1862: John A. Smith to Jacob Smith

How Pvt. John A. Smith might have looked

How Pvt. John A. Smith might have looked

This letter was written by Pvt. John A. Smith (1840-1863) of Company A, 67th Ohio Infantry. Company records indicate that John entered the service on 8 November 1861 for three years but went missing on 18 July 1863 in the assault on Fort Wagner, South Carolina. No further record has been found for him.

This regiment was organized in the state at large, from Oct., 1861, to Jan., 1862, to serve for three years, and left Columbus for the field, Jan. 19, 1862, going into western Virginia. It was the first to engage the enemy at Winchester on March 23, and lost in that action 15 killed and 32 wounded. At Harrison’s landing it campaigned with the Army of the Potomac till the evacuation of the Peninsula, when it went to Suffolk, Va., with only 300 men for duty out of the 850 which composed the regiment at the organization. Being then transferred to the Carolinas, for seven months it heroically endured all the hardships, privations, and dangers of the siege of Charleston, taking part in the attack on Fort Wagner and sustaining a heavy loss.

1862 Letter

1862 Letter

TRANSCRIPTION
Addressed to Mr. Jacob Smith, Morenci P.O., Lenawee County, Michigan

67th Regt. Ohio Volunteers
Suffolk, Virginia
October 28, 1862

Dear Brother,

I thought I would take my pen in hand to let you know that I am well and hope that these few lines will find you the same. We have been out on a scout the other day. We just came back last night. I had all the apples and chickens and apple brandy and cider and sweet potatoes we wanted to eat. I tell you, we had a good time. Some of the 13th Indiana got drunk and one hit one of the regiment on the head and killed him and one of the 62d Ohio shot one of their captains.

We took four rebels. They had all double barrel shotguns. The artillery went and shelled the rebel town but the rebels never fired once at us. Jeff Davis gave an order that all the slaveholders should force all their negroes in the service. If that is the case, they are pretty near played out.

Lewis Cass Hunt

Lewis Cass Hunt

I never had any better times than I had on that scout, I tell you. Didn’t get drunk but I felt good. We have lots of fun here. I’d rather be here than at home, but still I would like to see you all and then I would like to be here again.

I wrote to Elisabeth and Mary the other day and today I thought I would write to you. We have got a good house built and a good fire place. We live right at home here. Our Company is full again. We have 101 men in it and [Lewis Cass] Hunt from Toledo is our Captain. I would like to know if father and mother had gone to Detroit or not. Write me all the news you can and as often as you can. I have wrote you all I know of for this time, so good bye from your brother, — J. A. Smith

Direct to John A. Smith, Co. A, 67th Regt. O. V., USA, Luray, VA., Gen. Shields’ Division

[P.S.] If you know where Jeff Crane is, tell me.

Advertisements

About Griff

My passion is studying American history leading up to & including the Civil War. I particularly enjoy reading, transcribing & researching primary sources such as letters and diaries. View all posts by Griff

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

The Glorious Dead

Letters from the 23rd Illinois Infantry, the 111th Pennsylvania Infantry, the 64th New York Infantry, and the 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry

Cornelius Van Houten

1st New Jersey Light Artillery

Letters of Charley Howe

36th Massachusetts Volunteers

Sgt. Major Fayette Lacey

Co. B, 37th Illinois Volunteers

"These few lines"

the pocket memorandum of Alexander C. Taggart

The Civil War Letters of Will Dunn

Co. F, 62nd Pennsylvania Volunteers

Henry McGrath Cannon

Co. A, 124th New York Infantry & Co. B, 16th New York Cavalry

Civil War Letters of Frederick Warren Holmes

Co. H, 77th Illinois Volunteers

"Though distant lands between us be"

Civil War Letters of Monroe McCollister, Co. B, 6th OVC

"Tell her to keep good heart"

Civil War Letters of Nelson Statler, 211th PA

"May Heaven Protect You"

14th Connecticut drummer boy's war-time correspondence with his mother

Moreau Forrest

Lt. Commander in the US Navy during the Civil War

Diary of the 29th Massachusetts Infantry

Fighting with the Irish Brigade during the Peninsula Campaign

"Till this unholy rebellion is crushed"

Letters of Dory & Morty Longwood, 7th Indiana

"I Go With Good Courage"

The Civil War Letters of Henry Clay Long, 11th Maine Infantry

"This is a dreadful war"

The Civil War Letters of Jacob Bauer, 16th Connecticut, & his wife Emily

Spared & Shared 16

Saving History One Letter at a Time

Lloyd Willis Manning Letters

3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, Co. I

The Yankee Volunteer

A Virtual Archive of Civil War Likenesses collected by Dave Morin

William Henry Jordan

Co. K, 7th Rhode Island Infantry

No Cause to Blush

The Bancroft Collection of Civil War Letters

William A. Bartlett Civil War Letters

Company D, 37th Massachusetts Infantry

The John Hughes Collection

A Virtual Archive of his Letters, 1858-1869

The Civil War Letters of Rufus P. Staniels

Co. H, 13th New Hampshire Volunteers

This is Indeed A Singular War

The Civil War Letters of Henry Scott Murray, 8th New York Light Artillery

The Letters of James A. Durrett

Co. E, 18th Alabama Infantry

Spared & Shared 15

Saving History One Letter at a Time

The Civil War Letters of George Messer

Company F, 107th Illinois Volunteer Infantry

Jeff's Prayers are as Effective as Abe's

The Civil War Letters of George S. Youngs, 126th New York Vols

Soldiering is a Very Uncertain Game

The Civil War Letters of Lemuel Glidden, Co. K, 145th Indiana Infantry

Tough as a Pitch Pine Knot

Letters of John Whitcomb Piper, 4th Massachusetts Heavy Artillery

An Honorable Peace

The Civil War Letters of Frank B. Knause, 6th Michigan Infantry & Heavy Artillery

Looking for a Rebel to Give him a Pop

Letters to & from Sgt. John Henry Ward, 93rd PA Inf

Civil War Letters of William H. H. Kinsey

Co. H, 28th Illinois Infantry

Spared & Shared 14

Saving History One Letter at a Time

The 1863 Diary of Thomas Wilbur Manchester

A Rhode Island Soldier in the American Civil War

The Daniels/Stone Digital Archives

A Collection of Family Civil War Era Letters & Ephemera

%d bloggers like this: