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George Kryder Papers - MS 163: Transcripts
Jan. 27th 1864
Dear and Beloved Wife
I take my pen in hand to write a few lines to let you know that I am well with the exception of a cold and now I beg your pardon for not writing sooner and will tell you the reason I delayed answering your letter so long. The reason is this. When I received your letter I expected to answer it in person in about a week but now three weeks have passed and we are here yet.
About Christmas we got orders to go to Maysville, 16 miles from Woodville and from there to Huntsville and from there to Pulaski, Tenn. and here the regiment had a chance to reenlist and get a furlough and my Dear Wife I could not see the rest go home and I stay behind, so on the 4th I enlisted and on the 5th I rec'd. your letter which told me not to reenlist. But it was too late. My name was down and I think you will be glad of it when I come home and explain matters to you as I cannot take time to do it on paper, as you may look for me in about two weeks. We may come sooner and may not come so soon, I can not tell. We were mustered in this forenoon and the talk is that we will get our pay tomorrow and if true we will get away here soon but then we will have to stop at Columbus some time but if we get our pay here it will not be long so be of good cheer.
Henry has a bad cold. Well, I might as well say that every man in the regiment has got it and we have dry comfortable quarters in the Congregational Church but it does not agree with us to live in a house.
Every man in our Co. has enlisted in the veteran service. With this I will come to a close in hopes that these few line may find you all well and in good spirits. Pardon me Dear Wife for this short letter and I think it will be all right. No more this time. I remain as ever your true and affectionate
Husband George Kryder
Camp near Columbia, Tenn.
April 25th, 1864
Dear and beloved Wife:
I take my pen in hand to write to you that I am not very well but hope this letter may find you all well and in good health. I received your letter of the 19th just now and it makes me feel better to get a good big letter from you. I was on picket one night last week and took cold in my arm and it has been quite bad since that time. There is a large kernel swelled under my arm and I have been so stiff that I could scarcely move but am not sick. I have a good appetite all the time.
Now I am very glad that you have got the Deed for that Property, and now you can get that front fence made. Please ask Mr. Evans to let out the job and you can get such Improvements done that you think needy.
I am sorry that you have stirred up old Jonny Bull. Not that he can do you much harm but may make you considerable trouble. You should be careful what you say for if he can prove that you said that he took that money of Mets you had better give him the ten dollars than to go to law for it would cost you more than three times ten dollars to carry on a law suit and if he should get a judgement against you it would cost us more than ten times ten dollars.
You say I must excuse you if you do not write everything. You are excusable but you must not wait so long. Then you will not have quite so much to think of at a time. I was waiting a long time for this letter and thought that I would write to you again today if I did not get a letter but now I can answer it with the most heartfelt pleasure as you will see above that this is my birthday. I am thirty years old. I got a letter from Salome the day before yesterday and they were all well. She said she saw Dr. Messiam [Merriam?] and he had not sent you that deed yet.
You talk of sending Lillie to school now. If you think it the best you can do send her along but do not get discouraged for she is young yet and has a good many years to improve in. You hope this war will soon close and if it should not that I will not reenlist. You need not fear about that for I shall have seen enough of the war to stay at home. But now my Dear Wife try and take the world easy for you have a place of your own and paid for and money enough to live so what more can you ask for at this time.
I sent you some newspapers and you did not say whether you got them or not. On the 13th we started from Nashville to this place and it took us three days to march from there here about 45 miles, and we were awful lame till we got here as we had our baggage to carry and not being used to marching it sit awful hard on us. Col. Sidel is commanding at Provost Duty in town that is the 1st and 2nd battallion and ours 3rd Battalion is about two miles from town guarding a Rail Road bridge across Duck River. We have no horses yet. We come on duty every three days and that is not very hard duty.
