March the 5 1863
(original letter with Cheryl Skalsky)
(Scans of original letters below.)
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
John A Loveless
to his Family
ps give my love to all
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.