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Letter signed H.J. Bevel to Sister [Eliza Jane Haregrave], January 19, 1863

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Identifier: D04622

Title: Letter signed H.J. Bevel to Sister [Eliza Jane Haregrave], January 19, 1863


Writes of tensions between Union and Confederate sympathizers in Missouri. Mentions three slaves that were taken from "rebel sympathizers" and now cook for the camp.

Transcription: Monday Evening

Jan 19th / 63

My dear Sister..

For the first time Since I have been in the Army, I have Seated My Self, to drop you A few lines, whitch will inform you of the condition of My health [etc]. I hope you will be benefited by these lines, not only your self, but your entire family, for they are an address to your Husband, as well as your self; And I hope they will find you all in the Enjoyment of good health. It is a great pleasure to me to hear of My distant Relations Enjoying good health. It is now near twelve Months since I have seen any of you, and during a large portion of that time, I did not hear from you, and at that time I was Afraid that when I did hear from home, that I would hear worse News than I have, but it is true, you have all Seen Mutch trouble and Sorrow, Since I left, but Sister We Need not to Expect to see any thing Else, in this world, I have seen trouble my self, but while I had to Endure that, I held a high head, and placed My Entire confidence in A higher power, whom I know does all things well, that is one things that should be upermost in our Minds,

I was Astonished to hear of your Move to Chillicothe, though I doubt not but what it was best for you all, I know that you were all in danger where you was, and that caused me to trouble, More Especialy after I had heard of the dificulties in that part of the country. but I hope sutch times will never been seen Again, This letter Leaves me Enjoying tolerable good health but I dont Enjoy as good health as I did before I left home, the past Summers Hardships has Racked my Constitution So that I am Afraid, that I Never will be as good, as I once was, but I am trying to Save my Country, and if it takes My whole life to save it I give it freely, We are all geting along fine here. We have a good set of Boys to Associate with, and plenty to Eat, and Nothing to do, there is a good Many Sound Union people here who take a great delight in associating with us, and of giving us good dinners But still there is some as Mean Rebels here, as any where in the United States, there is very little association between them and us, only once and awhile we pay them a visit, and bring away A fat Turkey or Some Chickens, and Some times a big buck Niger, We have 3 Negro Men with us now. they do our cooking, fine fellows, we expect to Remain where we are during the Winter we dont know where we will got then, we dont know when we will come up home, we dont want to come untill we get our money, Government now ows us Near two hundred dollars. we Expect to get a part, if not all, in a short time, then we will be up home to see you all, I will soon close, My dear Sister I have now writen the first letter I hope you will follow, Amediately After Receiving these lines, you can learn how to direct from father, I shall continue to keep up a Communication with you all, and I hope you will do the Same,

Give My Respects to all of the Relatives and friends Generaly and Reserve a good share for your selves and Remember these lines has come from under the pen of a dear Brother who will Remain true till death,

Yours Affectionately,

H.J. Bevel

to Eliza Jane,

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1863-01-19

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Bevel, Harvey J.

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces
African Americans
Military camps


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