• Civil War Soldier Suffers A Beating And Near Hanging For Southern Sympathies

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    3 pp, 4 ½ x 7 ¼, Covington, April 4th, 1864, Albert Corbin writes to his brother D.L. Corbin with an emphasis on their brother John, who apparently had condemned the Union for the Civil War or had switched sides to the Confederacy.  Albert Corbin uses the term “butternut” to refer to John.  [David was now a member of Company B, 94th Regt. Ohio Volunteer Infantry.]

     

    “I received a letter from you some time ago which stated that you had not received a letter from home for a month if so I am sure it was not our fault for in that time there had been no less than two or three letters written to you. You also stated that you supposed that we had forgotten you. Do not think that...for we are thinking of you all the time and wishing that you were at home especially when Joe was at home. Joe has again returned to the field. I supposed they will go to the Potomac army where they will to into action service...

     

    “A few days ago, the soldiers got hold of John and thrashed him. Then they sent one of the boys to get a rope to hang him and while he was gone John got loose from them and made his escape but it is his own fault for any man that will talk like John has aught to be whipped, but nevertheless on the other hand, the soldier takes a little too much authority. I don’t mind them whipping or making a butter nut take the oath of allegiance but to go and kill them goes a little too far. There is no war news at present but I supposed that there will be soon as the army of the Potomac is making preparations to move...Albert G. Corbin”

     

    Folds, light toning and a few spots of ink smudging. Very readable with a fine cover, directed to D.L. Corbin, in care of Capt. McLaughlin, noting that the letter should “follow the Regiment.”

     

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