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George Kryder Papers - MS 163: Transcripts
Camp near Louisville Ky.
Nov. 12, 1864
Dear beloved Wife,
I now take my pen in hand to write to you to let you know that I am well and hearty and hope these few lines may reach you all well and in good spirits. I have not had a letter from you for two weeks yesterday and I answered it on Monday following.
I have not got my overcoat yet and the express agent told me to write back and have you go to the agent and have them hunt it up. You will have to show them the receipt, but do not give them the receipt or they would be clear. If they do not find it they will have to pay for it. Now I wish you would take my other coat and put it in a small box and send it to Louisville Ky, address George Kryder, Co.I, 3rd OVVC Louisville, Ky. and if you have the money please pay the freight on it and if you have a box that the coat will not quite fill you might put in a pound or two of butter and a couple lbs of dried fruit and I think it will come through. Do not put any cakes or anything of the kind in it, for it would be sure to mould.
I will now tell you that last Wednesday we pulled up at Nashville and went to the depot and about half past two we took the cars for the city and got here about two o'clock the next morning and we put our rations in a box and thought our Baggage would come right along with us but did not come till the next train and did not get here till yesterday afternoon so we had to buy things to eat. There are five of us mess together and only two of us had any money and I have only about 50 cts left but as long as I am well I can get along without money that is if we have enough to eat. At Nashville we were pretty short off for meat so four of us went out and killed a big fat hog which helped us along first rate. We sold ten lbs. of lard at 18 cts. per lb. And last night two of us went and got five heads of cabbage and about half bushel turnips and we are going to have some cooked for dinner.
When we left Nashville we had an awful storm the wind blew awful. There was a woman close by the river bridge when the squall struck her and if the engineer would not have been there to help her she would have blown into the river. Yesterday was a very nice day till in the evening it clouded over and looked like snow, but there were a few sprinkles of rain. This morning there is a cold wind blowing from the north and the air feels like snow, but I have a tent and we can warm ourselves good.
Henry Rogers of our town got discharged last week, his time being out and another one of our Co. got word that his father died and got a furlough to go home to see to his affairs and he is going to Fairfield and said he would go and see you. His name is John Wintringham. He goes by the name of slippery elm. We are looking for the balance of the regiment back here to be mounted and if our Captain was here I would try to get a furlough but I will not depend on one and then if I do not get one I will not be disappointed. But I will come if I can.
Send my coat as soon as you can for we may not stay here more than two weeks. Direct your letters as above. Please write soon. No more this time. I remain as ever your true and affectionate husband
To Mrs. Elisabeth S. Kryder and our dear little girls
we expect our pay here before we go away from here
Camp near Louisville Ky.
Nov. 22nd, 1864
Dear beloved wife
I take my pen in hand to writs a few lines to let you know that I am well and hearty and hope these few hose may reach you all well and in good spirits. I just now received a letter from you of the l8th which gave me much pleasure to learn that you were all well. We have pretty cold weather the ground froze and it is snowing a little. We have signed the pay rolls and did expect our pay today but will not get it till tomorrow and I will send you about $140.00. I expect to get $50. bounty and six months pay ($96.00) the whole $146.
The order of giving furloughs has been revoked and no more are given at present. I would very much liked to made you a visit but hope you will be contented a while and I think it will not be long till this cursed rebellion will be crushed. Then if it is the Lords will I can come to stay.
I am sorry to hear that your potatoes are rotting so, but you must try and get along the best you can. I am glad to learn that Mrs. Royce the poor innocent woman is set free from such a tyrant and copperhead but expect they are pretty well played out. I will go to the express office tomorrow and see if my coat has come. We are living pretty well here. We buy such things the government does not give us. I still make some rings and have sold three dollars worth to trust till pay day. We have not drawn our horses yet and have not much duty to do only a little camp guard.
Henry is here and I asked him to write a few lines and he said he would. I have not heard from you for nearly four weeks. There must be three or four letters lost someplace. With these few lines I will close in hopes of soon hearing from you again. From your devoted husband till death,
Write often and direct Co.I. 3rd OVVC
give my love to all.
Camp near Louisville, Ky
Nov 25th 1864
Dear beloved wife,
I take this present opportunity of writing a few lines to let you know that I am well and hearty and in good spirits and hope these few lines may reach you enjoy[ing]the same blessing. I rec'd your letter of the 18th in due time which gave me much pleasure to learn that you were all well and I answered it the same day.
I did not have much to write and have not much news now but will tell you that we got our pay yesterday and this morning I went to the city to express $140.00 to you. I sent it to Norwalk and I paid for it. It cost $1.00, and I inquired for the box you sent and they told me that it had not come so I went to the American express office and it was not there, so I went back and made the second inquiry and they told me it was there and I got it and came back to camp and you can not imagine the pleasure I had in opening it and found the things all right and I went to work got a good supper and whenI tasted that butter it made me think of home.
Henry is in another mess and I went and asked him to come and eat with me and he did. Those grapes are delicious, also the currants. I did not stew any of the apples but they will be first rate.
There are many of the boys pretty drunk this evening and making a good deal of noise and some of them said they expected to see me come back tight but I told them not as long as I had my right mind. Rather cut off my right arm than have my appetite run away with my senses. And the longer that I am in the army, the more I hate to see a drunken man. When a soldier is drunk he is unfit for anything, hardly for prison.
I have had but one letter in four weeks today and today yours did not state whether you got them newspapers with them rings that I sent you. I hope you have before this.
Our Captain has resigned and gone home and there are a good many more officers that resigned. The general impression is that the war cannot last six months longer and that is my belief, but I will not make any calculations any more for I have been disappointed too many times to put any dependence in good prospects but hope for the beet. The citizens of Louisville and vicinity got up Thanksgiving dinner for the soldiers in and around the city and some of the regiments that had officers to attend to it had plenty but we did not get any till nearly night. They brought some of the leavings of some regs and divided it around. The eatables were nice, what was of it, but there was hardly a taste.
We have had pretty cold weather for several days but yesterday and today it was very beautiful but since I have commenced writing it clouded over and it is beginning to rain. I have the most comfortable tent in our company. I have a stove, the only one in the Co. and they come to my tent to warm, and some of them have dropped some of their livestock (grey-back) and I caught some but I change my clothes regular. If I think I will have money enough perhaps I will have my likeness taken to send to you. I am getting very fleshy and never had better health with the exception of a slight cold.
Well I must come to a close in hopes of hearing from you soon. No more this time from your true and affectionate husband
To Elisabeth, Lillie, and Mary Kryder and all inquiring friends
Please write often. Write as soon as this comes to hand and direct
Co. I, 3rd OVVC Louisville, Ky.
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