J.W. HAYS of 110th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, which saw action at the Second Battle of Winchester, Bristoe Campaign, Mine Run, Battle of the Wilderness, Battle of Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Cedar Creek, Third Battle of Winchester and the Siege of Petersburg.
2 ½ pp, 7 ¾ x 9 ¾, Before Petersburg, VA, February 18th, 1865, Hays writes to David Corbin. “...I wrote you some time ago and directed it to your Regiment – but as I never heard from it, I suppose you never received it. I...had almost concluded that you had shoved off this mortal soil...
“The two great armies are quiet at present. A week or two ago we had a fight [a possible reference to the Siege of Petersburg]...Our division was not engaged as we were deployed along the line to hold the works. Our lines were extended and our division had to move further to the left. We formed no quarters...We are again through building and once more ensconced in log cabins. Captain and myself have just moved into ours...Your humble servant was promoted to orderly Sergt. last December.
“We are not quite close to the Johnnies but they are quite friendly. Our pickets meet during the day, cut wood off the same trees and exchange little articles. Thin Forts are in plain view...The peace question has again subsided I think. The only peace commissioners the rebels will listen to are Grant, Sherman, Thomas and others of the same persuasion. The rebels seem confident yet, although there is getting to be more dissatisfaction among the people. There are a great many deserters coming on our lines and they must certainly feel it is in their army.
“I thank you for the information you gave me in regard to my cousin. I had not heard from him since the Rebellion and concluded that he was in the rebel army. Did you find out what were his sentiments in regard to the war? Will Edy was down to see me...He is in the Signal Corps. They have erected a large tower near here 150 feet high and he is on duty on the tower...J.W. Hays, Co A, 110 O.V.I., 2nd Brig, 3rd Div C Company, Washington, DC”
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