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March 5, 1863

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Tilghman House Paducah KY

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Paducah Ky

March the 5 1863

(original letter with Cheryl Skalsky)

(Scans of original letters below.)

Dear wife

it is with great plesure that I sit down to write you A few lines to let you know that I am well at this time and hope you and Family and _____ are well also. I received your kind and afectionate letter on day before yesterday of the 20 ___ and was glad to here from you may depend on it and realy glad to learn that I had got another big Boy. you said that he was born on the fourtheenth day of Febuary whitsh would make him almost one Month old. and you said that my Milton was well witch I was glad to hear for was I was anssious to hear from you all. I was out on picket duty day before yeterday and was at A _____ house A geting my diner when the _____ come and then we went to Camp and got ready to move and then went down to the river and got on the boat and then stay there untill after dark and then came up to Cario and stayed there untill day light and then started for this place and got here last Night and A prety place it is to but it is chuck full of sceerh (?) and we will have to trim them A little yet I think. this is quite A large place it is as large as Otawa or larger it is about fifty Miles above Cairo up the Ohio River. it is A bufilao Counntry around here.

you wanted to know if thare was many Traytors around here. I tell you thare is lots uf them here and at Columbus ____. the day that ______ to work them was we would go out on picket duty and when we was of of duty we would go to there houses make them get our some diner and then we would eat our diners and then fill our pockets and go back to our duty. i was glad to here from the folks but sory to here that they was sick. i hope they will all get along. I was glad to here from Albert and Steven(?) but sory to here that Albert was sick. I will write him A letter and Steven A letter to morrow if nothing happens. I received your letter with money in it on yesterday and it came in A good time for I was plum out but I think we will get some money to morrow or next day and if we do I will send it home to you. you said you was afraid I was sick for you had not heard from me for A long time. you had no reason for that for i never was in better health in my life than I be now but for A slite cold that I took A coming down here. you wanted me to send home A Name for that big Boy for you said you named our boy Milton but that dont make no diference. I would rather you would Name him but if you insist on it I will send one whitch will be Franklin. you may put the other in yourself if you please for I would rather you would. I wrote A letter to you Father my Mother and Albert and got no answer from them. tell William that i have wrote to _____ twice and got no answer. tell him john and Fancy to write to me. you tell Milton that i think of him every day and al most hour and hold boath of my boys for me. Tell Elisia that i am obliged to her for that peice of her weding dress and i wish that it had been her in steed of the peace. it is so dark that i cant see to write no more this time.

so good by for this time

yours truly

John A Loveless

to his Family

ps give my love to all

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Catherine ended up naming the baby Franklin Amos – after his father.  Franklin is my great great grandfather.

John mentioned moving camps – he started out at Camp Halack in Columbus Kentucky, then moving up the Mississippi River to Cairo Kentucky, where he had been posted previously, and then on up the Ohio River to Paducah Kentucky.  There is a bit of interesting history with the location of the Union troop headquarters in Paducah as it turns out.  Kentucky was a neutral state – so kept slaves but were still with the Union.  A prominant house built by Lloyd Tilghman and then lived in by the Woolfolk’s was directly across from Union headquarters… The Woofolk’s were with the Confederacy and flew the flag in opposition to the Union troops across the street… and as one might guess, more than a few unkind words were said.  It led, in part, to Ulysses S Grant’s rise in power and the Woolfolk’s banished to Canada.  For the entire story, use the links below.

January 30, 1863

Fort Halach, Columbus, Ky. Jan the 30, 1863

Dear Wife- I now sit down to write you A few lines to let you know that

I am well and hope you are the same. I wrote you A letter on the 25

and told you how I was situated in regard to money, we have fine

weather now it is so warm here now that it dont freeze any of A Night.

