In this joint letter, both Neal Hadley and Lind Allen complain they have not received any mail from home. For the amusement of his nephews, Neal describes traveling over the mountains and sleeping standing against the side of a mountain.
Hubert Smith writes this letter in response to a letter of Asher LeFleur. After the amputation of his leg, it is a real concern as to how Asher will be able to earn a living. Smith suggests that farming would be too hard and perhaps Asher should...
Simon Hadley writes of home and missing those who are there. He mentions the kind gift of food from home which they are enjoying. He mentions the gift of a housewife. This was a sewing kit used to keep a soldier's uniform in good order.
This letter expresses the grief felt by Cousin Add over the death of her soldier boy, Jake. The letter is roughly dated as May 24th, 1864 as there is a reference to this death in Lauraette Hadley's diary on May 26, 1864.
Wounds & injuries; Soldiers; Military hospitals; Military medicine; Military reconnaissance;
In this letter, Cornelius Hadley speaks of the wounded men coming up from Sherman's army and how long it takes the wounded to reach a place of safety, causing many to be beyond help. He mentions the troubles of Asher LaFleur.
Hubert Smith is glad to have received a letter from Asher LaFleur and describes the work he has been doing on the farm. He has determined not to stay on the farm past autumn as he believes he has not the constitution for farming.
Simon Hadley served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Michigan 4th Cavalry and the Michigan 2nd Cavalry. The letter contains details of the August 1864 retreat of General Kilpatrick's troops under fire and need to cross the Yellow River, a dangerous...
Soldering; mail; Military camps; Military life; Guards; Wounds & injuries;
Simon Hadley makes it very clear in this letter how important it was to received letters from home. He discusses camp life and writes about the movement of the company. He also mentions an unname soldier who had two fingers shot off.
This letter from Lauraette LaFleur to her son Chauncey give him news of the family and comments on farming but the real purpose of the letter is to give him advise on the best way to lead a young man's life.
In this newsy letter to her father, Mary Ann Carleton speaks of her life in Albion, describing visitors and giving news of friends. Of special interest is a mention of a couple recovering from smallpox
Asher reveals his sadness at parting with Etta. On his return to camp, he ran into a woman who had copperhead sentiments and who proceeded to insult the soldiers. Asher had a friend who was coming down with the measles and he asked the woman if...