Letter from 2nd Lieutenant Allen White Tiffany of Company H, Ninth Minnesota, while a Confederate prisoner-of-war about the hope of prisoner exchange – August 20, 1864Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
Letter from 2nd Lieutenant Allen White Tiffany of Company H, Ninth Minnesota, while a Confederate prisoner-of-war in Charleston, South Carolina, about the hope of prisoner exchange.
Charleston S.C. Aug 20th 1864
My Dear wife
I wrote to you one week ago. I wonder if you have received it & will get this. I am still a prisioner of war here, I get along with my captivity remarkably well I do think, well all the time, I scarcely can tell how I keep so, but I do[.] “A speedy prospect of exchange” I just hear[.] I hope so, I wonder how you get along[.] well I hope all[.] I will see you this Fall I think without a doubt my life spared[.] some of the officers here are sick no general complaint[.] It is quite warm, we have salt water for bathing which I like[.] I hear there is to be a draft in the North in Sep. May Mr Burton be spared[.] if he has to go I will come & take his place. does your wood still last? I have not heard from[g] you since the the last of May[.] I cannot write much not on one page. Expect to go North before your letter reaches me[.] All is well, let that suffice[.] A W Tiffany
Citation: August 20, 1864. Letter from Allen White Tiffany. Lieutenant A. W. Tiffany letters. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2776]
Cleaned up once more[.] Camp dry again. Drilled compy. 2 hours in forenoon. Guard mounts at 9 a.m. now. Have charge of the Battalion[.] at work on the Trenches. Got a load of brick to brick our tent. A story I find is being circulated in camp to my discredit.
Citation: August 15, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]
A letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon, to his sister Nellie telling about recent fighting – August 14, 1864Thursday, August 14th, 2014
A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie, written near Waterford, Mississippi, telling about recent fighting.
A partial transcription of the letter:
Aug 14 1864
My Dear Sister Nellie
[…] We left camp at Waterford a week ago to day – and took up our position near the Tallahatchie river – about 14 miles from Holly Springs – About 11 o’clock last night as we were sleeping nicely, first we heard were some shells – the enemy was in force but ¼ mile and in the dead of night tried to get us out of our nice place. Of course we were routed and had to get up and pack up – our sleep was destroyed for the night. The next morning our artillery came up and we [commenced] shelling them – and prepared to cross and ‘go” for them five companies went over in a boat and I went with them as surgeon[.] we succeeded in driving the enemy – with but three wounded. Almost every day since we have had fighting in our front but I have our regiment has not been engaged. Yesterday our forces killed and wounded nearly 150 rebels. […]
Your loving brother
See the entire letter: 1864-08-14_Brewer_combined
Citation: August 14, 1864. Mattocks, Ebenezer Brewer, 1841-1934. Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks and Family Papers. Correspondence and related papers , 1830-1911. Minnesota Historical Society, Box 1. [P1452]
Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin has been discharged, and is now home at his family’s farm in St. Charles, Illinois where he spends his time helping his family and visiting friends. On August 13 he simply comments, “Weather pleasant”. On August 11 he comments, “Attended Theater last night[.] playe Octoroon girl [S…] Luisana[.] J J Evens stayed with me last evening[,] is just from Tenn[.] L J [Alrred] took dinner[.] Weather pleasant[.]”
Citation: August 10-13, 1864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1- December 31, 1864. Volume 3. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]