• Civil War Letters Reflect Pangs Of Mustering Out After The War

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    JOSEPH H. CORBIN enlisted as a private on September 20, 1861, five months after the Civil War began. He mustered into G Co. Ohio 44th Infantry and was later transferred to the Ohio 8th Cavalry. He was mustered out on July 30, 1865, at Clarksburg, WV. During his enlistment, Corbin was promoted to corporal.

    Offering an assemblage of four letters, which provide a nice narrative of Civil War regiment being mustered out. The grouping also includes a return, 16 miscellaneous covers, mostly involving the Corbin family and 20 used stamps. 

    2 pp, 4 ½ x 7, May 11th, 1865, Weston, WV, Corbin writes to his brother, David. “...We are having good times here at present. Guard duty is lite and we have all the privileges we desire. Co. G is played out. 50 of our company were sent to Clarksburg to take care of Government stores...I don’t believe our company will ever get together again...although there is a report that our Regt is going to serve its time out as Capt. Owens of the regular army is appointed Col of said Regt...J.H. Corbin” 

    One page, 8 x 10, July 26th, 1865, Clarksburg, WV, a person named Sanger (first name undecipherable, writes to an unknown recipient, presumably David Corbin, brother of Joseph.  “...We have just compared our muster out rolls and found them all right. Capt. Pettis arrived here on the 11 o’clock train and will concurrence mustering the Regt. tomorrow. We will go from here to Camp Dennison where we will be paid off and disbanded Sunday...”

    2 pp, 4 x 6, July 28th, 1865, Clarksburg, WV, Joseph writes to his brother David. “We were mustered out this forenoon and will take the train Monday morning for Parkersburg [WV] and then take the boat for Cincinnati and there to Camp Dennison, where we’ll receive our pay. We were not mustered out on Friday as was anticipated. Capt. Petit did not arrive until yesterday after the rolls were compared...We will probably be detained at Camp Dennison for several days. While there I will visit Ward 30 and see where you spent many a long and lonesome day...Joseph H. Corbin” 

    One page, 8 x 10, August 3rd, 1865, Camp Dennison, O, Joseph writes to an unnamed recipient, but presumably his brother David. “We arrived at Cincinnati yesterday forenoon but I did not get to Camp until this morning after carrying the boat. I proceeded to 25 West Sturdid St. where I found John and remained with him until this morning when I got aboard the...train and started for Camp.  He is in good health but business is not very brisk.  I intend to spend about 2 days more with him when we’re discharged which will be about next Tuesday. It was the suspicion that we would be paid off this week...Joseph H. Corbin”

    Verso contains important data pertaining to the mustering out of the regiment. It begins, “The United States, To William H. Robbins, Sergt. Co. G, 8th Ohio Vols.

    “For commutation of rations while on furlough from the 6th day of February 1865 to the 8th day of March 1865 inclusive (30) Thirty days at _________ per day the cost of the ration.

     

    A list of items includes:

    “Sabres 47

    “Knots 42

    “Carbines 62

    “Belts and plates 44

    “Horse brushes 4”

    10 x 16 return for the Ohio 8th, dated May 1865, signed by Joseph Corbin, includes a listing of enlisted men, officers and one prisoner of war.  Verso contains a letter from Joseph to his brother David, written from Clarksburg, July 13th 1865, involving discussion about being mustered out with one mention of a discussion about “mutiny.”

    Toning and folds to the letters and the return. A few light places but mostly very readable.  Covers range from poor to good.  Stamps are used. The letter on the verso of the return is a little light. 

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