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George Kryder Papers - MS 163: Transcripts
Oct. 1st, l864
Dear Beloved Wife
I am seated with pen in hand to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well and hope this letter may reach you the same. I will now tell you that I rec'd. your letter of the 2nd ult. this morning and was very glad to hear that you were well and answered it the same day.
Well, I will tell you that a week ago the Rebel Gen. Forest made a raid on this Rail Road and burned the Sulphur Creek trestle about three quarters of a mile long then came to Elk River Bridge at Prospect and burned that and Gen. Rousseau met them at Pulaski and gave them a good thrashing and they did not like to come any farther, so they changed their course to the east and it was feared they would attack the Nashville and Chattanooga R.R. about Tulahoma or Wartrace but nothing has been heard of them for two days but Gen. Rousseau is on the watch for them.
I have been on picket four days and one off. I just came off this morning after being on two days. Since the R.R. is cut the mail does not come through very regular, but letters come through after a while. In my next to the last letter I wrote to have you send my overcoat. If you have not sent it, please send it as soon as you can for I need it these cool nights on picket. It rained nearly all night but we kept ourselves dry with some blankets. There is considerable excitement for fear the Rebs will make an attack on this place but I have no fear that they will come. If you have not sent my coat direct George Kryder, Franklin, Tenn. in care of Lieutenant Brewster.
A week ago today I got a letter from Salome. They were all well. I have not answered it yet. I am sorry to hear that there are so many Copperheads but hope they their eyes open and not oppose the laws for we are surely doing all that could be expected in putting down the rebellion. Our men had good success in Virginia. They captured between three and four thousand prisoners and 15 pieces artillery and Gen. Sheridan has completely demoralized Early's Rebel army.
I am sorry to hear that the potatoes are rotting. I hope you will have enough for your own use. I think when you was offered $30.00 for the cow you had better took it but if you have not sold her you may use your own pleasure about selling her. If you think you could get feed for her you might do well to keep her. I had no idea that she paid so well. I wish I was there to get some of those nice beets you speak of and if I was there I could help you take care of some of your chickens. I suppose there is a hard lot of boys there but boys are boys wherever they be. You need not send me any paper for I bought a quire at Columbia and I have l4 stamps but not many envelopes. They are 4tcts a bunch. I am glad that Lillie is such a good girl and does you so much good. I hope you do not have to whip her any more. I have made some more rings and some nice little shells that I intend to send as soon as I can get a box to put them in. The old men of our Reg. that did not reenlist have come from the front and are at Columbia waiting to be mustered out of service.
With this I will come to a close in hopes of hearing from you soon from your affectionate Husband
To E. S., L. G. and M. E. Kryder please write soon and direct as above. Good Bye my Dears.
Oct 6th 
Good morning my
Dear ones at home,
I will tell you that I have not felt as well for several days as I would have wished to but I feel better this morning. The reason that I did not send this sooner was our forces expected an attack on this place so the mail did not go out and I have been on picket two days since. Night before last it began to rain and rained all night and all day yesterday and the Harpeth River is very high this morning, but is falling.
We now have news of Forrest's whereabouts, but if he is not across the Tenn. River yet he will have some difficulty in getting across as there are no bridges and it will be too high to ford and we have a large force after him and he will have to work sharp if our men will not ruin his whole army. Day before yesterday the new veterans of our regiment started for home but I did not see any of them as they passed through. That is of my Co. Charley Saunders was the only one from Centerville.
I forgot to tell you to send my coat also a pair of gloves. Our cook got on a drunk yesterday and says he is going to stop cooking. If he does we will break up our mess into small squads. Last Sunday afternoon our boys had some fun. One of our soldiers of the 1st Tenn. Cav. was caught in the weeds with a Negro wench and they took her and striped her and tied their arms together and drove them around through the camp cheering like wild men. This is about all that I can think of so goodbye.
Please let me know when you send my coat that I will know when to look for it.
Oct 8th 1864
Dear Beloved Wife
I take my pen in hand to let you know that I am well and hearty and hope this scrip may reach you all the same. I rec'd. your letter yesterday of the 25th and the 28th and was very glad to learn that you were all well. I just sent my other letter day before yesterday and gave you about all the particulars.
