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Re: [civilwarwest] Ltr #20 Totten, Price, Horses, by H. B. Talbert

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  • M. E. Heatherington
    Riven, not ridden. Sheesh. some of us should *not* try to think & type at the same time. Sorry. ~MEH ...
    Message 1 of 2 , May 30 9:29 AM
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      "Riven," not "ridden." Sheesh. some of us should *not* try to think & type
      at the same time. Sorry.
      ~MEH


      >From: "M. E. Heatherington" <meheatherington@...>
      >Reply-To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
      >To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: Re: [civilwarwest] Ltr #20 Totten, Price, Horses, by H. B. Talbert
      >Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 12:19:53 -0400
      >
      >Another great letter, Jack. Thanks.
      >It seems picky to point this out, but there were Union bushwhackers, too,
      >esp. in the desperately ridden border states -- I am thinking particularly
      >of the area I know best, western NC/East Tennessee. Bushwhacking, or
      >marauding/preying whilst out of uniform, was an activity not limited to the
      >Secesh, alas.
      >Regards,
      >Madelon H.
      >
      >
      > >From: "Jack Hultquist" <jahultqu@...>
      > >Reply-To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
      > >To: <civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com>
      > >Subject: [civilwarwest] Ltr #20 Totten, Price, Horses, by H. B. Talbert
      > >Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 00:02:37 -0500
      > >
      > >[Bushwhacker - A Confederate soldier who engaged in guerrilla warfare.
      > >
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      > >
      > >This letter was written to Uncle Anderson 52 and Aunt Mary Talbert.
      > >Lucinda, Harrison's cousin, was their daughter.]
      > >
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      > >Jefferson City Cole County Mo
      > >
      > >Tuesday May the 20th 1862
      > >
      > > Esteemed Uncle and Aunt
      > >
      > > This stormy day while it is raining too hard to be out of doors
      >I
      > >will try and write a few lines in answer to yours, which came to hand two
      > >or three days ago. I also received one from you about the 10th of May
      > >bearing date of February the 5th [13� weeks in the mail]. On receiving
      >the
      > >latter I wrote a letter to Lucinda. And have since found out that Oliver
      > >wrote one to you. I would like to see the letter you wrote to us before
      >I
      > >try to write an answer. But I sent it to the hospital for George &
      >Oliver
      > >to read the first chance I had after I received it, and it is there yet.
      >I
      > >dont know whether George or Oliver has wrote an answer to it or not. I
      >am
      > >happy to inform you that I am well and hearty and in very fine spirits
      >But
      > >really sorry to tell you that George K. W. is still sick in the hospital,
      > >and I cant see as he is but little if any better than he was two weeks
      >ago.
      > > I am afraid it will be some time before he recovers. Oliver is still
      > >waiting on him. He is well and hearty. The health is generally good in
      > >camp. George and one other is all that is at the hospital now that
      >belongs
      > >to this company. It is almost an aggravation to me to try to write a
      > >letter when I have no news to tell. But in order to get you a letter
      > >indebt to me I will go ahead and do the best I can. We are still here at
      > >Jefferson City and no prospect of us leaving the state as I see at
      >present.
      > > But there is strong talk of part of this battery and a lot of cavalry
      > >going on a scout away down S. W. between here and Springfield Mo. The
      > >secesh is very quiet around here now, but I am afraid they will soon
      > >commence collecting in little squads and committing depridations on the
      > >union people, as the trees and bushes is now in full bloom, which gives
      > >them all the advantage, and a good chance to bush wack. The cowardly and
      > >ignorant rebels how darest they risk their lives in such a cause. I pity
      > >them and hope they will soon find out their error and regret that they
      >ever
      > >raised their puny arms against the Goverment of the U. S. A. They have
      >got
      > >several secesh officers prisoners here at Jeff City. And only yesterday
      > >they arrested a Major that was from Prices Army. He rode a horse into
      >town
      > >and went and gave himself up to the Provost Marshal acknowledgeing what
      >he
      > >was. Thinking they would make him take the oath and then be released.
      >But
      > >General Totten who is pretty severe ordered him to be arrested and
      >confined
      > >which was immediately done. He (General Totten) thinking he was a spy.
      > >The Major asked Totten if he wouldent take care of his horse. O, yes,
      >say
      > >Genrl Totten, I will turn him over to the Quarter Master. Enough of
      >that.
      > >There is a good many troops here now and they are coming every day. I
      >dont
      > >understand such a movement but hope it is all for the best. There is a
      > >heap of horses here now to feed and forage is very scarce. Our horses
      >has
      > >been as long as four days without any corn and nothing to eat except a
      > >little about half rotten hay. Last Saturday we took all six of the
      >baggage
      > >wagons and went across the Mo River to get some corn. We made the trip
      > >there and back safe. I drove George's team [two or more horses harnessed
      > >together]. They will not ship any corn or hay from St Louis here as long
      > >as they can help it. We have had very nice weather. No rain for a long
      > >time until to day it has been raining a very cold N. E. rain. The farmers
      > >is generally done planting corn. I believe I have nothing more to write
      >at
      > >present. So I will quit and go to getting supper. I hope these few
      >lines
      > >will find you all enjoying good health. Hoping to hear from you soon I
      > >will close. I remain as ever your well wishing nephew
      > >
      > >
      > >Harrison Talbert
      > >
      > >N. B. Direct [to] Jefferson City Mo Capt Cockefair 3rd Ind Battery.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >I send my love and best respects to all the family and none excepted
      > >
      > >Harrison Talbert To Uncle and Aunt Mary Talbert
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >Write whenever convenient. But dont forget to write sometime or other.
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