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George Kryder Papers - MS 163: Transcripts
Camp near Louisville, Ky.
Dec. 1, 1864.
Dear Beloved Wife,
I take my pen in hand to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well and hearty and hope these few hasty lines may reach you all as well as it leaves me. I will now tell you that I received your welcome letter of the 21st this afternoon and was very glad to learn that you were well. I am glad that you got them rings. I hope you will keep that white one to remember me by for my love is as pure and as white and as endless as that ring.
You say you hope I can get a furlough, and I hope so but it is doubtful but as soon as there is a chance I will apply for one. The order came the other day to give two furloughs out of each Co. but I did not know it soon enough and there was two got ahead of me but I will be contented and live in hopes that I will come home to stay before long but will not make any more calculations for I have been disappointed too often but it does not seem as if the war could last six months longer.
I wish you would have told Esqr. Gilson not to give that scamp one cent. Short of what the judgement calls for we have given him too much already but let it go now. I guess you judged Mariette wrongfully. I hope so. I am sorry you are so lonesome but I should think our little girls keep you in good cheer. Oh do not weary. Try and keep cheerful for I should not like to see you frown. I know it is hard but we must try to endure hardships cheerfully.
We got our pay a week ago today and I sent you $140. I sent it by express to Norwalk. Charles Davis oldest son of Wm. a neighbor of father, (not the mean low lived Sam Davis) came to see some of the boys in the regiment and found me here. We had a good time this afternoon. He is detailed as watch in the hospital and I went over to see him and he has good times.
We have had very pleasant weather for three days but this evening it looks and feels like rain. We live first rate now. We draw fresh bread, some fish some bacon and some fresh beef, beans, potatoes and sauerkraut, and there was a fish peddler here this afternoon and one of the boys took a big white fish away from him.
The news this evening is that our men had a fight with the rebels and whipped them awful but we have not got the particulars but I expect to get them in tomorrow morning's paper. Maybe I will send it to you. I believe I have given you about all the news I can think of so I will close in hopes of hearing from you soon again. How does it come your letter was written the 2lst and was not mailed till the 29th? There must be neglect in the Postmaster. No more this time from your affectionate Husband,
To E. S. Kryder and all inquiring friends
I wrote a letter day before yesterday and wrote to Lillie
My love to all.
Camp near Louisville Ky.
Dec 6th 1864
Dear affectionate wife
I take my pen in hard once more to let you know that I am still in good health. I just now received your letter of the 2nd and was sorry that your side still keeps bothering, but hope this may reach you all well.
You want to know what to do with your money which I hardly know what to say, but would advise you to buy any more village property at present and it is most too late in the fall to have the house painted, but if there will be more money than you want to use this winter, it will draw seven per cent interest. They are U. S. bonds, and the $100 bond you can draw the interest on in gold every six months and if you have a good chance, you might get the house repaired.
You say I must not complain if you do not write often. I will not complain if you do not wait too long but if I do not hear from you for a long time it makes me more or less homesick. It always does me good to get a letter from you and you must not feel hard if you do not hear from me quite so often for awhile, as we we expect to get horses tomorrow and then I expect wewill have pretty busy times for a while for General Thomas wants more cavalry and we will go towards Nashville soon.
The Rebel army attacked our army at Franklin Tenn. and were repulsed with great slaughter but our men fell back to Nashville where there has been some skirmishing and the rebels are fortifying and another great battle is hourly expected. And if the rebels attack our men in their strong Forts they will be whipped worse than ever. General Sherman has reached the sea coast with his army and we may hear something good from him soon.
I think the cause for a speedy termination of this war was never looked at with better prospects. Our armies are meeting with success everywhere and if they will be defeated at Nashville then the Rebs will desert again by the thousands.
I expect to go to the city tomorrow and if I can I will have my likeness taken and I want to get me a few little necessaries. We have plenty to eat here now, and I enjoy it first rate.
Mahala Benham is here. She looks natural and if it was not for our little pets I would have had you come to see me but we must be contented and I think it will not be much longer till we can once more look upon a peaceful and united country.
