ABLE TO TAKE THIS PLACE.

WE HAVE BEEN OUT MANY TIMES WITH THE FORAGE TRAINS AND SEVERAL EXPEDITIONS AT LAVERNE. WE KILLED AND WOUNDED ABOUT 100 AND TOOK SOME 300 PRISONERS.  I GOT SEVERAL ARTICLES AMONG THEM.  I RESERVED A DOUBLE BARRELL SHOT GUN.

THE ENEMY GOT THEIR ARTILLERY AGAINST THIS PLACE LAST WEEK, BUT NOT COMING IN RANGE OF OUR GUNS.  WE SENT OUT A BRIGADE AND BATTERY AND ENTERTAINED THEM TILL THEY WERE TIRED AND GOT AWAY.  WE BROT IN 40 PRISONERS, I WAS NEAR BEING TAKEN PRISONER LAST SATURDAY AND WILL RELATE THE CIRCUMSTANCES. ONCE I WAS BRIGADE OFFICER OF PICKETS ON A LINE ABOUT 3 MILES LONG, HEARING THAT TWO OF THE “TENN INFANTRY” HAD DESERTED AND LEFT THEIR ARMS, I TOOK 3 SOLDIERS AND WENT OUT 1/2 MILE BEYOND THE PICKETS AND RECOVERED THEM, AT THIS TIME INFORMATION WAS BROUGHT BY A NEGRO BOY THAT THERE WAS A CONFEDERATE OFFICER OUT AT A HOUSE A MILE FARTHER. I TOOK MY MEN AND WENT ON, LEFT ANY HORSE 1/2 WAY AND PROCEEDED TO A POINT OVERLOOKING THE HOUSE WHERE I BEHELD ABOUT 20 CAVALRY WHO WERE LOOKING FOR US.  THEY GAVE CHASE, I FELL BACK GRACEFULLY TILL OUT OF SIGHT AND THEN GOT AWAY AS FAST AS POSSIBLE.  THEY CAME NEAR US BEFORE WE GOT 700 YARDS AWAY.  WE LAY DOWN IN SOME BUSHES AND THEY CAME CLOSE BY US BUT DID NOT SEE US. WHEN THEY WENT PAST A FEW ? ROADS.  WE LEFT IN AN OPPOSITE DIRECTION AND MADE OUR WAY TO CAMP.  THEY WENT BY WHERE MY HORSE WAS, BUT WERE SO INTENT ON FINDING US THAT THE DID NOT TAKE HIM AND I, AFTERWARDS, RECOVERED HIM AND ALSO MY OVERCOAT.

WE WERE RECEIVED BY GENL ROSECRANS YESTERDAY.  HE IS A GENTLEMAN AND HAS PROVED HIMSELF A SOLDIER AND WE ARE ALL GRATIFIED WITH THE CHANGE.  THE ELECTIONS SURPRISED ME.  WHAT THE ISSUE WAS, I DON’T KNOW, BUT THE OMEN IS NOT GOOD TO SEE THE DEMOCRATIC CARRYING THE ELECTIONS, THE ARMY DEMANDS THE PREST EMANCIPATION AND THE VOICE OF THE ARMY MUST BE RESPECTEED.  WE ARE GETTING TIRED OF CAMP LIFE AND MUST TAKE EVERY MEANS TO PUT DOWN THIS REBELLION, AND WE DEMAND OF ALL MEN THAT HAS INFLUENCE TO STRENGTHEN HIS ARMS.  THE DAY OF CONSILIATION IS PAST, TROOPS ARE ARRIVNG AND WE FEEL AS THO WE WOULD NOT DO SOMETING FOR OUR COUNTRY BEFORE COLD WINTER COMES ON, AND THE GODS HAVE DECIDED THAT WHEN THIS REBELLION IS PUT DOWN IT WILL EFFECTUALLY PUT DOWN.

MY LOVE TO ALL AND HOPE THIS MAY FIND YOU ALL AS I AM, IN GOOD HEALTH.  EXCUSE ME FOR NOT WWRITING FULLER AND MORE INTERESTING LETTERS.  I AM A LITT __?__ FOR TIME HAVING TO MARCH IN THE MORNING AND HAVE A FEW LETTERS TO ANSWER,

YOURS TRULY,

(GEORGE)

MY BLACK BOY JOHN SENDS HIS RESPECTS AND SAYS HE LIKES YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE WILLING TO SEE HIS RACE FREE.”

Source: eBayp January 2011

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