Henry was on fatigue duty the other day and over done himself and is most sick but is not down sick. It is a pleurisy in his left side. I got my discharge all right. I sent to Columbus for my certificate to draw my local bounty and have it here and will send it to you to have someone collect it. You will see that I am credited to Hancock County. It may be some trouble to have it collected but it will come and it will be good when it does come, but I think think there is a mistake and I will not send it yet till I find out. I have not much more to write but will ask whether you got your money from Dr. McCammons and how much and did you ever find out about the pump that belongs in that well and who is going to keep your cow this summer and whether she is coming in this spring.
I most forgot to tell you that I got a note from the Postmaster at Nashville that there was a letter in that office for me and by sending the note and a stamp they would forward the letter and I did but the letter has not come yet. I cannot think from whom it may be but hope whoever it may be will pay their own postage.
Salome said she had a letter from Elisabeth Shelt and she said that Elisabeth's health was very poor and she thought I might have seen them and if it was not for her Copperhead husband I would write to the poor woman for if he would not get a hold of her letters I could write to her to do her some good.
Well I have given you about all the news so I will come to a close in hopes this will reach you all in good health. No more this time. I remain as ever your true and devoted husband,
Elisabeth S. Kryder, Lillie G. Kryder, Mary E. Kryder
Dear Sister Lib.
I rec'd your note with pleasure and endeavor to answer. I am not very well at present, as I am laboring under a pretty painful disease that is called the pleurisy. I suppose that George has given you the news, there being a scarcity of that precious article to letter writers and a very small part of what news there is would be interesting.
I am sorry that you expect a fuss with old Joe. You must leave the bad egg in the nest. Don't have anything to do with him. He wants me to get at him again I would put a ball through him of small recompense.
It looks to me as though we were going to have brisk times down here before long for it is busiest time I ever saw with the RR trains and they are shipping supplies through in all haste.
You need not look for us to move from here very soon as we have no horses or equipment except some carbines and sabres. We would like to be equipped and sent to the front so that we could get some news that is not worn out and exaggerated, until we don't know whether we are in Tennessee or Canada. But we are content or as much so as could be expected by men that are on half of half rations. They are giving us fits on the subject of Hardtack and sowbelly. We growl some and would growl more if we thought that it would do any good. You must not take from this that we are finding fault with "Uncle Samuel", but the little fry are pocketing it.
Well, Lib, I guess that I have run on at length about far enough and will close as I cannot think of any thing interesting. From your affectionate brother, and well wisher,
Direct to Camp near
Camp near Columbia, Tenn.
May 3rd, 1864
Dear and Beloved Wife
I take my pen in hand to let you know that I an not as well as I might be on account of my arm which has troubled me very much. Or not the arm as much as the kernel that swelled up under my arm as large as a hen's egg and remained that way till I went on guard and took cold and then swelled nearly as large as my fist and seems now as if it would gather and break but the Dr. is putting something on to scatter it and it has affected all my joints so that when I sit down a while I get so stiff that I can hardly move till I get limbered up and I have considerable headache all the time but do not feel sick and have a good appetite most all the time and pretty plenty of rations.
I will now tell you that last Sunday we moved camp about 4 miles and joined the balance of the Reg. We are about 1 1/2 miles from town and the report was yesterday that about 2000 Rebs were close here and attack us but all quiet today. Part of the Reg is gone after horses. They want to Nashville and so we will be mounted before long.
Henry was vaccinated from the same foul matter that I was and is in nearly the same condition, and there are about 100 in the Reg in the same fix and some much worse.
Yesterday a train of cars ran over a cow and killed her and went on all right. The next train that came along, one of the cars caught her and it threw off ten freight cars mashing them up. No one was killed but one of the brakemen was seriously injured. It was thought he would die.
I will now tell you that I just received your welcome letter of the 26th April with the greatest pleasure and it also grieves me to think that you are slaving yourself and what are you doing it for. If you keep on you can certainly not stand it long. You complain of having much pain in your side and shoulders which is from your hard work. I suppose your yard looks nice but what of a nice yard if you should ruin your health forever. I think you would get but little enjoyment from it. What do you think about it dear wife? Is it not so? I think I can hear you say yes, but then I know that you are ambitious but do not let your ambition run away with your strength. As for sending the children to School you must be the judge but it may be the best than you can. I cannot tell. You had not mentioned about renting part of the house but I think it pretty good for you. It will not be so lonesome for you.
