• Two Civil War Letters: Ohio 8th Infantry Corporal Promises Description Of Rebel Territory

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    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.

    Offering two letters, one sheet, 5 x 8, front and back, the first being a letter from Joseph Corbin to his brother David, Covington, Ohio, March 2nd, 1865, a month before the end of the war.

    “After being on a short visit to the Rebel Capitol...I am writing to let you know that I arrived at home safely and found the folks well...I wish you were here. If you can get a furlough do and come home while I am here...It would be useless for me to give you a description of affairs while in rebel hands on this half sheet of paper but hope to see you soon and then I can tell you the particulars...”

    On the verso, the note, “Approved Maj. Gen. Hooker, Commanding Dept. of Ohio,” an apparent permission to travel.

    And, a response from David on March 4, reading: “Respectfully returned. I would like to see you very much after over 3 years parting but cannot come home at present.

    “I have considerable diarrhea, but otherwise no worse than in general...

    “If you come down here means might be prescribed as John and myself both have money. As John owes you considerable, a portion might be at your disposal.

    “Your brother D.L Corbin

    Folds, toning, occasional foxing.  Very unusual to find a letter that contains the official permission for traveling.

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