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Dear wife

It is with pleasure that I again take my pen in hand to let you know that I received your letter of 25th this evening which gave me so much Joy and Satisfaction that I scarcely know what to do. That money you sent me was all right and pleased me very well. I had just written and closed a letter to you and when I went to the post office there was no one there, so I can send them both together.

I felt like a new man tonight on hearing from those whom I love. I was glad to hear that the neighbors were so good to you, but sorry to learn that William did not please you, but I hope he will do better as I want him to stay and be a good Boy and expect to come back and I want to make him a nice present of some kind. I hope he will not displease you and be a good boy. We'll [illegible] will make it all right. I am glad to learn that you have [illegible] by the neighbors.

I am glad that the children are well and happy. It pleases me that Lillie is learning to read. I hope she will be a good girl and everybody will like her. Can little Mary talk? Oh, how I would like to see them and you. The time is coming when we will be together again.

We signed our Payrolls tonight and we will get our pay one of these days. We have a nice fire in the center of our tent which makes it very comfortable and pleasant. I must close this letter in hopes of hearing from you soon. No more at present, but remain as ever your true and devoted Husband

George Kryder
To Elisabeth Kryder. Good Bye, write soon again.

April 4, 1863

[from John S. Kryder to Elisabeth Kryder]
Lavergne, Tenn.
April 4th, 1863

Dear Sister:

I have been on a brown Study whether to write or not, but at last I have concluded to take up the pen to inform you that for the last month I have not done any duty and am not able for duty yet and I am afraid I shall not or cannot do the government any more service as I am not well and do not think that the Surgeon can do me any good from the fact that I am too much exposed to the dampness of the ground and as long as a man is able to be on his feet he is not permitted to go to the Hospital where he could get medical treatment of some value. But so it goes and we have to abide by it but I hope this war will soon be over with so that every soldier can go home to his friends and families. And I think from late accounts Peace is declared or soon will be and if so the prospect is fair for the soldiers to get home where they have long wished to be.

I do not feel much like writing today so I will met give you a sketch of affairs. I will now inform you as near as I can what my disease is. Some two years ago I was taken with a spell of sore throat and the doctor said that I had bronchitis in my throat but it has not troubled me but very little till last Christmas I began to feel a tickling in my throat and at times I could not talk or read aloud but what I had to cough almost out of breath and on the 6th ult. in the morning I could talk as well as ever and before night I was speechless and I have not spoke a loud word ever since. And now if I whisper half a minute I have to cough till I am almost out of breath. I have a very severe pain on my breast and left side. I am also afflicted with rheumatism that it sometimes troubles me very much. And I could relate more afflictions if I felt a little better.

Your letter of the 22nd Feb. come to hand and gave me much pleasure to learn that you was such good pluck as to hold your own and overmatch me in answer to my last letter. Your view and arguments are good and did not insult me but in some future letter I will take up the argument again but all in good humor. George was here to see me. He stayed with me all night on last Monday night. He is well and looks as natural as ever.

With these few lines I will come to a close in hopes of soon hearing from you again. No more at present but remain your affectionate brother

Yours truly,

John S. Kryder

Elisabeth S. Kryder
N.B. Write soon and direct as before
P.S. If you want to write to my wife direct to
Mary Kryder
Goshen, Elkhart Co.

December 6, 1864

[From Henry Sweetland to Elisabeth Kryder]

Camp near Louisville, Ky
Dec. 6th, 1864

Sister Lib

I recd your welcome note and was happy to hear from you, but sorry to hear that you do not enjoy yourself. For "life" must be a burden without enjoyment. Yours found me enjoying myself hugely, for we have plenty of the "Sumptary" but we have to buy it and that is what makes "Victorals" taste good. We have had rations issued to us in abundance before, but without the Vegetables and Sausage, we could hardly enjoy them and there are also a good many boxes of provisions sent from home to their friends in the Army of Which fail in for a shure and that's pleasant too.

Well, I suppose you are as well informed of Army moves as I am. Consequently I have nothing to say except that we are not going to stay in this neighborhood very long. Our equipments are coming pretty fast and they need us down to the Front to help capture "Old Heavd"[?] and his "Army".

As I said before, I have strong hopes that peace will soon be restored and happiness minded by a return home. Yet our "battle Cry" is "Freedom" and our desires shall not heard over that of Duty Honor nor our "hearts of Flame" shall not drown our cool reflection of Liberty Happiness we used to feel under the guidance of The Constitution and the Union. The Union must be restored and Constitution respected, by our Enemies before we can whisper for "Home." Tis hard, I know

But nought but fair
That we should go
and This rended Earth repair
And without any vain boasts
on our part, We'll do it!


I hope I shall soon hear from you again and in better spirits! For
With Spirits drooped
And Heart Cast Down
You can never reach
A Queenly Crown

I cannot send my "Photo" this time, but will soon try and comply with your wish.

Your Brother Henry
With much respect to

December 2, 1865

North Fairfield, Ohio
Dec. 2nd, 1865

Mr. G. M. Barber

Dear Sir,

I read in the Cleveland Leader of this date your advertisement as claim agent, so I thought I would write to you to see what you could do in obtaining my Local Bounty. I enlisted on the 20th Nov. 1861 and served as Private until the 4th of January 1864 when I reenlisted in Co. I, 3rd Reg., O. Vet. Volunteer Cavalry and was discharged on the fourth day of August 1865. I am a citizen of Huron co., Ohio, and was credited to Hancock County and have not got the bounty yet. Please inform me what the chance will be of getting it.

George Kryder
Address North Fairfield
Huron Co., Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio

The Auditor of Hancock County will inform you if that County pays any Local Bounty under the State Law, but few of the Counties pay it. That may be one. Write to him, Direct to Auditor of Hancock County, Findlay, Ohio. If the commissioners have not levied a tax for that purpose, you cannot collect it.

Respectfully Your,
G. M. Barber
Claim Agent

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