There is but few s ___ ps here now they have about all gone to Memphis

Ten– the Regulars left last night– there is here yet the 35th Iowa

and us and two comanies of Cavalry and that is all to guard this place.

we have around 250 prisoners to guard and the post besides. we go on

guard about twice A week. i was out on pictrol(?) the night before i

got your letter and a nice time we had too- we was about 50 miles from

camp and we had A good time generally. i was out in the Country all day

and we went to an old s ___ hs house and got our dinner and then came

back to Camp. John Targart got A letter from home about one hour ago

and it said that the old man Targart was dead a so was gorge Smith down

at the Mills(?) there is A good deal of sickness there this winter the

old man very suddenly with his old complaint- Smith with the Measels. Dave

Speer is sick now with a cold. there is A good deal of sickness in

the Regament now at this time with colara(?)

you wanted me to send you that letter from John and i will soon it is

you now i should i but sent it to you but i had not- you wanted me to

come home now but i cant do it now for they wont give a furlough from

the oficers now so i dont know how i can do it now. i expect we will

stay here for a good while yet. i dont know how long, you wanted to

know what i thought of you going to your fathers but i think you had

had better stay where you are from the —-· i want you to write to me and

and let me know how the neighbors are a getting along and all of the

news —-I have not got A letter from your Folks or ‘ mine yet and I dont

know what to make of it. This is my last sheet of paper to write on and

if I cant borrow I dont know what I will do.

i must quit now for it is A getting dark now and supper is ready

— — give my love to all and i remain

yours till Death

John A. Loveless

to his Wife C.M. Loveless and Boy (kiss my boy for me)

John often mentions his and Catherine’s parents.  Upon doing research, I have learned that Catherine and her parents lived somewhere near Seneca Kansas, in what was then the Kansas Territory.  Albert is often mentioned in letters – he is her brother who was 9 years younger.  Apparently, despite the age difference, they were close.  Albert lived with her parents still along with 3 other siblings.  (Her youngest sibling, Edward Franklin Sherman, was only 3 years older than her first born child, Alice Loveless.)  John’s parents are a bit more of a mystery… The only census data that is available is from 1850 when John and Sarah Boyd Loveless lived in Kendal Illinois.  In the 1870 census data, Sarah and Homer Loveless were listed as living in Henderson Illinois but there is no mention of John.  By the 1880 census, Sarah is still living with Homer and his wife and family.

As to the other men that John mentions in his letters, I am still trying to determine who they were.  I have looked through the census pages for the Seneca area for 1860 but the writing is difficult to read to say the least and I have not found any of the men mentioned.  I tag them in each post in hopes that their families who may be looking for information about them find this page in an internet search and are able to read a bit about their lives.

Cholera is a bacterial disease characterized by severe diarrhea and vomiting.  It is easily spread through fecal contamination in food and water.  It results in severe dehydration and death and even now causes over 100,000 deaths a year as of 2010.  Considering the lack of training of most of the volunteer soldiers and the extremely difficult living conditions they faced on a daily basis it is of little wonder that diseases such as this spread quickly and killed many.

January 29, 1863

Columbus Ky, Jan the 29, 1863

Dear wife, it is with great plesure that

i now sit down to write you a few lines to let you know that i am well

and hope you the same. your letter of the 22 is received A few minutes

ago and rite glad i was to hear from you and Milton and to here that

you was well and glad to here that you had got your trunk to. i got a

letter from John White and have sent it to you. the old man Targets

folks is well. I am glad to here that you enjoy your self very well.

the postage stamps you sent me came in good ____ to me now for i did

not have one to write a letter with. David Coats is sick again and is a

going to be discharged and so is Bob patten(?) also Uncle have not

drawn any money yet and i am a sufering for the want of it. i have not

had a chew of Tobacco for two weeks and am almost crazy for it. i can

not get any of it that is oweing to me and I have none to buy paper

with and have but one more sheet and then must quit writeing. i was

glad to here that your Father had sent you some money. you must tell

Milton that i was glad to here that he was a good boy. i will send him

a vest pin in this letter and he must take care of it. you must excuse

me for not writeing more this time for i have been out on picket duty

all Night and just come in more now. write as soon as you get this

and i remain

Yours till Death

your Afectionate Husband

John A. Loveless

to his wife

Catherine Loveless