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George W. Colvin – Civil War Letters, Part 2

The remaining two letters of George W. Colvin to his wife Lucinda Lea Colvin – written during 1863 in the midst of the Civil War.  To read the introduction and first letter click here.

Second Letter

June 5, 1863, Green River and State of Kentucky

‘My dear Wife I will again enclose you a few lines which I can say to you that I am well, hoping those few lines may find you and my two little children are enjoying the same blessing.  Lucy we have made another draw but I was not pleased because I did not draw any more than just my wages, I never drew anything for my horse, which I don’t believe now that I will draw any more for my mare.  I will send her back to you, Lucy, to take care of her for about two months, which by that time I will know whether I will get any wages for her or not, but I want her to rest a month or two anyhow.  Lucy, I would be glad that your father would let new stay on his pasture.  I will pay him and make it all right what he will charge me and Lucy, if he has not got the grass you will see to her being put on good grass and that she has plenty to eat until she gets fat, and if I don’t ride her in the service anymore I will sell her and Molly both and all so the best of my little accouterments.  But I will write you another letter first.  Lucy, I would like very much to see you and little Enos and Martha Ann, but it is unknown to me when I will get to see you unless you come to see me.  Lucy, I will send you a little money this time, but very little.  I never drew but twenty-four dollars, seventy cents, which I have little left.  But I will send you the sum of fourteen dollars this time.  That is the best that I can do this time.

‘I left Jamestown the 2nd day of June that morning the Rebels pickets run in to Jamestown, about three hundred of them, but they  never hurt any of our men, they only took some six or eight prisoners of the Ninth Kentucky Cavalry.  Our men killed one and took one prisoner, but the report is that the Rebels has left there and all, so our men, seven regiments, past by here yesterday and today.  I presume they were going to Lebanon to get on the cars, but I don’t know where they were going.  Lucy, tell Emily that I saw Jerry Adkerson last Tuesday and he was not very well then.  I did not get to stay long with him, I just made it a short halt as I came back from Jamestown.  I also saw Thomas Adkerson, Ance Hendren, George Lambert, John Lambert and lots of others that I was acquainted with and they were all well with the exception of Jerry and George Lambert, but they could go about.  Dock Hendren was gone to Lexington for horses.  Lucy, you will have your mare back again to ride again.  She is still gentle to ride and Lucy, I don’t want to keep her here and get nothing for it.  Lucy, the little mite of money that I send to you this time I want you to keep it; not pay out any more.  We must save some for ourselves.  It is thought by some of the boys that we will soon go back to Lebanon, but we may go the other way so far as I know.  But I hope we may go back to Lebanon, if we do I want you to come to see me and bring Enos and Martha Ann with you.  Lucy, I am very well satisfied to stay in the army if I could see you sometimes and hear from you oftener.  I will now come to a close by saying Lucy you must write to me oftener than what you do.  So fare well for this time my Sweet Wife.  George W. Colvin to Lucinda Colvin”

Third Letter

June the 23rd, 1863

Glasgow, Barren County, State of Kentucky

‘I received your letter the 19th and was very anxious to hear from you.  But I was sorry to hear that my children were sick.  But I hope when these lines comes to hand they may find you all well as this leaves me.  Well, we left Green River Bridge last Saturday.  I would like to see you all very much, but I about one hundred and fifteen or twenty miles from you and am now again under marching orders.  But I don’t know what point we will go to.  I have nothing of any importance to write.  Lucy, I have just come to the conclusion to sell Molly and Liz both and the other things, wagon and that old distillery and all the other things.  I had a little plank; sell it, plows and everything that is worth attention.  I expect you had better sell your cow for you can’t take care of her.  You had better get them gathered up together and just advertise them for sale you know, or can sell them for cash or on time.  But we will not particularly need the money.  You can do as you think best about it.  But be sure and get a good note with good security to it.  My old boat – sell it – and them sheep, I don’t know what to say about them.  If you want to keep them, keep them.  You will please advertise and sell soon.  If you sell on time don’t put the time longer than Christmas.  Lucy, I have not wrote to father and mother for some time.  You go over there and see them and tell them that I am well and would like to see them.  Elijah Colvin has got a bull tongue if mine that is worth something, if convenient, get it.  No more to say at the present time only I am your true husband until death, George W. Colvin to Lucinda Colvin.

‘Lucinda, I hate to have to part from my two mares, but I presume it will be the best under the circumstances.  Lucinda, don’t neglect to write often to me, I want to hear how Enos and Martha Ann is.  Fare well.

‘I will send one envelope already backed that you can send back to me.  I will write soon again.’

1 reply »

  1. These precious letters tell so much about those difficult times. Wishing my family had such valuable documents! Keep up great blog.

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