I am very glad you got them rings as much for the children's sake as anything. I sold over six dollars worth and it helps me get a good many little notions. I got Henry to write some and I will send it with mine. I have been washing today two shirts two prs. Drawers, two prs. socks and two shirts and a pr. drawers for my partner.
I have that tumor breaking out on me again that I had last winter. It is not very bad but I must get something for it. When I go to the city I want to see about my other overcoat.
Well, I must bring my letter to a close in hopes of hearing from you soon again. From your loving affectionate husband
To Elisabeth and our loved little ones my love to all. Please write often direct as before. No more this time so good bye
Camp near Louisville Ky
Dec 8th 1864
Dear affectionate wife
I take my pen in hand to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well hoping these few lines may reach you the same. I received yours of the 5th yesterday and was sorry to learn that you are afflicted with rheumatism but hope it may be well before this.
It is very cold here yesterday and today and as we do not expect to stay here but a short time I sold my stove as I could not take it with me any farther. I got $4.00 for it. I was to the city day before yesterday and had my pictures taken. It was a very dark day and they did not take vary well but you can see how I look every day. Nearly all the Co. has had theirs taken and I have got some of them and will send them to you.
Yesterday they made a detail of twenty men and an officer of each Co. to go to the City to impress horses to mount our Brigade and they succeeded pretty well but did not get enough so they are at it again today. They take every horse that is serviceable no matter who they belong to. Now I have not much to write this time and when we go away from here I do not think that I can write as many letters as while I am here but hope you will be patient and I hope you will not be long till will meet in welcome affection not to be parted again by cruel war but that we may live in peace and pleasure the remainder of our days.
The rebel army is now laying before Nashville under General Hood and General Thomas will come down on them one of these days and make him rue the day he ever crossed the Tenn River.
About your getting cross--I will forgive you. You may get spunky once in a while but hope you will not let your anger run too far. Please try and be as mild as possible for I know when you get angry somebody must suffer and I fear it falls on the children too often. Try and use them as kind as possible. Then you can set an example for me when I get home. If I should ever be fortunate, so that I could take your place if need be.
You speak about your kraut. I wish I had some of it but we get some issued to us once in a while. Yesterday they gave us a few potatoes and onions.
I am in the captain's tent writing and it is very cold and dark. I just broke my gold pen case and now I am writing with a steel pen, the 1st for about six months. I did not tell you what my pictures cost. They cost $1.25 per doz. I had 16 taken and have given nearly all of them away. I must send Salome one.
With this I will close in hopes of hearing from you soon again. So no more from your affectionate husband
Elisabeth, Lillie and Mary Kryder Please write often
So Good bye.
Good Morning Dear Wife
After I wrote this yesterday it began to snow and it snowed all afternoon and late in the evening. This morning it is about 4 inches deep but the weather has moderated a great deal but it is pretty cold yet. I will send you two of my pictures and some of my companions. Take care of them if you please. This is all for this time so good bye.
Camp near Louisville Ky.
Dec. 13th 1864
Dear Beloved Wife
I take my pen in hand this blustery day to perform my duty in writing a few lines to you in answer to your welcome note of the 5th which came to hand last Sunday, but the weather was so cold that I could not write very well. I am well and hearty with the exception of a slight cold. I hope and pray that these few lines may reach you all in good health and spirits. I am sorry that you have pains in your hands. You said you would not have written to me If you thought that I did not wait to hear from you. I hope you will write often and write whether you hear from me or not for it may be that I can not write as often after we leave here but I will write as often as I can.
You say you would like to have me there sitting with you by your comfortable fire which I would like very much and I think I could interest you much better by talking than writing.
I believe I never told you that we have all new officers. All our old officers resigned and we have a pretty smart man for Capt. His name is Thomas Nunan, and our Lieuts. I have not got acquainted yet but they seem like fine men. Their names are Dodge & Simpkins.
You say it is lonesome and your windows rattle and ask do my windows rattle. No, but I hear the wind's roar and it makes my tent flutter and go flap, flap, flap and I often think of you. How I would like to be with you but I think the time is not far distant when the mad war cry shall be heard no more and we can again meet to enjoy the comforts and pleasures of mutual affection.
