• Ohio 44th Civil War Letter Troops Preparing To Whip Rebels

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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 Infantry.  The regiment was active in the Battles Of Lewisburg and Cumberland Gap, Siege of Knoxville and Sanders’ Knoxville Road. Corbin was later promoted to corporal.

    Corbin was mustered out on July 30, 1865, at Clarksburg, W.VA.  During his enlistment, Corbin was promoted to corporal.

    2 pp, 4 ¾ x 7 ¾, Camp Lexington, Nov. 28th, 1862. Written on stationary with a wonderfully imprinted sketch of the “Great Naval Engagement off Fort Wright.”

    Corbin writes to his sister.  “...I am well at present and getting along in old Kentucky very well. I received a letter from Dave yesterday evening. He said he was getting well and able to eat a whole mackerel himself and drank two containers of water. I think in the course of a week, we will be in the neighborhood of Nashville, Tenn. I don’t care how soon we go for it is getting most too cold to stay here much longer.  Now is the time to go down South and whip the Rebels out. We have [to] drill six hours a day and review once a week. We had a grand review here yesterday. The troops have all left here but six Regts of infantry, two of cavalry and two batteries of artillery. Maj. Gen. Wright was here yesterday.  It is Saturday and I must close and get ready for inspection tomorrow...Joseph H. Corbin”

    Folds, toning. One small break repaired with archival tape. Easily read.

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