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Dwight R. Yates Correspondence - MMS 1805

Dwight R. Yates, of Wood County served in the Spanish-American War.  These letters recount his experiences, including service in Cuba.

Dwight R. Yates - 1898 Correspondence

September 16, 1898

[Letterhead]
Army and Navy Christian Commission of the International Committee
Young Men's Christian Association

[to Mrs. Annie C. Harley, 302 McDougle, St Fostoria Ohio]

In Camp Poland
Sep 16th 1898

Dear Aunt Annie - receive your card a week ago but took sick the next day after I got it and have not been able to get over to the Y.M.C.A. till today I suppose you have been anxious to hear, my stomach was in a bad shape I was sick in my head I had been eating so much trash was what was the matter with me but I got my box of grub now I can go to eating bread I am all right now feel very good to day there is lots of sickness in Camp well I suppose you are all settled in your new home by this time how do you like it in Fostoria by this time did you buy property or rent which direction from main St., is it, is there any preety girls live close if there is you dont want to forget me I will be down to see you if I ever get home again but it dont look very favorble regiments pulling out all around us singing home sweet home what do you think of it anyhow do you think we will be home soon would like to go to school in town awfull well pa will move the town now I suppose I am going to have pa get me a discharge if he can but I will wait a month from yesterday and by that time we can tell what we are going to do I dident come out to lay around and do garrison duty in some Forgein country I came out to fight and that is all I dont think you will ever catch this chicken a joining a volunteer army again if I ever join again it will be the regulars then you know just what is coming but I guess it would take several months of studing before I join them well I was up to Knoxville a week ago it is a nice City had a very good dinner, I suppose you have seen Dubell he-left here a week ago on that hospital train John Poorman is in the division hospital they took him over there last Monday well I will close for this time hoping this will find you all well and comfortable situated I will look foor a long good letter in 4 days

Your Nephew
Dwight

October 11, 1898

[Letterhead]
OHIO YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION TENT....

[to Mrs. Annie C. Harley, West Millgrove, Ohio]

Camp Poland
Oct 11th 189[8]

Dear Aunt,

You will have to excuse me for my delay they have been moving the Y.M.C.A. to a different location and I had no writing material of my own so had to wait till they got things so we could write in it, I am as well as usual am getting plenty of exercise now they have gave back to the old routing of drills 4 a day, it is very hot weather through the day the nights are very comfortable for sleeping with our blankets over us, I and Steve from M.G. was out in the country 5 miles Sunday we had a dandy dinner at a farm house mashed potatoes in milk hot biscuts and butter, my but I did enjoy the biscuts the boys from M.G. are all well John Poorman is almost well he is home on a 30 day furlough now, well I am looking for a discharge now any day will be up to see you when I get back home once more, I was to church in the evening a mile out in the country we had a good sermon I got a letter from Jim a week ago Roxy is going to school to him now, I have not saw Will Kiger for 3 weeks he is transfered to division Hospital he is still there the last I heard I dont know whether he wants to go to Cuba or not I dont suppose he cares he is getting such good wages for what little he does the doctors has lots better fare than us, that can of preserves was rasberry instead of elderberry it is all gone now right after pay day I went up twice a week but have not been up for 2 weeks we have not received our September pay yet I dont know what is the matter with Uncle Sam he never let it run this long before will get it the last of the week I guess, I would like to go to school in Fostoria this winter but I suppose Pa cant afford it but dont think I will go in the country, we have lost 2 men from our Company that has died well I will close for this time

Good bye
Dwight

November 15, 1898

[Letterhead]
Young Men's Christian Association of the
SIXTH OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY

[to Mrs. Annie C. Harley, West Millgrove, Ohio]

Camp Poland
Nov 15th 1898
Tuesday Evening

Dear Aunt Annie -received you most welcome letter today did begin to think you was forgetting a little but where I read you letter I change my mind, to day was pay day with the Sixth it is coming 2 days later ever month Uncle Sammy is getting slower all the time well Aunt I wont be able to send $10 home this pay day on account of having to buy under clothes I dident draw none from the Government on account of not getting half a fit then I dident like the style so I took $2 and went up town and bought me a couple suits you see we are allowed $58 for the first 6 months and $59.85 for the next 6 so I am just saving that much when we are mustered out we will get the money that we haint drawn went up town as soon as I got my pay and took a good bath got a shave a hair cut and put on clean clothes so I feel like I used to on a Sunday morning after getting out of the bath tub I am as well as ever only a cold which nearly all of the boys has I am comfortable only a little cold sleeping we have no stove in our tent but we expect to have one when we get to Atlanta we are expecting to move the last of the week but we cant tell our brigade the Fourth Tenn.... [end of letter]

December 20, 1898

[Letterhead]
Young Men's Christian Association of the
SIXTH OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY

[to Mrs. Annie C. Harley, 302 McDougle, St Fostoria Ohio, Ohio]

Camp Poland
Dec 20th 1898

Dear Aunt -Was so glad to hear from you once more, this is the first have wrote with a pen for 2 weeks and it goes acward, it has been so cold in the Y.M.C.A., till to day, the weather is just like Spring today I suppose it is warm up north about this time it most generally is, well only 5 days till Xmas and away down here I am this Camp is getting old to us we have been here 3 months and 2 weeks, I think we will move soon either to Cuba or home I have been having fine health till Sunday night I caught a terrible cold, I and some more of the boys was up town to Church, we was at the Methodist for League and the 2nd Baptist for preaching we had a fine sermon and the singing was fine, I hear that the Fostoria people are getting up money for to get us a Xmas dinner that will be a fine, affair I would like to be home but I guess I wont, there will be lots of money now and lost so many of the boys bet that we would be home for Xmas I am getting along fine financialy I have enough to last me till Pay Day, I will send $15 then, and 10 on January that will make $50. I just signed up my clothing alowance the other day I have $12.72 left out of my first six months which runs out the 28th of this month. I just got back from the shooting range a half hour ago, we shot 300 yds this time and 200 twice before I made 13 out of 25 the first time 16 the next and 13 to day which was just as good as the best, 21 is the highest that has been made, our Company goes on guard tomorrow hope it will be nice weather, I was vacinated down at Chickamaga but it dident take, I will get a half dozen of mine and Lees pictures together we had them taken a month ago, I will sent you one it you want, it I will get them soon he says I suppose you got one of those I had taken down at Chickamaga that is a poor one I weigh 150 lbs on the dot soon will be up with old Tony Hill, well I will close I have quit smoking it dont aggre with me I wish you a happy Chiristmas and good luck good Bye

Your Nephew
Dwight R. Yates

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