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About Samuel H. Bassitt Civil War Letters
Camp Denison, Ohio
April the 28th, A.D., 1865
Dear Father & Mother:
It is with the greatest of pleasure that I seat myself in Ohio once more to write you a few lines to let you know that I still remain on the land amonst the Living. And hope you are in the same state of good health. I am in the hospital at Camp Denison, Cincinnati, Ohio. We arrived here this morning about 10 o'clock. We got on the Boats at New York City at 2 o'clock Wednesday and crossed over into Jersey City in New Jersey and there we got on the cars at 5 1/2 oclock. and came down to Dunkirt New York where we changed cares and came to Cleaveland. There we changed cares and came to Columbus and changed cares and came through to Cincinnatti. We were too days and too nights a comming through the Distance of about five hundred and fifty miles.
I am no better than I was when I wrote to you last. I think that I am in a place now where I can get well for it is a prety nice place. When we came through on the cars I could see farmers to work on their farmes a planting corn. And I thought to myself I would like to be a farmer once more. I think that before very long if our armies keeps progressin on the way that they have in the last year we will all be returned that is spared to our homes to share the comforts with our Parents, Brothers and sisters once more around the family fireside and also family table. The boys was all when I left them at Goldsboro North Carolinia.
Father you may send me them things that I wrote for. The will be no danger of them getting lost. Father, I want you to send me some money if you will. I want you to send me ten ($10) Dollars for I am in kneede of it now. So you will Oblige a son. I think that we will get payed off here before long. When we do get payed off I will pay you thrible for all of fyour trouble.
I must bring my scribbling to a close hoping that these few unworthy lines may find you enjoying good health. I remain your affectionate Son
Direct Samuel Bassitt, Camp Denison, Ohio, Division 2nd, Ward 6.
Write as soon as you receive this letter and dont delay. I send my love and best respect to only enquireing friends. Excuse my poor writing and bad spelling.
[Transcripts from Civil War Letters binder in Allen County
(Ohio) Museum library, c. 1975]
[Original letter in the Allen County (Ohio) Museum archives]