|Object Name||Letter, Original|
|Date||July 12, 1861|
|Scope & Content||
Letter: original letter. Written by Sam to "Dear Brother", from Home on July 12st, 1861
Home July 12th, 1861
Your letter dated July 7th was rec'd yesterday, and I can assure you it afforded us much pleasure to hear of your welfare and happiness. Ben, Lizzie, Lee, and myself visited the City yesterday, or I would have answered you immediately on the reception of it.
As I prophasied it becomes my painful duty to inform you of the death of Abe Swtyengorph- intimate with Mo Spaugh family - he died on the Tuesday just one week from Lizzie Civents death. Poor Abe it is supposed he committed suicide by taking poison, being disappointed in love, having formed quite an attachment for Miss Packer.
This is a "sure thing" when one dies another follows quickly for "misfortune never comes singly"
I had a little experience of camp life on last Monday(?) eve'g in the company with Frank Moufah, Ed Bartell, Boule, Hank & Ed went to the Miami on a fishing Excursion and I never spent a night so miserable in all my life. Imagine six of us in one carraige, raining (?) dously in all positions in a ginalbe agony. Excruciating and you will have a faint idea how we spent the night. If that is camp life - deliver me from it.
I saw our old friend Ian Marre in the City yesterday. Ian looks unusually well and in in fine spirits. I visited Covington but did not see any of "our boys". They are using every endeavor in the City to obtain recruits with rather poor success I think. I tell you there is a great re-action here in Ohio - Men begin now be expenses their enternments and many denounce this as an "unrighteous
war". Billy Dennison will never return a Columbus as the chief Executive of Ohio after his term expires.
Ian is stil anxious to enlist in "Com. B" 20th Reg. and wrote you another letter recently - Did you receive it?
Gus Van Dyke is now on the "Sacred Soil" of Old Virginia, he is a member of the 120th Indiana Regiment. Col. Rineball he is orderly Sergent of his Company I believe. I though at first from what I heard there Gus held a very prominent position in the Reg. Such as Ard-de-Camp to some of the "Dignitaries".
What prospect have you suppose you should enlist for three years? Father thinks the best thing for you is to try and obtain the position of clerk in some of the Departments Washington. I roher(?) that there are a great many
places vacant now. Perhaps Col. Morten (?) would use their influence - and Geo. Pendleton will most assuredly. This I think would be preferable to remaining with the army.
You speak in your letter of being able to grant passes for the B & O.R.R. I would be pleased to make you a flying visit if possible and it would not be too expensive.
We have Married none of those new (?) you speak of - Woodhull purchased (?). I rec;d a letter from Day yesterday and on (?) -
They are both well and prospering finely.
Cousin Sarah Clarke made us a visit yesterday - enroute for Franklin Town and all the Unu(?) Boys prospering. It would afraid (?) pleasure I can assure you just to step into Camp and see them. Write to us frequently- And if there is anything you want upon us. Me and all well - and send love