I was detailed for picket day before yesterday evening and was not relieved till this morning and I expect to be detail again tomorrow I will be glad when my overcoat comes. I hope the man will bring it all the way for it is only 18 miles from here to Nashville. This morning we had a little frost for the first and today there is a cold north wind blowing and if it stops blowing we will have a hard frost tonight. I have a stove in my tent and a fire feels quite acceptable. Two of the boys in my mess went out today and just came in with a fresh hog. We will have a good supper. We think some going out after some potatoes tonight. Just now the train whistles and is coming from Nashville. I must go to the office to see if my coat has come for I need it on guard though we had a fire all last night.
You wanted to know whether I got that letter about A. Crosby's death. I did not. This is the first I hear of it and I am very sorry for his poor old parents. They are giving some furloughs now and if I was with the Reg. I would try to get one. Perhaps a month from now there will be another chance.
With these few lines I will close in hopes of hearing from you soon from your affectionate
To Elisabeth and all inquiring friends
Oct 17th 1864
Dear Beloved Wife
I take my pen in hand to write that I am well and hearty and hope these few lines may reach you all well. I never had better health than at present.
I have not much news to write this time as I have not had a letter from you since a week ago last Saturday and I answered the same time and I have been looking for my overcoat for about a week but have not got it yet as it is two weeks today you said that man was going to start with it. We have very nice weather, but it is cold nights and we are on picket two days and one off, but we have nothing else to do so it does not seem so hard.
Old Forrest has gone back across the Tennessee River without much loss and he damaged the Rail Road considerable. He burned one trestle work three quarters of a mile long and three small bridges between here and Columbia and one larger bridge on the other side of Pulaski the cars run from Nashville to Columbia and a little ways beyond.
It is clouding up and looks like rain. Last Wednesday afternoon I went out about two miles and gathered about half bushel hickory nuts, the large kind and when I sit down to crack them I think of you and the little girls and wish I could crack them for you. I wrote a letter today to that little boy in Muskingum County and I will send you his letter which I wish you to take good care of. I carried it in my pocket till I soiled it.
I am afraid I will lose my overcoat. I am looking for it every day and also for a letter. I think you must have misdirected them for I did not get all you wrote.
With these few lines I will close in hopes of soon hearing from you again. This is from your true and loving Husband
Oct 21st 1864
Dear Beloved Wife
I take my pen in hand to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well and hearty as my health was never better and I hope this sheet may soon reach you all in the enjoyment of good health and buoyant spirits as it leaves me.
We have just received glorious news from Virginia. Genl. Sheridan has defeated the Rebs taking forty three pieces of artillery and many prisoners and news of the election is cheering as we have strong union majorities in every state we have heard from and my hopes are strong that we will elect Lincoln and Johnson with an overwhelming majority and that will dishearten the rebels more than half dozen defeats in battle for they expect big favors from the McClellan Party, should he be elected, but if not they will it is my opinion cry for peace and seek for mercy in Father Abraham's bosom and the war close before spring. But I may be disappointed but I hope not.
I will tell you that some of our detachment were curious to know how the men would vote for president, so they held an election. Out of 118 votes 112 were for Lincoln and 6 for McClellan and that seems to be about an average through the army.
Well I will tell you that I received your letter of the 13th yesterday evening and was very glad to learn that you were all well but am sorry that you do not get my letters more regular, as I write in an average once a week. But I had not heard from you in about two weeks. You say you will send me some stamps, which you need not do yet as I have got twelve yet. I have not got my coat yet but look for it every day. I have got 55 cts yet and I do not need much as long as I am well. I have some leather of old saddles I can sell and get the money for it for I expect you will need all you have and more. I am glad you have made arrangements to keep your cow. I do not expect to be paid off for some time. They are making out pay rolls now but my descriptive list is not here so I will not draw any pay. There is $156.00 due the first of next month.