Your money must be in Norwalk before now. You can do with it just as you think best but the more of it you can keep the more interest you can draw. Esq. Gilson has no business to make any cost for us to pay for we had a judgement against Needham and all he had to do was to order an execution and the cost would all come on Needham. But it is not much, so let it go. But we have given them too much already. But let it go. The less we have to do with them the better we are off.
Yesterday they gave us our horses and we had mounted inspection in the evening and after supper my partner got at me to go with him to the Theater and he would pay my way so I went. It was one o'clock when we got back. Today I am on Camp guard. We do not know when we go away from hare but expect before long. The news is now that Gen. Sherman has reached the sea coast in safety.
My clothing bill for this year is now only $24.42 and I would not have to draw any more but my pants are very thin and I signed for a new pair which will make my bill about $30.00. I bought me a new portfolio for 75 [cents] and two buns envelopes and about two quires of paper and about $5.00 in money. I have plenty of good clothes. Well I have given you about all the particulars so I will close in hopes of hearing from you again. No more this time from your true and affectionate
To E. S. Kryder and all inquiring friends. Henry has just come from the city and gave me one of his pictures which I will send to you and also Sergeant Francis Riley
No more this time so good bye
Camp near Louisvills Ky in the mud
Dec 17th, 1864
Dear beloved wife,
I again take my pan in hand to let you know that I an still well and hearty and hope these few lines may reach you all in good health. I just now recd your kind note of the 12th and was happy to learn that you were all well. I will send you a Louisville Journal and if you read the Telegraphic Dispatches you will see that the rebels did not take the city of Nashville but General Thomas attacked and whipped the rebels and the last account was still driving them and the news from Gen. Sherman is good. I am on camp guard today and will have to go on post in a few minutes.
7 o'clock P.M. I have just come off guard and this is a very dark evening and I will try to write a little but if I was with you I could talk to you with more satisfaction. I think if I was with you I could keep some of your chicken pie from spoiling but I will wait with patience till the happy day may arrive.
You speak of having cold weather there. It has been very cold here but now for three days the weather has been rainy and the mud has been that we could hardly get about, but the frost is now out of the ground and the mud is drying up.
I would very much like to be at home on Christmas and New Years but do not expect me. I have sent you a memorial of my Company. The Captain got a lot of them (75) and nearly every man in the Co. has got one. It shows every man that ever belonged to the Company. It cost $1.00 and if I ever should get home, I would not take any money for it. It will be a nice ornament to look at when we get old.
I will now tell you that Henry has been promoted to Corporal. I have not much news to tell you but you should see the huckster woman here in camp peddling pies, apples, sausage etc. They are mostly poor German and Irish women and girls. With their basket they come trudging through the mud till their dresses are mud up to their knees and their shoes full of mud. This evening when we went to water our horses I saw four or five of these in a brook up to their knees washing their shoes and dresses and I just thought if you had to make a living in that way, I should want you to die. But thank fortune we have not come to that yet and hope we won't.
In Henry's letter you said you would look for our likeness which we have sent but it was a dark day and it (mine) does not look well. I was to the city yesterday and bought me two pr of knit socks. They cost 75 cents a pr. and I am running the toes and heels. I cannot do it as well as you but think it will be an improvement to them. Our Govt. socks are not worth anything. I can wear a pr out in two weeks. They charge us 32 cts for them. All other clothes are good for the price.
With this I will come to a close in hopes of hearing from you soon again. No more but am as ever your true and ever loving husband
To Elisabeth, Lillie and Mary
My love to all So good bye
The bugle is sounding Tattoo end I must go to bed for I must go on guard again at 11 o'clock and then again at 5 in the morning.
Camp near Louisville, Ky
Dec. 24th 1864
I take my pen in hand to write you a few line to let you know that I am well with the exception of a very bad cold which has been getting worse for the last two weeks. It has been so bad for three or four days that I could not speak out loud sometimes. But it is some better as I went to the Dr. and got some medicine for three days. Yesterday he excused me from duty and would today but I told that I could do duty.
We have very cold weather with a little snow but this is a fair day and most of it will go off today.
