• 44th Regiment Soldier Never Saw People So Reckless And Wicked

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    John Corbin was part of the 44th Regiment, which was reorganized into the 8th Ohio Cavalry Regiment and attached to Benham’s Brigade of Kanawha, W.Va. The regiment’s engagements

    included the Battle of Lewisburg, Cumberland Gap, Sanders’ Knoxville Raid and the Siege of Knoxville.


    4 pp, 5 x 8, Greenville, Ohio, March 13th, 1864, Corbin writes to brother David.


    “I...have delayed writing until today for the purpose of informing you of the departure of the 44th Regt. I went to Covington to see Joseph [his brother]...They went in the morning and returned in the evening – a short campaign. The 44th will remain until further orders...An engine on the Great Central RW froze up on the back southwest of town. There are a great many veterans at home and a number here returned to the front. Capt. Meatchett’s company of the 40th came home in a body. They made a good appearance as they marched through town fully equipped.


    “Frank Moore of the 44th and Maggie Webb were married a few days after he came home. She took sick a few days afterwards and was buried yesterday...


    “News is eagerly sought. The time of year is coming when the armies begin to move and when great battles will take place...The war in Europe also much attention as it will probably have a great hearing...I might say that at no time since the commencement of the war has news been as eagerly sought...


    “The morale of the community here and as far as I can hear are very bad and appear to be getting worse. I think I never saw people so reckless and wicked...


    “A police force is being organized here with Capt. Wesley Gorsuch as chief of police. We shall have pretty strict orders here in the future. Nearly all the towns in the state are doing the same thing...


    “A great many persons here volunteered this winter. Most of those who were in the army and discharged here reenlisted. They will not get out so easily this time...John A. Corbin”


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