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George Kryder Papers - MS 163: Transcripts
Sept. 2, 1862
It is with pleasure as well as a duty that I write to you to let you know that I am well and hearty and hope these few lines find you all well and in good spirits. It has teen a long time since I heard from you and I have been uneasy ever since I got your last letter of the 21 July stating that you had the ague and a pain in your side, which troubled me a great deal. I think I should have had letter but the Railroad was tore up beyond Nashville and the mail does not come through but have to go by the way of Corinth and that takes a long time for letters to come through.
We have had a pretty narrow escape from bushwhackers, a week ago last Sunday we left Woodville for someplace near Rosville we did not know where, but we had to cross the mountain and it was late afternoon when we got up the mount and our team could not get up with all its load and so they threw our tents off and then next morning four men and a team of mules [...?] and we got our things and went on after the regiment and about 4 o'clock the tire came off one wheel and the wheel broke down so we had to leave our things about 8 miles behind and the next morning we started back the second time and went back about 6 miles and saw two men mounted with guns and we took after them as hard as our horses could run for half a mile and we ran up to a Company of rebels of about 130 and they fired at us but fortunately none of us got hit. But Joseph Stevens' horse was wounded in the rump and the rest of the boys turned tack and I staid long enough to see that Joe was not hurt. Then I turned back and Joe followed about 20 rods and his horse jumped a log and threw him off and he told me to catch his horse but he ran by me and followed the team and the next day evening he overtook us almost fatigued.
The talk is that we are going to Nashville and from there to Kentucky, but when we will go I do not know but there is a large force coming to this place and I would not be surprised if there would be a battle fought here before long. I wrote you a letter and sent it with Rev. Mr. Warner with 15 dollars of money and when we will get our pay again I do not know but I think before long for the Captain is making out our payroll. I have 5 dollars yet, and we have got our Cavalry hats and they are much better than the caps. At Woodville the peaches were about gone when we left and they are hardly ripe yet here, and if we go to Kentucky we will have peaches a good while yet. There are lots of melons here and last Sunday we went out to guard a forage train and we had all we could eat. There are lots of sweet potatoes planted of which we will have plenty by and by. Ed never got back about two [..?] ago also Lieut. Center with five new recruits. Our boys are well and in good spirits. I wrote to you for some stamps and I suppose you have sent them but the mall has not brought it yet. I have not much more to write this time, but if I could see you I could entertain you all night and all day with news. No more at present, but remain your true and affectionate Husband,
do not forget to write direct to Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Oct. 5th, 1862
It is with the greatest pleasure that I take this opportunity of writing to you to let you know that I am yet alive and well and have been for a long time, and let you know that I received three letters from you but before I could answer two of them, the mails were cut off by the rebels so that I thought it useless to write. I rec'd. one at Murfreesboro, Tenn. and I answered that one right off and then I did not get anymore till the day before yesterday I was to Louisville and there we got some of the mail but it contained nothing for me. But I saw John Hawn there and he gave me a letter from you with your picture and you could not imagine what pleasure and enjoyment it gave me. I was so animated I hardly knew what to do with myself and I cannot express my thanks to you on paper for it and I would have sent you mine but I did not have time to have it taken. It was the third day that I was carrying dispatches and I had to go back to the Regiment which was 2O miles and I did not get the letter till nearly sundown and then we had to go back and it was 12 o'clock till we got back. And yesterday we came to this place a distance of 16 miles and 22 miles from Louisville. We have had a pretty hard time for the last month. We were on a march or on a scout all the time since we left Woodville, Ala., the 1st of Sept., but we are nearly all fat and hearty, although we lived on half rations most of the time, but now we get full rations again. Henry Libe came back again. I saw him at Louisville the other day. There are a lot of them there with the teams and he is there yet.
I have to stop and read another letter from you I have just rec'd the one you wrote since you came back from Greenfield. I got the letter with 6 stamps and I got the one that had the thread and Henry got a letter from George yesterday and one from Angelia and one from each of them today and George is well and Henry is well and is now writing to Deal [?]. The teams are just coming into camp with hard crackers and the boys began to cheer and yell that one can hardly hear their own words. They all feel quite merry. I am sorry to think that you trouble yourself so much about me. Only live in hopes for I will come as soon as there is an opportunity. We expect our pay soon, and then if there is any chance, I will come, but it is not certain. But I do not think that we will get in any large battle because we are most always kept for guarding trains. Our regiment and the 4th O.V.C. and the 5th Kentucky guarded a train 20 miles long from Bowling Green to Louisville and Gen. Bragg had his cannon ready for us but we went a different road and slipped by him without injury and got through all safe. And now the report is that our men have him surrounded so that he cannot get away and our men are doing fine work in Virginia. I must close for it is getting dark. I would like to send my likeness if I had a chance to have it taken but you will be contented with the one you have, I hope, for it is impossible to have it taken at present.
I have a great deal more to write but have not time, and when I do not write, you must not feel uneasy for I write every chance that I can. We have plenty of persimmons down here, which is the best fruit that I ever tasted. So no more at present, but write soon as you get this and direct to Louisville, Kentucky. I remain as ever, your true and devoted
To E. S. K. and all inquiring friends
so Good Bye
Camp near Danville
Oct. 22, 1862
I take my pen in hand to write a few lines to let you know that I am well and hope these few lines may find you all to enjoy good health. I have hot heard from you for some time and I thought I would write to you again. I received two letters from you, one mailed Sept 26 and the other was handed to me by John Hawn and you cannot imagine the pleasure it gave me to find that beautiful likeness of yours, and I would have sent mine if I could [have] had it taken but I had no opportunity. But if you look at my old one you can see just how I look for I weigh 176 lbs, so you may think that I am pretty healthy. I had a letter from father the same time that I got your likeness and he was well and he said that he had looked at a piece of land for us. He said it laid four miles from Napoleon and was to cost $500.00 five hundred dollars but did not say how many acres there was, but he said our money should pay for it and if I would not like the land he would pay us the money back again. And I wrote to him to buy it and it would make you a home till I could be with you again and he wrote that he was going to Indiana in a week or two and I think he is going to get married but he did not say anything about it, and I would not have you say anything about [it] to the folks there for there may be nothing of it and then he might get offended. If he writes to you let him know how much money you can raise to pay on that land for, I do not know how much you have standing out on interest and then he can tell whether we can pay for it or not. I think we will get our pay before long and they say that they will pay for six months and if they do, you may look for 75 dollars for I will not keep over 3 dollars of that, but if there is any prospect of my getting a furlough I would not send it all so that I could come home.
