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Ira Conine Papers: Transcripts - MS 673
Rose Cottage, Ohio
August 7th, 1863
Well Ira how are you prospering this morning you are well I hope. I suppose you are guarding those poor low lived conscripts. I wish them poor D--- an all the rebels in the south--- that is 6 miles on the other side we have a few ________ in the corner. Such as old James Mullen, D. Greer, D.G. Whitmore, F Johnson, but what do they know. Well I think that I have talked enough about __________ I would rather talk about the Red. J. Brough, we the first thing is that I think that he is quite a smart looking man he is about as large as Eli Beach, he was to Findlay the 8th we was all up there Oh you had better think we had a grand time the people all said it was the largest crowd that ever assembled at Findlay. There was forty one wagons left McComb that morning, one wagon had 34 missions girls in it dressed with white skirts and blue waists and crimson belts and crimson rustlets. Oh they looked so nice and there was 160 ladies dressed in Union, a hose Back and each one had a fellow The most of them was from Shannon. I never saw anything that looked prettier than they did I was like the fellow that went to New York City and saw so many people, he said he din'nt know there was so many people in the world as there was in N.Y. City and that was the way with me when I go to Findley.
Well now I will tell you about what we are all doing, we are able to kick Pa is out filing up his haystack the wind Blew over. Ma started about 8 o'clock to go gather Huckle Berries twenty five miles below McComb. Han and Maria and myself are going to pull Peas and pick them over and sell them I think likely we will get rich by so doing make as much as they do in York State cultivating hops. The neighbors are all well Martha Vandorn burried her Babie last Sunday Gifford Conine and Any McCullough was up here last Sunday and about two dozen more and our folks were gone. Oh! We had a awful time. We spoke of our brave Soldier boys very often. John Stout is in the hospital poor boy he has applied for a discharge I don't know whether he has got it or not. The school in McComb commences Monday our folks have not told me yet wether I am going again or not. We are going to have singing every two weeks at the White School House. J. Conn is the teacher, Mr. Morris is teaching singing in McComb. Ira I received your likeness where you are setting with Miss Cummings I think she looks quite pretty but she is setting in a funny position. I think yours does not look near as good as the original. Jennie and Ma said they din'nt think you had a shirt on We are all going to have our Fotographs taken before long. I am not certain wether mine will stay on paste board or not. I also received that song Book and knife. Thank you very much for them I have learned several songs in the Book. I suppose you heard of all the wedding but one. Mr. Jacob Haddoe and Miss Manda Leiter was joined in the holy hands of wedlock, if Manda did wait until she was an old maid. She done pretty well, we had a nice new house all carpeted and furnished with nice things just to walk in say these are all mine who wouldn't want to marry him. Maby I would if I would have got the chance. Well I must quit and let Han write now Ira I think you might answer this letter. Excuse this poorly written letter for sometimes my pen would make a mark and sometimes it would'nt now write soon, from your sister
(Sarah Frances Conine)
Hurrah for Brough
Sept. 26 (1863)
Well Ira I am determined that I will do my share in writing to you. I received your letter to night you better think there was some glad hearts at the old Conine house. But oh! How sorry to hear to hear that you had the tooth ache once more. I know it is impossible for you to be at home this winter but if you will enjoy yourself better with the regiment than you do there. I wish they would send you back! Oscar is home he has a discharge. He has the heart desease [disease] the Doctor told him he was liable to drop dead at any moment. Oscar is not as full of fun as he use to be. He says he is very lonesome. We had quite a time here this evening. Some of the young folks came to spend the evening but Ira was not here to make them laugh. The company was the two Mr. Orens, and Mr. Robinson, and the two Miss Orens and Miss [Roby] and Miss [Fraul] two of my McComb schoolmates. The Miss [Fraul] is a sister to Julia Fraul. She is real pretty. We are going over to see Jennie to morrow. I wish you was here to go along. She received a letter from you tonight. Yes! Ira how I wish that you were guarding conscripts in Ohio so you could come home. Those [Mass] boys I bet they just more than enjoy thierselves. Han will write as soon as she has a little time. Ma has written to you last and has not received an answer. She wrote just one week before I did. I received that paper that you sent me it had some very good stories in it. I have not saw Jennie's yet perhaps I will get to read them. It is very dry here we have to haul water from Mrs. Humphrey's as usual. Dan Oren has put in 25 acres of wheat this fall. Our corn is pretty near all cut. We will have a poor potato crop this year. Ira our Fair is the 30th day of Sept and the first and second day of October. The old folks are going the first days and the rest of us the last. Pa is going to write to the central committee to express you some Brough tickets. Write and let us know whether you get them or not. Ira I know you forbid me letting Jennie see my letter but she come over here one evening and brought your last letter and gave it to us to read and then requested me to let her see mine. I hesitated a few moments and then I told her what your orders were and she said she wanted to see it very bad so I gave it to her. She let on to me as if she fealt very bad and asked me if I would not write and tell you that she had done nothing bad and had written regular. Old Mrs. Bysel told me that she come home and cried about it the next morning after she had read the letter. Then in about a week after old Mrs. Bysel said you wrote to Jennie and ask pardon for writing so to me and she said Jennie fealt very independent and she guessed Jennie wrote you a very saucy letter. This was some of old Mrs. Bysel's talk about it. But Jennie never said anything about it to me. And Jane is not half as independent as Mrs. Bysel pretends she is but Ira do not write anything back to Jennie what I have written to you. We have not heard from the 118 reg for a long time. We do not know wether they were in the fight or not. Ma says try and content yourself there as well as you can and do not give up to discouragement. Maby it will be your happy fate to return to your peaceful home of the month before spring. Ira never harbor the thought of deserting that place. Remember the disgrace on your friends and yourself. BE a good and faithful soldier and do your duty. God will protect a good Union Soldier. We are all well and also the neighbors. When you receive this answer immediately and I will do the same. Write soon if you don't write but a few words.
Your Sister, Sallie F. C.
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