Background

This letter is from James Lindsey's brother Solomon. This letter appears to have been written in haste (or by a tired person) as it degenerates into a scrawl in places. The regiment's veterans were coming back from furlough at this time, following a march to the relief of Knoxville (Tennesee).

Washington Hanmore survived the measles but not the war. He had enlisted as a private at the age of 21 in Company A, 73rd Infantry Regiment Ohio on 10 February 1864 and was killed during the Campaign of the Carolinas on 19 March 1865 in Bentonville, NC, just 4 months before the regiment was mustered out. He was buried at the Raleigh National Cemetery, Section 4 Site 74. His mother Catherine filed for his war pension benefits.

Josephus Cooper did survive the war. He was born about 1842 in Benton, Hocking County, Ohio. He was literally the next-door neighbors of the Lindsey family in the 1860 census. In 1870 he was back home in Ohio living with his parents and siblings, working as a farm laborer. In 1880 he's a farmer married to Maria (4 years his junior), with step-daughter Hadassia and step-son Rome Given the ages of the kids, I'd guess her first husband was killed in the war.

The Letter Contents

                            Lookout Valey
                            Tennasee

   March the 6, 1864

                            Dear friends

I am swell at preasant.  And hope you are
well and harty.  I received A letter from
home  We are in camp in the same plase we was
camped in when we started [from] home
We got hear on the 2 of March it was prety
cold but it has got very warm and prety.  We
have gone to work to bild quarters and have
them prety near don.
Our Corps is guarden the railroad from
Bridgesport to Chattanoga and the Officers
says we will get to stay hear all sumer but
there is no telling.  The 27 Ohio Regt is on
this road some whare as guards
We have pleanty to eat and have soft Bread
every day and eaven trout whitch eats prety
well the time goes prety fast and will I
supose as long as we have pleanty to eat
Washington Hanmore has taken the Measles and
has gon to the Hospital and Josephus Coaper
has bin prety purley but has got better
I shall not write for severl days to pap for
I have so many to write and this will do for
A few days
When you write tell me how my colt is and
tell me all the noos tell me every little
thing for it is noos to me Well I have got
tired of writing and most close write often
Direct to
      Company A
      73 Ohio Regt
      Nashville Tenn

      Solomon Lindsey