I am glad the Girls go to sabbath school. I wish I could be where I could be somewhere where I could hear something besides swearing. You complain of such hard times that it gives you the blues, now what reason have you to get the blues as long as you have money and expecting more soon, as soon as I can get word from Columbus to find out where I was credited. I will send you an order for $100.00 local Bounty which you can draw and use it. You wrote in your other letter that you was going to Dr. Macks to get your money but did not say whether you got it or not. I expect we will get our pay before long. I am sorry that we were disappointed in getting that wood but if you need wood leave word at the store that you are out and someone will get you some.
You say that by the time you get such and such things done you will be nearly out of money. That is all right, there is more money coming and then you can think you have got a home of your own. I should very much like to see your nice yard but then I would much rather see you and see you well and hearty than to see very so nice a yard and think that you made yourself sick fixing it. Perhaps you think you can be a mason and carpenter and not hurt yourself but if you do you are mistaken. Do not think that I am writing pretty hard to you for I mean what I write and it is for your benefit that I write so to you for I love you most dearly and think it is my duty to do so.
I received a letter from A.S. Crosby. He was well and said he was very lonesome and he expected the independent militia would be called out. He said that Old Mr. Jones folks sold out and are going to Wood County.
Well I have written about all that can think of this time, so I must close in hopes that this may reach you all well and in good spirits. I expect we will have pretty lively times in the Virginia Army before long.
No more this time. I am as ever your true and affectionate Husband
E. S. Kryder, Lillie S. Kryder M.E. Kryder
Write soon and direct to Columbia, Tenn.
May 4th. This is a beautiful morning and I feel considerable better than I did yesterday and I had forgot to tell you that I would like to have you to have your and the children's Photograph taken and send it to me. That if there is a Gallery there and your money holds out please have them all in one picture. If I get a chance I will have mine taken and send it to you. The woods are green and how I would like to be with you to sit in its cool shade but I must stop or my letter will not go out this morning
So good bye Dear Lillie
P.S. I forgot to ask what you done with your cow and who keeps her.
Camp near Columbia Tenn.
May 11th 1864
Dear and Beloved Wife
I take my pen in hand to let you know that I em reasonable well and hope this letter may reach you all reasonable well and in good spirits. I rec'd. your letter of the 4th today and was very glad to hear from you that you are well but sorry to hear that Mary had such a cold and hope it may be well before this time. I have had a very bad time with my arm since I wrote to you but it is nearly well. I think I wrote to you how it was swelled up under my arm and the doctor put tincture of iodine on till the skin all came off and he still kept putting it on till the skin is coming off again and he succeeded in driving it away, so that it will not break and I can use my arm again and will be able for duty. I have done only two days duty since we came back last week.
We drew some horses but I did not want any till I could take care of one, so yesterday we got some more and I got a very nice bay mare and this morning we moved camp about three miles. Yesterday it rained a little in the morning and yesterday evening we had the hardest thunderstorm I have seen in the south and most all forenoon. We had very pleasant weather about a week. It is cloudy and cool today.
I am glad that Lillie gets along so well going to school and that she has such a good teacher. I am sorry you have such backward spring but there will be a time to sow and a time to reap according to the old promise. The spring must be a good deal earlier in Illinois than in Ohio or Uncles folk could not plant so early. I should think you would be afraid you would lose your cow letting her run out. I believe if I were in your place I would sell her the first chance I could get for she will be a great deal of trouble to you if you keep her.
I suppose [you?] have heard of the Virginia Army being on the move whipping the Rebs as they go and I hope before you get this you will get the news that Richmond is fallen but that may be a little too soon. If we get it by the 4th of July I will be well satisfied.
