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Letter from John N. Bradford to his wife discussing the capture and escape of Hutchinson and protecting the railroad – August 25, 1864

Filed under: Civil War Daybook — Lori Williamson @ 9:00 am

Letter from John N. Bradford of the Fourth Minnesota Regiment, from Altoona, Georgia, to his wife, Libbie Bradford, commenting on the capture of John Grover of Hutchinson of Minnesota and his escape, and ongoing problems protecting the railroad.

A partial transcription of the letter:

August 25th 1864
Altoona GA
Darling
[…] the Rebels captured John Grover of our Co. night before last – he cooks for the Col. and Maj.[.] he was out side of the lines buying Vegetables[.] he got away from them the same night[.] they robed him of 27 dollars[,] his watch[,] knife[,] and comb[.] it is hard to fight such a set of beings as they[.] they are no better than set of hyway robbers[.] should be kiled as fast as come to[.] Aug 27th we have more trouble on the rail road[.] they tore up half a mile last night[.] eight cares was thrown down an imbankment[.] kiled four and wounded several[.][…]
with much love, hopeing soon to see you[,]
John



See entire letter here: 1864-08-25_Bradford_combined

Citation:  August 25, 1864. John P. Bradford Papers  1862-1864, 1928-1978. Genealogical and Civil War Materials, 1861-1864, Minnesota Historical Society [P1680 Box 7]

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