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.
3 pp, 4 ¾ x 7 ¾, Camp Near Richmond, KY, Mar. 14, 1863. Joseph writes to brother Albert. “...I would have [written] before this time but being on a scout of 16 days, I have not had time. We left Frankfort on the 1st of Feb about 2 o’clock in the afternoon and at night we camped in the court house at Lawrenceburg on the 22nd...We reached Danville and camped in an old barn til morning...When we was going through Danville, the order was that all men that there horses was not shod had to file right and them that their horses was shod file to the left. Co. G in command of Lieut. Thompson. We filed out the Richmond Pike hearing that the rebels was at Richmond in our breast works....Our party being about a hundred strong, commanded by Col. Runkle of the 45. We started for Richmond but when reaching there, the Rebs had all skedaddled on the Boonsboro Pike. We stayed here all night and in the morning we started in pursuit on reaching the KY River at Boonsboro. There was no way of crossing the river but on a ferry which took us the better part of the day. The cavalry crossed the river first and pursued the rebs a little after dark. Our cavalry had a skirmish with the rebels about four miles on this side of Mt. Sterling. We had three skirmishes with them but didn’t do much damage. We killed about eight rebels and took about 25 prisoners. They wounded a few of our boys but one seriously. We returned to camp. We had traveled over three hundred miles...Joseph H. Corbin”
Toning, folds. Nice cover.
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