I must now tell you what bad luck our boys had. Last Thursday the 3rd Battalion that is Co. I and K, C and G went out on a three day scout and General Morgan fell in on them with about 5,000 men and captured our whole force, which consisted of 8 companies of our Reg., in all not over 500 men. Our boys fought desperate but were overpowered by numbers and had to surender and were set free on parole. The reason I was not with the boys was that I had no horse to ride as my horse took sick the day be fore they went and I turned him loose and he went away that I could not find him and have not seen him since. Andthey say that Quartermaster Souers is coming from Louisville with 500 new horses for this Regiment. Col. Gahm says that he will do his best to get this Regiment to some good place to recruit up and if that will be so, I think that I will get a furlough and come home but it is hard for me to promise anything, for they do not give any furloughs at present but if we go into winter quarters I think we will get a chance to come home.
The other letter that I wrote to you I wrote at Shepherdsville and from there we went to Shelbyville and from there to Frankfort the Capital of the state and the 4th Ohio and 5th Kentucky Cav. were ahead of us; and the 4th Ohio met the rebels and had quite a skirmish and the rebels retreated and when we were there about a week we were ordered to report to General Dumont, that is Co. I of the 4th and our Co. There we got orders to start for Verselles a nice little town 13 miles from Frankfort. We started about 7 in the evening and when we got out about 7 miles, we run on the enemy's pickets and they fired three shots at us and hit one horse in the leg below the knee. They fired some eight shots but done no damage. We dismounted and followed them about a mile and then laid over for the night. The next morning we started and went to town and there the rebel flag floated on the court house, and we saw a rebel running on a horse and we took after him and run him about a mile, and there we met six more and they fired at us but did not hit any of us and we followed them a piece further and there seen about 300 and then we turned back and took down the rebel flag and then returned back to Frankfort and were there a week and came back to this place and tomorrow we are going to Lebanon. This is the nicest country that I ever seen.
I think I have given you all the particulars that I can think of at present so I must come to a close in hopes of hearing from you soon. Write soon and direct to Louisville Ky. Tell Lillie that Pa would like to se his two little girls and see how much they have grown. You must be a good girl Lillie for I think I will come home before long. No more at present but remain your true and affectionate Husband
To E. S. Kryder and all inquiring
Camp near Lebanon, Ky.
Oct. 27th, 1862
I again take my pen in hand to inform you that I am yet in the land of the living and in the best of health and hope these lines may find you all in good health. I rec'd your letter of the 14th yesterday and was much pleased to learn that you were all well, but sorry to learn that you trouble yourself so much about me because you do not hear from me oftener.
You say that you have written four letters that I have not said anything about. I wrote to you that I got one with 6 stamps and also the one with needle and thread and also the one with your likeness which gave more pleasure and enlivened me more than I can describe on paper. I would have sent you mine if I would have had time to had it taken when I was in Louisville but the time was too short and I have not had a chance since. I wrote a letter to you last week but expected one from you every day so that I could write some more but no letter came, and I sent it yesterday morning and yesterday evening I got yours. I wrote to you about the boys getting captured at Winchester. They went on a scout. 4 Cos. of our Reg. and 8 Cos. of the 4th Ohio, in all 240 men and the notorious Rebel John Morgan fell upon them with 3,400 men and six pieces of artillery and fought desperate, killing 17 of the rebels and wounded about 30. Our loss was four killed and 8 wounded. Only one of our Company was wounded and we have heard since that our boys are at Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio and I suppose some of them will come home.
Last Saturday it rained nearly all day. In the evening it commenced to snow and snowed all night and yesterday morning there was about [?] inches of snow, but nearly all went away during the day. And today the weather is very fine and pleasant. I am sorry that I was not there to help you move for I know that you must have had a very hard time there alone, but keep up good spirits and live in hopes for a better time coming, and do not trouble about me for I am well and hardy. My weight a week ago was 176 lbs. and I do not want to be any fatter than I am now. It is very lonesome here since the boys have been gone, but I hope that they will soon be exchanged so that they can come back again. I have seen Robert Tipbathy [?]. He is in the 111 Ohio Vol. Infantry and he told me that John Shelt had enlisted and I saw Sam Nesbith. He is in the 49th Ohio and I saw Wils Hamilton. He is in the 101 Ohio. If Bail Wheeler comes back, tell him to get me a pair of buckskin gloves that will fit him. I think we will get some money by that time. I turned a good pair over with other clothes but the news is that them are all spoiled so we will get new ones for them, but how true it is I do not know. If you can get a trade for that lot in Attica you may trade it for whatever you can get. Perhaps you could trade it for store goods to Rinninger or cabinet ware. Then we would have some use for it. As it is, it is of very little use. I believe that I have given you about all the particulars that I can think, and so I must come to a close in hopes of soon hearing from you again. No more at present but remain as ever your true and affectionate
to Elisabeth S. Kryder and all inquiring
Good bye write soon and direct Lebanon Kentucky
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