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George Kryder Papers - MS 163: Transcripts
March 1st 1862
It is with pleasure that I take this present opportunity to drop you a few lines in hate to let you know that I am well except a cold which settled in my bones to give me slight rheumatism. Yesterday it was pretty bad but today it is better.
We got our pay on the 26th and I expressed it to you $15.00 which leaves me three dollars. If you can hire it out do so but take good security. I got $17.76 and it cost me fifty cents to send that. I wrote to you that I got that dollar which you sent me. I am out today on a pass and have been over the river to Louisville and now I am writing in Jeffersonville in a store. It has been very pleasant here for some time warm like April but today it is snowing like midwinter. Further I will tell you that we have marching orders to leave for Bowling Green Kentucky and are to leave tomorrow morning. It is about 80 miles and we are to march by land and they say it will take us about four days which will be a wearisome task if it should storm as it does today, but we hope for the best. Now dear Elisabeth keep up courage and do not despair for my sake as I am seeing many things which I never saw before and you said too that I should not take to that poisonous drink to drown my sorrow. Do not be alarmed, dear wife. That would be the last thing that I would do. I have not drank anything since I have been here but one glass beer and another man paid for that. It is now 12 o'clock and I must go back to camp at l o'clock and I have not much to write but if I could only see you I could tell you a great many things which would interest you.
No more at present but remain as ever your true and devoted Husband
Elisabeth S. Kryder Goodbye
Write soon and direct to Louisville Kentucky
Co. I, 3rd O.V.C.
Bowling Green, Kentucky
It is with pleasure that I take this present opportunity of informing you where I am and how I am doing. I am at present not very well. I am still troubled with a cold on my lungs and the long time we have been on the road to this place has fatigued me so that my spirits are quite depressed. I wrote to you two weeks ago tomorrow stating that we had marching orders for this place. We had very bad weather and pretty hard time and since we got here (which was yesterday evening) We got orders to march out to Nashville where they say our letters have been sent so that I did not get your letters in answer to mine, two of which I wrote at Camp Wright. I drew my pay and sent you $15.00 by express. I do not feel like writing but I feel it my duty to write to you when I can. I expect to get two letters from you when we get to Nashville, which will be about Monday or Tuesday. I will tell you I have seen some of the nicest places I ever saw before we got to the mountains where it was the awfullest road you can imagine.
Last Wednesday evening we camped within half a mile of the great Mammoth cave, and we went to see it. They charged the soldiers $1.00 apiece to show the cave. They furnished a guide and candles to show one through, but we thought it too much and furnished our own candles and went through on our own troop.
It was the nicest thing I ever saw. We went into large chambers like great halls all arched over with solid rock. We went in about three miles which is not more than one third of the way. It is now raining and it appears as if it was going to rain all night.
I felt very uneasy for about a week on account of a dream I had. I dreamed that I saw you in distress and weeping with your arms around my neck. Now I never believed much in dreams and I want you to let me know whether you are in trouble about yourself or whether you are to be you know what I mean what you wrote me before. Let me know to what Needham is doing about that judgment. If he has not paid it, send him Robinson word to crowd it right through. I thought all along that I would be home by April or May but I don't know now when, but I hope soon as the rebels have evacuated Manasses Junction. They evacuated this place about four weeks ago and it appears that they are losing on every side. Today I have been on their fortifications. They fortified thirteen hills and went away without firing a gun. I am now in town about a mile from camp and I must close as it is getting late. I have much more to write but have not time so dear wife good bye.
I hope I may soon hear from you again direct Nashville Tenn. Co. I 3rd O.V.C.
When I get your letter I will write to you immediately if I could only see you but I can't. No more, but remain your true and devoted husband
To Elisabeth Kryder
When I see little girls along the road I think they are mine but they are not. Let me know how the children are doing.
