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Rideout Family Papers - MMS 1448
Correspondence between Isaac Rideout and his son, Isaac G. Rideout who was serving with the 67th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company B.
Home Feby. 24, 1863
Having received yours of March third this last week, it being raining this morning I thought I would write you a few lines to let you know that we are wel except myself. My helth is tolerable good if it was not for the blamed ruhmatism. I should be able to do considerable work, but I have to hobel around with a stick & not be able to stoop down very wel it takes me a long time to do a little work. I expect Isaac Whitson is a going to stay with us again this summer. He has bin staying with us all winter and going to school. His mother wanted him to stay at home this next summer to help John pay for his land, but he said he would rather stay with us. I told Jane I would give him 50 dollars in the fall to help pay for it, so she consented to let him stay with us. He dusnot like staying at home very well.
They have bin having a greate meeting in Toledo this last week, I supose the largest that was ever held thare. It was in favour of pooting this War through. The speeches ware the Hon. Goerge G. Bates of Tennessee, Col. Hawkins, and J.M. Ashley. Mr. Bates speech is spoken very hiely of as his is from a slave state, but he is strong for the union. The boys went over, but I did not. I thought I should not be able to stand around all day. Tom says he will send you a paper giving the whole acount of it.
We had Mrs. Farsht hear with us last week. Her and the children are wel. You wanted to know if we have hay enough this winter. We have sold two tons. I expect to have som more to sell yet. We ahev som 8 or 10 tons let yet, but we are feeding out considerable. We have 21 head of cattel, 21 sheep, 2 horses & mothers colt. Our sheep are doing very wel this winter. Charels Burt was hear last week. He was looking at them and saying what a nice lot of sheep they was. I asked him what he thought they was worth. He said they was worth 7 dollers a head. I thought he was stretching it some. I supose he ment in New Yorke. He said he was around in Michigan a few weeks ago to buy up a drove to take East. He bought up a few ods & ends he got them together for to take them East, but before he got them out of Michigan he met a man that asked him what he wanted for his sheep. He told them 4 & half dollars. He told him he would take them. He let him have them and don verry wel by them, but he said if he had taken them to New York he could have gotten one hundred dollars more for them. Our lambs are begining to come in now. We have 3 sheep, one very dear.
You wanted to know how Fanney's hand was. It has never broke yet, nither do I think it ever will.
Your stears look very well and those seven calves we raised to years ago are looking very nice. I think now that Isaac Whitson is going to stay with us this summer. We shall farm the land ourselves. We sowed that five acers up in the 7 acers field to wheat again last fall and I sowed it to clover and timothy again this spring. I think we shall plow up the seven acers on the school lot again this spring and plant it to corn. I do not know if you have hird that Eli Elkington and George Adkins has joined the 21 Independent Battery Ohio volunteer Artillery commanded by James W. Patterson of Toledo. They are not at Camp Dennison, but soon expect to leave for the field.
Mother says if you get sick you must be sure and come home. Lovina says she will write to you in a few days.
I must now conclude with our united love to you, and believe me to be your affectionate Father,
Folley Island, S.C., Apr 20th/63
Dear Father and Mother,
As I have a little time I thought I would write you a few lines just to let you know that we are still on the land of the living. I say on the land of the living, but I don't think that ther was anything lived here untill we came here, for it is one of the most desert looking places I ever seen. We left Cole Island last Tuesday and came here. It is onley bout a mile from Coles Island. There is no Troops left on that Island. The troops has all gon back to Hiltonhead except our brigade and we are all on this Island. The rebs are very intimate with our boys. They come down on the beach and talk to one another and go in swimming and exchange papers. They say that if we don't fire on them they won't on us, ecept that we had a battle and then they said that they was a going to fight like the devel and they wanted us to do the same. The boys told them that soots our hold exactly. They said that they belonged to the 47th Mississippi Regt.
I suppose you herd that the attack on Charleston was countermanded. I don't know for what reason, but I herd that our Gens could not agree on wht point to attack so I suppose that they will give it up now for a while and consult the matter when the Regt come on to this Island. Our Co. was kept at the landing to do fatigue work and guard the comasary goods and so we have been here ever since. We have lots of work to do and thr is 22 men on guard all of the time, so it makes it rather hard for so few men to do so much work, as ther is to do here.
I don't know how long we will stay here, but I suppose as long as we are on the Island. The Comesary men say that we are the best lot of boys he ever seen to do his work and he was a going to keep us at it. I have not got a letter for a long time. The male came in today, but none for me. I should like to know if you got my money yet. Wel I don't know as I can write eny thing else this time. Give my respects to all and write soon. Pleas excuse bad writing for I have poor place from yours.
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