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Samuel Farsht Papers - MMS 1894
Correspondence from Samuel Farsht. He served as a corporal with Company B of the 67th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was killed in the assault on Fort Wagner, South Carolina on July 18, 1863.
Camp Chace, Virginia
Co.B, 67th O.V.U.S.
February 23rd 1862
I take this opportunity to write a few lines to you to let you know that I am well at present hoping these few lines may find you all enjoying the same. I received your letter of the 12th on the 19th and I was glad to here from you. I got a Port Clinton paper with it. I have got all the papers that you sent me and all of your letters. The wether is very disagreable here and the roads is so bad that we are not able to move and we can’t leave here untill the roads better.
We had a good time yesterday a celabrating Washingtons birth day and we had our flag presented to us yesterday that was sent to us from Toledo. General Lander gave us a short speech but it was quite interesting to us. Hiram Craig is to carry the flag. The boys are a getting better. We have only lost one out of our company yet, his name is Wm. McCay [William McKay]. He died with the measles at the hospital last week. Craig and M. Messer [Montgomery Messer] has got back from the hospital and they say that Isaac [Rideout?] is a very little better.
The country looks hard where we go through for where ever we stop we use fences for firewood. We have striped thousands of acres. Pigs, chickins and gees are scarce when we leav a place.
We feel in hops that the war will soon be brought to a close and it must be as soon as the roads get so that we can get through with the artilary. There is no end to soldiers about here. Baxter [Moses Baxter?] has had the ague for a few days and he says he wants you to tell his folks that he would like to have them wright to him as he has only got one letter from them since he has been in Virginia.
I want you to let me know how your hogs gets along this winter and let me know how you get along for wood this winter. I think Robert might a staid a little longer with you.
We have got our old Colonel yet and I am sorry for it for he don’t know beens let alone to take charge of a lot of soldiers. We Expect General Hill will take charge of us in a few days.
John Bunce is in the guardhouse for getting a sleep on his post last night and we don’t know what will become of him yet. Nothing more at present but my best respect to you all.
New Bern, N.C.
January 15th 1863
I take this favorable opportunity to write a few lines to you to inform you that I am well hoping these few lines may fine you enjoying the same blessing.
I have not received any letter from you since I wrote to you but I have a good time to write today and I thought I would improve the opportunity as it may be some time before get another chance to write to you as we are under marching orders. We have orders to be ready to leav at an hours notice to go on the cars to Moorehead and there embark but where we will go is more than any of us can tell but we think we will go to Wilmington N.C. and if we go there we will have some hard fighting to do but that is what we came here for and I hope they will push it through for I want to get through with this infernal war for there is a great deal of dissatisfaction in our army and it makes it very disagreeable for any one that wants to do what is wright. One thing that makes it worse is because we don’t get our pay. but for my part I think we will get it before long. I think that when we get pay there is a good many of our army that will desert as they are in the south and that they will be colonized and sent out of the United States for I know that freedom and slavery never can exist under one government and live in peace. They might just as well put two families together in one room and say they must live together.
I think that probably when you hear of the 67th again that you will here of them being in a fight and I don’t think you will here of them running as we claim the motto that we sustained at the battle of Winchester and that was to never turn our backs to the enemy for we saw the follow of that when the rebels started to run as we killed more in ten minutes after they started to run than we did in all the days fighting and I have always through I would rather surrender than run for I think I would stand a beter chance for my life although it is hard to be a prisoner of war.
If we don’t leave in a day or two I will write and let you know so that you won’t feel disappointed if you don’t get a letter for some time and I want you to be sure and write every week and I will write as often as I can.
Isaac and me is good friends. We have never had any trouble. We are like brothers together. What ever he gets I get a share of it and if I have anything he gets a part of it.
It is a getting dark and I must bring my letter to a close.
Your affectionate lover,
New Bern N.C.
Co.B 67 rgmt OVI
[January ? 1863]
I must write a few lines to you to let you know that I have not forgotten you and I very often think of you and I wish I could see you all once more and I hope it won’t be long before I can come and see you once more and I hope you will all try and be good children and do as your mother bids you and you must go to school when ever you can get a chance and try and learn as fast as you can for when you get a little older you will not have as good a chance to go to school then as you will have to work and earn something to live on as your mother and me has to work for a living. You will have to do so too and now you must improve your time as well as you can. I want you to let me know if you got a newspaper with a couple of breast pins in it. I want you to let me know how old Baxter is a getting along and what he is a doing. I have written a letter to Edwert Burt today and I want to write one to John Yalan so I will bring this letter to a close for a while till I see if don’t get one when the mail comes
Now the mail has come and I got your letter of the 4th and I was very glad to here from you. You don’t know how much good t does me to get a good long letter from you I have not had any letters from any of my folks for a long time but I am a looking for one every day.
In reguard to our officers I have not got any thing to say against Henry Crain only that he is a little to easy and he is afraid of hurting the other officers feelings but when I spok of our officers I ment our d__d old colonel and quarter master is the two that is a robbing the poor privates out of their rations and they are putting the money in their pockets.
Port Royal Feb 1st/63
I take this favorable opportunity to write a few lines to you to inform ou that I am well at present. Hoping these few lines may find you enjoying the same blessing.
I have not received any letter from you for about three weeks but I think it is on account of our mail being so unregular. We sailed from Moorhead City on the evening of the 29th and we had a very good time while at sea. We have just got in to port but I don’t know wether we will land or not. I think we will go to Savannah, Georgia from here and there we will have some fighting to do. It is only 30 miles from Charleston. We could here them fighting yesterday when we came by. The rebels attackted on blockade fleet but they was thrown back. We don’t hear any news any more. We have no chance to get any newspapers so we don’t know what is a going on but there will be some hard fighting done before many days. There is about sixty thousand of us on this expedition and if you hear of any fighting about Charleston or Savannah you may expect that the old 67th had a hand in it and I hope that every man will do his duty. There will probably be some of us killed but whose turn it will be is hard to say but for my part I feel as though I would come through safe but it is hard to say how it may be. My health is as good as it ever was at present. I weight 165 lbs at present and that is the heviest that I ever was and I think if I had good living I would soon weight two hundred. This climate agrees with me very well. I have not seen any snow but once this winter. Now is the time to do the fighting in the south before hot wether comes on and if we can’t do it now there will be no use for us to try to do anything
We have not got any pay yet and God only knows when we will get any, but I hope it will be before long. I have not time to write any more at present but I want you to write as often as you can. If I don’t get a chance to send this today I will write write some more and I will write every opportunity. I hope we will get our mail before long.
Co.B 67 Rgt OVI
Port Royal, South Carolina
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