Offering two Civil War letters, 4 pp each, 5 x 8 and 7 ¾ x 9 ¾, written by one John B. Brown, June 1st and June 8th, 1865 to David L. Corbin, who enlisted as a private on August 7, 1862, and was mustered into B Co. Ohio 94th Infantry. He was mustered out on May 24, 1865, at Camp Dennison, Ohio. A few months after his enlistment, Corbin was taken prisoner at Nolensville, TN (December 30, 1862). David would later become a physician.
Brown writes from The United States Christian Commission, Dennison, U.S.A., Gen’l Hospital, Ward 3D, June 1st, 1865.
Brown write, “...I hope soon to be a free American citizen. There will be no guard house held up to intimidate or deter from writing communications on certain subjects as is...threatened in the last issue of...The Ohio Volunteer....I have been before the Board and marked for discharge. Dr. Morton left us today having been honorably discharged, all the divisions above the 7th are broken up. but 16 in Ward 30. Now all of the ‘wild asses’ are gone...A volcano lies buried beneath, another sentry boy was...burnt this morning early and it would not be at all surprising if much of the place does not share the same fate unless the men are soon mustered out. I have casually heard such exclamations as the d-d place ought to be burned up and I believe there are men here who would not scruple to do so...Today is the one appointed for fasting and humiliation, it is only necessary to say there is about the same amount of that now daily as when you were here...Jno B. Brown”
On June 8th, 1865, he writes again to Corbin, 4 pp, 7 ¾ x 9 ¾, Camp D. USA, Gen’l Hosp’l, June 8th, 1865, “...The boys are being mustered out...’The Ohio Volunteer’ has also gone done, gone dead, all that can be said of it is that [it] died as it had lived, contemptible. Hence to comply with your request is beyond possibility...My physical condition is no better but my hopes are somewhat improved. I have been...before the Board and ordered to be discharged...I am almost left alone to contemplate the beauty and loveliness among the many of which are morning fogs and evening’s sweet aroma...My mind like my person feels the weight of semi-military imprisonment...”
Camp Dennison was a military recruiting, training, and medical post for the United States Army during the Civil War. It was located near Cincinnati, Ohio, not far from the Ohio River.
Both letters come with their original covers with wonderful postmarks.
Folds, toning. Very easy to read and a nice pair of letters written just a couple of months after the Civil War when nation was wrapping up war time operations.
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