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Samuel T. Reeves Correspondence

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Document Type: Autograph Letter Signed

Author: Samuel T. Reeves
Date: March 22-24, 1865
Place: Camp Dennison, Ohio
To: Huldah Reeves

Physical Description: ink on paper; 6 pages (21 x 13 cm) on 1 folded sheet and 1 sheet

Number: MSN CW 5012-9

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Camp Dennison Ohio
March the 22/65

Dear one I had a dream last night that bothers my minde So I thought I would tell it to you ) the first of my recollection I was with a large congregation Something like a big meeting I Seen a greate many of my old acquaintences when wee Started home you took me by the right hand you healped me considerably altho our way led through a old field that was full of Briars about knee high yet wee got along without being harmed by them ) you Seamed liveler and lovelier than I had Seen you for Some time my heart thrilled with Joy at your lively appearance ) it Seamed that the war was all over and Several

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of the Boys of Co. C. was going home with us for dinner among the rest amos Jarvice [i.e., Private Amos Jarvis] little James Huleon was thare he took Some watter out for the Boys to wash he (James) called to me I went out he told me that Amos was drunk he (Amos) commenced some vulgar talk I was Just going to speake to him) when I heared a Shriek from you (it Seams that I can almost here it now ) I run in the house you was laying prostrait on the hearth your right elbow under the forestick I caught you and turned you around on my lap but no Simptoms of life I called for James ) I nodised that your Sleeve was not Burned the drops of Swet stood on your face ) you breathed I feared it was our last struggle) but to my greate Joy you Spoke I dont remember what you Said ) but my Joy was so greate that I awoke and found it a Dreame ) my dreams may not be interesting to you if not reade them once and Burn them good Bye for to day S.T.Re

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No: 5
Camp Dennison Ohio
March the 24/65
Dear huldy

     yours of the 21st come to hand on the 23 at eleven oc in the morning oh how chearing when I See these words (wee are all well ) as you Said in yours that is the first thing I look for ) you asked me how time passed since I come back it passes verry Slowly it Seames that I am moor uneasy Since I come back than I was before I went home but I will try and content my Self let my portion be where it may) every thing Seames to be working Smoothly ) I think I am gaining Some all of the time I have not took a dose of medicen Since I come Back

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Dearest I think that you missunderstood me ) in Speaking of you being cheerful and forgiving and baring persecutions ) it Seams from your discorse that you under stood me to want you to give up to everything and not defend your Self in anything ) if this be your undearstanding it is a mistake ) for I ope you will take your part in every thing that is rite ) god being your healper ) So far as being persected thare is but little danger of that if wee are on the lords Side ) espeshly in a free country like this is (or as I hope soon will be) you Spoke of not keeping Franky much longer that is at your option you do Just as you think best and I will be Satisfied

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Dearest if you get Sick please let me know as soon as posible if you get bad sick have Doc Keith to write for I will be a gradeel apter to get a leave home ) I hope this will not have to be done but I thought I would tell you So you would understand how to do if any thing Should happen ) your letters comes through regular I get a letter every tuesday and thursday I cant get mine regulated So you will get them every male I think they get delaid on the way ) you talked of making and sending me a shirt you need not do it as they cost more to get washed and I would as leave ware the other sort of shirts ) I have not heared from any

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of our boys lately I am uneasy about them ) but I hope they will all come out rite ) when you here from them please let me know tell me wheather you got a paper and willey got a Soldiers little Almanac or not ) I would of loved to been with you last Sabbath I think I could enjoyed my Self the best Sort with the old friends that was thare and espeshely with my Dear Huldy and little family ) hoping this will finde you all well I will close ) Remember me when the dew drop are Shiny Remember me on the eavening tide Remember Dear that our days are declining yet wee hope at last in heaven to abide Give my respects to all My love to you a hug and kiss to the Boys for me S T Reeves

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Transcription last modified: 17 Nov 2003 at 02:06 PM EST

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