• Ohio 8th Infantry Soldier Guarding AWOL Privates And Chasing Women

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    2 ¾ pp, 5 x 8, Camp Dennison, Ohio, April 22nd, 1864, Joseph Corbin writes to brother David.  Cover included with a beautiful Camp Dennison postmark.


    “...I left Knoxville. I am well at present and enjoying a soldiers life in the highest degree...Same old fashion drill everyday although the weather is pleasant and therefore it is no more than good exercise. Yesterday I had the pleasure of guarding some of our boys that went home from here on French furloughs. They number all over thirty and I think if we stay here any length of time it will take one half of the Regt to guard the other. At present there is over three hundred about without leave, says the adjutant. I don’t think that I shall put myself to any trouble going home as the company I am associated with is of a suspicious character as you referred to in your letter...


    “You may have heard more than was actually true...but when you come to investigate the matter you will find that my colleagues was composed of the most virtuous females in the country. But for me the harder the better. I find that the ladies of the north is bound to keep up with the soldiers in the field. In your next letter, I wish you would give me a list of the persons which formed my company...I will tell you whether the detail is correct...but as for me, going for the girls worse than I did for the rebs when I was in the field...Joseph H. Corbin”


    JOSEPH 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.


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