You say that you cannot take the world easy. Then I would say take it as easy as you can. I received a letter from Ezra today and he was well. He was at Grand-Ecore Louisiana and they were in a battle and were defeated, losing all their Artillery and their wagon and ambulance and several prisoners were taken. He told me to direct 1st Ind. Battery, New Orleans, Louisiana.
I made a ring for one of the little girls and I intend to send it when I get another one made. Then you can give them as it will best suit. I had another one made and broke it just as it was done.
We have no saddles yet but expect them soon. We expect our pay one of these days. Have you heard nothing from that judgement at Esq. Gilsons. It must be he got my letter but may be he done nothing about it. Word just came in that Gen. Grant said he would be in Richmond in three days but I am afraid it is only camp talk.
I believe I have given you all the news that I can think of at present so I will come to a close in hopes of hearing from you soon. No more this time. I remain your true and affectionate Husband
Elisabeth S. Kryder
[Continued by Henry Sweetland]
Your kind note was read with pleasure, and I was glad to hear that you was well. There is plenty of news, but I suppose you will have read it George's and so there will be no use of my repeating it. I am well and sincerely hope this may find you enjoying that great blessing HEALTH.
We enjoy ourselves first rate and manage to gormandize a many "Hardtach" as "uncle Sam's" limited means will allow him to donate, and as much "sowbelly as is agreeable. I hope we will get relieved from this monotonous business of guarding the railroads in the rear and get sent to the front where we can see something. Well, Lib, I won't write any more this time.
Henry W. Sweetland
Camp near Columbia, Tenn.
May 21st 1864
Dear Beloved Wife
I take my pen in hand to inform you that I am reasonable well at present and hope these few lines may reach you all well. I received your letter of the l4th today with great pleasure and was glad to hear from you but sorry that you all had such a bad cold and such cold rainy weather. We have very warm nice weather here and rain enough for vegetation to grow.
Now I will tell you that this forenoon we were out on brigade inspection and it was very warm and tomorrow morning we are ordered to march to Ringgold, Ga. and it will be a very hard march and I am on a study whether I shall undertake to go with them or stav hare in Co. N or the convalescent Co for I do not believe that I can stand to march so far, for if I should get wet I would be laid up.
I think you got that drain [?] fixed real cheap. Do not complain if you do have to pay dear for things, for I know we can make a living if anybody can and you need not kill yourself working neither. I am glad you made up your mind not to work so hard anymore. I hope you can get your cow home and get good pasture for her and rather than to bother much I would sell her. You say your apple trees are full of buds but think there will not be any apples but I think there will for it is getting too late for frosts.
I am glad that you got my overcoat. You say Ella Sweetland is there and sometimes boarding off of you. If she wants to stay there you must have her work when she is there for it will not hurt you to be idle part of the time washing days in particular.
Do not trouble about my vaccination for I think I can get medicine to take it out of my blood.
You want an explanation about my local bounty. Each veteran gets $100.00 local bounty for enlisting from the county through which he is credited to, and I am credited to Hancock County through a mistake, I suppose, but they must pay it for I save that county one man from the draft.
I have just been to the Dr. and had my arm examined and he thought that I could stand it to march, that my arm would soon heal up, but it does not look like healing, but I will go as far as I can. May be it will get well quicker by marching. I have one consolation and that is I have a good and easy riding mare which will be quite an object. I believe I have not told you that I have quit smoking the pipe. I have not smoked a pipe since we left Nashville and only two cigars and them I had given to me. I would have had my likeness taken but I am so poor that I thought you would not know it as I lost l8 lbs. since we left Nashville. That makes me look tolerable poor. We draw our pay and I sent you $80.00 and the Certificate for my local bounty. I will be glad to have your and the children's pictures.
Well, I believe I have given you all that I can think of so I will close in hope of hearing from you soon. No more from your affectionate Husband
To E. S. Kryder and all inquiring friends Good Bye
Please write soon and direct as before.
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