Day before yesterday we had orders to go on General Review yesterday at ten o'clock and to leave this morning but just as the boys were getting ready the order was countermanded and now we will have Review next Tuesday and we do not know when we will leave. I am cooking beans and pork and am sitting on a camp kettle by the fire. The news is still very cheering from all quarters and General Thomas has given old Hood such a cleaning out before Nashville that they do not need us as bad as they did and I think we will spend the winter in Kentucky cleaning out Guerrillas and Bushwhackers. Last Wednesday the 1st Batallion left here. The report is that they have gone to Gravel Hill in this state.
I recd your welcome letter of the 19th yesterday and was happy to learn that you were all well and in such fine spirits. Hope that these few lines may reach you all well. You say I look so old. You must bear in mind that I am growing old, as I will be 31 this spring if I live and most man do not take me to be more than 25. But I will admit that the picture does look old. You may send Mary one and you say that I looked downhearted and if I did, I did not feel so but it was vary dark cloudy day and that might make some difference and I am in good spirits for every thing looks so favorable now for peace. To know that you are getting along well is a great satisfaction to me.
We drew very good victuals here and I wish you had what we do not use. We do not use more than half our sugar and coffee and the rest we trade off for milk and sausages and sometimes sell it for the money.
It is good enough for Calvin Kryder that he was drafted. He might have volunteered before this but you must not tell them that or it would cause offense. I had a letter from Salome lest week.
Well, I have no news of importance so I will come to a close by wishing you a Merry Christmas and New Year which is close at hand. My beans are most done and I want some dinner. No more this time. Please write seen again and direct as before from your True and affectionate Husband
To Elisabeth Lillie and Mary So Good Bye
Since writing the above the news is that we leave tomorrow morning at 7 o'clock. So Good bye.
Camp near New Haven, Ky
Dec. 30th, 1864
I take my pen in hand to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well and hearty and hope these few lines may reach you all well. I just now received your most welcome letter of the 24th and read it with great pleasure but am sorry that you have such a bad cold.
I will now tell you that we left Louisville last Sunday and it has been quite rainy and now it is pretty cold and is snowing a little. We marched to Bardstown in two days and laid there 3 days and this morning we started and marched about 16 miles today. It is now night and I am sitting in my shelter tent and you must not expect a very big letter and I have not much news as we have not much news since we left. But one thing is Gen Sherman has taken the City of Savannah Ga with 800 prisoners, 30,000 bales cotton, 150 large cannons, 150 locomotives, 190 cars and three ships and a large quantity of arms and ammunition and supplies and Gen. Thomas has taken nearly all of Hood's Artillery and a great many prisoners and the news is good everywhere.
I wish I was near enough at home so that I could get our little girls some New Year's presents but they will have to be contended till I get home. That money I sent is in the express office and you will have to go or send for it. You had better go yourself then you can trade if you want to, and I hope you can get that local bounty. It would help you along pretty well.
Jan 1st 1865. I wish you a happy New Year Dear Wife. I did not have a chance to send this letter so I opened it to write a few lines more.
We have been marching these two days and it is very cold weather here with about 3 inches of snow on the ground. Yesterday we marched from N. Haven to Elisabeth Town about 20 miles. This morning we drew rations and marched down the rail road to Sonora Station about 15 miles and the report is that we will lay over here tomorrow but I do not know I have no news at all.
The boys are all in fine spirits. I am writing by candle and I have beans over cooking for breakfast. Perhaps you wonder how we sleep these cold [nights]. We have straw hay or corn blades to spread down, then our Rubber Blankets and then two blankets to lay on and four to cover up with and we sleep warm.
Yesterday there was a Dr. and a Captain of the 7th Pa. cavalry went out about a mile from Bardstown where they were acquainted to get their dinner and while they were in the House a squad of bushwhackers rode up to the house and the officers surrendered to them but the villains shot them dead and robbed them and went off. We are on our way to Nashville but we will not get there in a week. We are now three days march from Louisville.
Well with these few lines I will cone to a close in hopes of hearing from you soon again. Henry read your letter land he said it was too cold to write. No more this time. I am as ever your True and affectionate Husband
To Family, Please write soon and direct as before, so good night
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