you can will give that square [lof?]
ring to my mother

Camp on Swancreek eight miles above
Athens Ala. Aug the 3rd 1862
Dear and beloved wife it gives me pleasure
to bee able to pen afiew thoughts to
you and to inform you that iam well
at this time irote you last Sonday
and Sent you three dollars in the
letter britton [1] Just got here this
morning i hav not Said mutch to him
yet [?] he tells the boys that he
was detailed to Stay at lewisville
ihavnever told the boys anny thing
aboutit for ididnot want his wife
to here it iwill send you two
rings in this letter and Sis one
these little presants you must
take and prise them for the
givers Sake tell Sis that iwill
Send hur another one and one to
Eugene and one to atta the boys
are all well and in good spirets
[page 2]
breuster [2] has got his commition as
capten [3] of the company and cheny
as first lieutenant and John
Berry is second and that is all the
promotions that is made yet but
their is more to bee made yet
the boys all likes breuster
firstrate he is good to them
Since he is capten ithink that
we will Stay here Some time
yet we got orders this morning
to buind [4] larger fortifications
and fix up winter quarters
and that dont look mutch like
leaving here verry Soon well
that Soots me firstrate if the
rest will do the fighting we
will gard the bridges and
glad to get the chance we are
living rather poor at this time
we are on half rations and i
think that it is Scarce anuff
[page 3]
at full rations it seeams
hard after beeing at home and
having plenty to eat itell you
it went hard with me to leave
home and all that is dear to
me in this world to me but we
must hope and prey for the
best keep in good spirets
for you and the children is
all that makes life agreable
to me you must right to me
as often as you can and iwill
do the Same and tell me how
your wood holds out [?]
irote John aletter last week
iwill right allen afiew lines
and Send in this letter iwent
out this morning and got Some
ripe peaches iwish i could
Send you Some of them i know
you would like them we
hav killed two sheep the
[page 4]
other day and it went pretty good
we will knot Starve if they do
put us down on half rations
you must excuse my Short
letter you know that i cant
right a long one and isuppose
you will get tired areading my
poor Scribbeling but it is
agrate sattisfaction to me that
i can read and right atall
we made clabboardsand covered
our Shanty Since i came back
their was Someof the fourteenth
boys Staid with us the other knight
they live at antwerp one was
al tanner bill tanners
boy no more at presant but remain
as ever your affectionate husband
till deth L.B. Wort To
S.G. Wort
direct to athens ala

  1. Sgt. Finley Britton of Co. E
  2. Capt. Lewis E. Brewster of Co. E
  3. Lt. Samuel F. Cheney of Co. E
  4. buind = build?
August 3, 1862


Co. E, 21st Ohio Inf.
Residence (County): 
Defiance County, OH


Residence (County): 
Defiance County, OH


From State: 
From Municipality: 


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Transcription/Proofing Info

Jamie Young
Transcription Date: 
April, 2009
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
August, 2009

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