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Kehrwecker Family Papers - MS 641
Your letter of June 18th I received last Tuesday evening and yesterday evening I received twenty dollars by the way of Guge Cunard. We are all well and I hope these few lines may find you the same. Yesterday and this morning we had two good showers of rain. Father got in the last load of his clover hay yesterday. Wheat is not ripe yet and won't be under a week or ten days and some not under two weeks. It is considerably tangled and down on the account of its wait. Corn and oats is groing fine now. The weather is geting a litle warmer than it has bin this season. George has got thirteen young rabits, witch he caught in the clover field. He has got them in the corn crib. Mary & Caroline have gone to the lecture today over at the Colman Church. Christena, Hack, Mary, Ann are going too. Fred Renz is paing respects very faithfully to Miss Ellen Cook and C.H. Brenizer at the same place. We have no Sunday School this summer at the Babtist to go to. They have meeting most every Sunday. They Sunday School singing at senter in the afternoon.
E. Frost has been laid up for two weeks with a very soar foot, caused from a nail whitch he run in his foot at our house last year. Several weeks ago he had it lansed and the doctor found a hard substance of matter, which came out and got beter, but soon got wourse and sweled so that he could not git his boot on, but it broke open itself and he thinks it will get well now.
The sity of Richmond is not taken yet, but it is thought by some that they intend to hold on untill the fourth and have a big time of it on that day.
The girls have just came home Christen Hack did not on acount of her boy being sick.
I must close. I want to write another leter to George Renz. They are well again, the last we herd from them. Two weeks ago last Sunday I & D.C. Barr sent a pacage with Rickenberg. I sent twelve invelops and equal no. of stamps and sheets of paper and Dud sent 6 pens, 2 holders, and two sigars and a card, etc.
I will sent the Cardington paper this time. Uncle Steven is here today. He is well. Mis Renz sends her best respects to you. I also send my best respects to you and all who may enquire of me.
P.S. David Zering was taken prisoner at Pisburg, him and about seven hundred were let off on payroll [parole] and came back into Generel Mitchels Div. to the 34d O. Reg. Milo Welch came across Dave and wrote to Sam Zering. Dave, he could not write on the of his eyes being sore and when they got there they were almost starve and dead for the want of slepe. They got them something to eat as soon as they could and after they ate, some of them fell rite asleep as soon as they quit eating.
I have received another one of your letters, dated June 2nd & mailed July 8th, in which you stated that you were agan paid off and that you sent home twenty dollars, which I received June 28th. I also got a letter a few days afterwerds dated June 18th. I have answered them both. I also received a letter from J.H. Rhodes, dated July 1st and he told me that he was elected Capt. of Co. K, the largest Co. in the Regt. He has two Lieutenents and twelve uncommisioned officers and nintyfore privats.
Father has his wheat most all cut. I helped two day, Friday and Saturday. The harvesting is prety nere all done, this is the wheat, which is good. Louis Hack has inlisted too. He is in the 85 Regt., Co. C. Tom Bunker is Capt. of his Co. He has inlisted only for two months, to gard prisners at Camp Chase. This evening I have received another from you dated July 8th and I see that you not well and that you would like to come home if you are not well. I would like to see you come home whilest you can.
This is Munday evening and I am in J.H. Kidlers grocery at his desk writing. I have not time to write eny more. I hope this may find you beter or on the road home. I send my best respect to you and Rickenberger.
I have inlisted for three years or during war. Levi Reichelderfer is appointed Capt. I inlisted July 24 and the next evening we went down to Westfield and had a war meeting. We only got two and they were from Cardington Tp. The next night we had one in Cardington. Ther we got three and last night we met at Denmark. Ther we got two from Westfield, C.H. Brenizer, Wm. Wheeler. Yesterday fathers hired hand inlisted. He's a drummer, his name is John Gotlief. Hermen Metzner and Sunday, David Barber he inlisted. We have now got 14 inlisted. I will give you their names: Wesley Godman, Wm. Cuningham, Ely Meiner, Smith Mann, George Singer, Charls Oldfield, Dan McClary, Robert Demuth, J.G.H. Metzner, Cisero H. Brenizer, William Wheeler, David Barber, Faris and myself. I have not time to write now. We are all well and I hope you are the same. Write soon.
I received your letter a week ago, which was dated Aug. 6th. I was ordered to camp the next day to help build tents, so I did not have time to write before I sent and I forgot to take your leter along, so I had to send home for it and Father he came down yesterday and brougt me your adress. In evening the mustering officer came and then we were mustered in. Then our Capt. gave us furlos to come home. About half of the Co. are at home now. A part of them has to go back next saturday and let the rest come home too. We all haf to be back on Munday. I intended to wait untill Saturday, but the Capt. ordered me to take home John G.H. Metzner, who is sick. He is the man that worked for Father all summer. As quick is we were mustered in, I started with him. I got him home today noon. The docters thinks he will have the Tifoighed fever. He is here at Fathers. He is a good fellow. He is our drummer in our Co. I expect to stay at home untill Munday.
Our camp is about a mile and half south of Delaware. Our camp is nearly complete. The are now all in, but one and it is ready as soon as her quarters are ready. The Co. all no. 101 rank and file. Our Regt. officers are Col. Joseph Vance from Mt. Vernon, Lieu. Col., Capt. Brown from Marion, O., he was Capt. in the 4 Regt., Capt. McClary from Delaware is Major, George N. Clark from Woodbery, ajtent of the Regt. Our Co. officers are these, Capt. Levi Reichelderfer, Lieutenents, first Tommas Shunk, seckond, David Starks, orderly Morres Burns, sergns 2 Charls Ofield, 3 Wm. Faris, 4 John W. Godman, 5 Ely Miner. We have 8 corperels, of which I am the first. I would give their names too, but I have no list of them and am not yet acwitt all of them.
Father has got his wheat all thrashed. He has 256 bushels, oats 227. Christ and Father are hauling out manure. They are nearly done. We have had no rain for two weeks. It is very dry and dusty. I must bring my writing to a close. I must go to town and see the docter for Metzner, his medicen all gon. We are so far all well and I trus thes lines may find you the same.
Morrow Co. has furnish about two more Co. if not by volentiers, they will be drafted. They are making all preparations for it. They haf to covre the 600,000 must be raised, which caul for by the President at two cauls.
Next week my adress will be:
Camp Delaware, Ohio, near Delaware.
Care of Capt. Reichelderfer
of the bludy 96 Regt.
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