It will be lonesome for you when the old lady goes away. Perhaps you can get somebody else to live in the house with you. I am on picket again. I was on two days and off two days and tomorrow morning I will be relieved again. I was on here last Monday and wrote you a letter and now I am writing sitting on my blanket by a smoky fire. It is pretty cold today the wind is blowing from the north but it is clear and dry. You mentioned about the nice moonlight evenings. We had nice nights here and when I would sit out alone and look at the bright moon I could not help but think of you, the pleasure I would have in sitting chatting with you. You thought I had forgotten you. Do not let such thoughts enter your mind for you are constantly on my mind and you want me to keep out of danger as much as I can, which I will do as much as possible and do my duty when I think I will do but I will not risk my life foolishly. I have made some nice rings for you and the little girls which I am going to send home as soon as I can get a box to put them in.
With that I will come to a close in hopes of hearing from you soon again. No more this time, from your true and affectionate Husband
Direct as before Franklin, Tenn. in care of Lieut Brewster
To Elisabeth, Lillie and Mary Kryder, My Love to all
Camp near Nashville, Tenn.
Oct. 3lst, 1864
Dearly beloved Mate
I take my pen in hand to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well and hearty and hope this letter will reach you all well and in good spirits. I rec'd your most welcome letter of the 15th last Friday and was much pleased that you were all well, but did not have an opportunity of answering it sooner as we had all picked up to move to this place but did not get here till Saturday evening late and we laid in the depot till yesterday morning and then we marched out here to this camp and were busy all day fixing up.
I will now tell you that we had an awful fight before we left Franklin and it all resulted from drunkenness. The Detachment of the 1st and 4th Ohio came at the same time or got ready to come and a lot of each Reg. got drunk and got to fighting and one of the 1st men got one of the 3rd men down by the name of Dolan, and Wm. Scannel another 3rd Ohio man said he would fight for Dolan, but some of us who were sober tried to persuade him to keep quiet but he drew his sabre and went in and hurt three of them when another 1st Ohio man drew his sabre and gave Scannel a bad cut over the forehead and I run in to get him out and did get him away and then the drunken rascals pitched on me and struck me on the nose and made it bleed pretty freely and it is quite sore now and two others got hurt worse than I did. But if they ever get into another fight they may have it all to themselves and if they get killed it will be their own affair.
I have not got my overcoat yet. I am going to the express office today to have it ordered to stop here and if I will not get it soon I will have you send me the other one and send me the receipt and I will try and get paid for it but think it will come yet.
I saw Billy Spencer last Saturday morning. He just came from home. He said he was in Fairfield but did not know you lived there or he would have stopped and seen you. I sent you two papers last week and sent you ten rings and some shells for the girls. That white ring I want you to keep for yourself in token of my love which is as endless as that ring and as unfaded as its color. And if it does not fit you can keep it to look at and pick out two or three others and the balance you may give to the girls to suit yourself and divide the shells also. But they must not quarrel or be dissatisfied and think the other has the nicest. I have sold three rings for 50 cts. apiece but have to wait till pay day but I have two dollars and 60 cts now. I sold some leather of old saddles for two dollars cash and I picked up an ax in an old camp and sold it for $l.25 and a piece of old iron I got 50 cts. cash for so I can keep myself in spending money. I must get me a new file to make more rings. If the boys had money I could sell them as fast as I could make them.
I have a good winter vest I picked up and got a new back put in with one of my old shirts and had buttons put on. It is grey satinett bound with worsted tape. I would not take three dollars for it. I paid for putting the back in with coffee. I drew a blanket, 1 shirt two pr. drawers, two pr. socks last week. My clothing bill will not exceed $25.00 this year, so I will draw $18.00 or $20.00 for clothing.
I am very glad you have such good luck with potatoes, but if I should come home I think I would relieve you of some of them and if there is any chance for a furlough I will try and get one.
There are about 20 of our Co. came from the front and are here to be mounted. Some say we will go to Louisville Ky and from there to Missouri. They have had hard fighting since I left the Co. Henry was well when the other boys left the Co. You need not send me my paper till I tell you to. I forget to tell you I got a letter from Columbia last week which told about Albert Crosby's death and got the envelope with stamps. We have had the nicest weather here this fall. I ever saw.
I believe I have given you about all the news so I will come to a close in hopes of hearing from you soon. No more this time but am as ever your true and affectionate Husband
To E. S. Kryder and all inquiring friends
Please write soon and direct Nashville, Tenn.
in care of Lieut. Brewster.
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