No more. Good bye Lillie
April 19th 1862
It is with pleasure that I again take up my pen to inform you that I am reasonable well again as I am nearly over my rheumatism which was pretty severe and last night I had the tooth ache or jaw-ache but is better this morning. I wrote to you last Sunday and told you that Henry was in the Hospital but he is now here again and is better. Our Company with 8 other companies are out on a scout. Albert was with them till last night. He came back sick at the time I wrote to you before, Royal Syox was sick with Typhoid Fever but died last Thursday and was buried yesterday [in] a rough soldiers coffin. There is a great deal of sickness in the army.
I received your letter of the 2nd yesterday which gave me the greatest pleasure that you could imagine. I did not feel sick at all. It relieved my depressed spirits entirely. You said that you could hardly sleep on account of my hardship but I would say do not trouble yourself on my account for I think I can stand it a little while. You said that you would send me money if I needed any but you need not send me any but if you could send me stamps they would come good as I have only two more. If you can, send me about ten, for they are scarcer than money. I could sell them at 5 cts apiece. I have 75cts yet which I think will last me until we get paid if it will not be too long.
You need not work so hard as to wear yourself out for I expect to get back and see you again. You wrote about father being there. I should liked to have seen him very well and more than that I would liked to have went west with him to look for land. The homestead bill has passed giving every citizen 160 acres of land and I think that I could find a good farm in some of the western states. You said that he had a woman in view which is well enough if she is one of the right stripe but it is hard telling. You said that you wanted me to send you something but I know not what to send as I have nothing that would be suitable to send in a letter. I have had many trophies in the shape of curious stones, also grape shot canister shot and musket balls which I picked up on the battlefield at Mumfordsville but would have been too bulky to send in a letter but if I should have the good luck to get back I will try to bring some curios with me. And you spoke about sending my likeness to you which I would like to do but it would be most impossible. I cannot see that I look any different from what I used to so by looking at the one you have you will see old George every time but I would like to have your likeness most delightful well but it relieves me very much to get a letter from you, so I hope you will write to me often for I have not the opportunity to write as you have.
April 20th 1862.
I will now tell you that after I left writing I had a good shake of the ague which lasted about an hour. Then I took a high fever which lasted about the same length of time. Then I got up and went to the hospital and got some medicine which makes me feel better but I am quite weak and nervous. I am just able to attend to my horse and that is about all, though if I do not get another shake I think I will soon be well again. My appetite is getting pretty good again, which is a pretty good sign.
It began to rain Thursday evening with heavy thundering and it has rained almost ever since and rains now with a fine mist and is thick cloudy. We had very fine weather for nearly a week before the rain but I think this rain is a fine thing because it washes the filth off the top of the ground which brings disease on in this warm climate. They talk of moving us across the Tenn. River but how true it is I do not know because we hear of so many reports, many false, but think we will go somewhere because there are five hundred more carbines come for this regiment so we might perhaps have to use them, but I am doubtful.
You say that you want me to be sure to get a furlough and come home, which I will try to do if I can but I hope same as you do that this war will end and I can come home to stay. You say you would rather have my likeness than a thousand sets of jewelry which you would be welcome to, either if it was in my power to send them. But Daguerrean wagons and fine art galleries are not as plenty here in this God forsaken country as they are in that good Ohio. You wanted to know whether I could remember how you and the children looked. Yes I can. I think I can see you stand in the door as I used and across the fence on that old plank and Lillie come running to meet me, and that lovely little Mary looking around the door frame so smiling and cunning. Dear Elisabeth I feel pretty well this evening although I am weak, I have not much more to write as I am tired, but I do not think that I will have the ague again. You said that I should let you know all about my troubles. I do as far as I can think. The woods here are green and the boxwood have been in blossom for two weeks and the woods looks beautiful. I will now close in hopes of hearing from you soon from your true and devoted husband
Write soon and direct to Savannah Tenn. I think it will not be long till I can embrace you, my loved ones, one thing I most forgot I want you to see Robinson if possible, and tell him to push that judgement of Needhams as hard as the law will permit. It is about 4 o'clock Sunday evening, Easter Sunday, at that but narry eggs do we have to feast on that old remembered Easter Sunday, but the time may come again when things will be as they were once before. I must not go to jesting but I feel jolly this evening and if I could see you we would have a good time.
Dear Elisabeth, Lillie and Mary
from your true love G.K.
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