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Letter signed H.J. Bevel, Pacific City, Mo., to Sister and Brother, Eliza Jane and Benjamin Haregrave, Spring Hill, Mo., May 3, 1863

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Identifier: D04623

Title: Letter signed H.J. Bevel, Pacific City, Mo., to Sister and Brother, Eliza Jane and Benjamin Haregrave, Spring Hill, Mo., May 3, 1863


Reports of preparations to withstand attack by rebels along the Pacific Railroad, which is being guarded by Bevel's regiment. Tells of court martial of the colonel commanding his regiment, his being exonerated, and the arrest and dismissal from the service of his accuser (the regimental adjutant).

Transcription: Pacific City Mo. May 3d 1863

My dear Sister and Brother,

It is very unexpectedly to me, that I seat my self to write to you. before having the pleasure of Seeing you all face to face, but Circumstances over which I had no control Seems to prevent, I thought when I wrote to you last, that we would be home to see you all before now. but we have had considerable excitement here for the last week, whitch has prevented our comeing,

One week ago we expected every day and night to be attacted some where on this Road. The Rebels here got very saucy after the attact at Pilot knob some days ago. But The excitement has cooled down. and we dont mutch expect any trouble here, though we cant tell. but if they do come we are Ready for them. and we will give them a warm Reseption. While the excitement existed Col Robinson Received a Special Order from Gen Curtice[Curtis]. not to Furlough any of his men till further Orders. They cant be spared off the Road. This was almost a death blow blow to us Paroled men who were going. But if our services are needed here. here we are Ready to give them, We are all perfectly Contented. Col Robinson dont think it will be more than 4 or 6 week before the opportunity will be given again

This letter will inform you that my Health is very good — The Health of the whole Regt is better than ever before. We Remain here on the Pacific Rail Road the Same, except 3 of the Companies whitch were in St Louis They were Ordered and Went down to Pilot Knob at the time of the trouble there.. We expected for several days for the Whole Regt to go there. but we did not. and there is no probility of our leaving this Road this Summer, The famous old 23d is well thought of here. so mutch so that the Loyal Citizens say we never shall leave here while there is trouble in Missouri.

Brother tommy is still at Washington. I was up to see him Last Saturday and Sunday. we had a good time. we have Writen to each other once since then. he is well and hearty and in fine Spirits. He says that if they fool with him mutch more, he wont go home atall till our time is out — He has fine times with the girls. and makes a good soldier, I illuded in my other letter of our Col haveing been under arrest. The whole thing is now wound up, and he came out with flying Collors, and now has full Command of the Regt But his accusor G.W. Easley the Adjutant of the Regt was arrested amediately on a set of Charges whitch were proved square up. and he is dis-honorable dismissed from the service of the United States. So mutch for trying to be a big-bug. he came up here last Evening. and is here now. he is dressed in full Citizens attair. and he looks like he was beat at his own game, whitch he was. I also illuded to the Race between my self and my honorable Compeditor. I beat him bad. he has returned to his company. and I have Received the perminent appointment of Commissary Sergeant of the Reft. I have all of my papers. My Wages is now 21 dollars per months. I no longer belong to Co G I was sorry to leave the Co, but a man must look to his own Intrest, I am now Reposted on the Staff Roll. We expect to be paid again in a short time. we will Receive four months pay. Capt Crandall and the balance of the Company sees a fine time. they are well situated. Crandall is now Provost Marshall of Washington. his men love him like a Father.

My dear Relatives. I dont think you need to be uneasy about the troubles in this state this Summer, for I cant think we will have mutch. the whole south and south west post of this state is working with Yankees and it is imposable for...

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1863-05-03

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Bevel, Harvey J.

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Courts-martial and courts of inquiry
Armed Forces


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