George G and Julia Letters 1864-1865



  (George Sammons was a brother-in-law to Ichabod Perry. Julia was George's
daughter. George m. Sarah Bell and Ichabod m. Martha Bell, sisters and
daughters of Robert and Jane Anderson Bell.)  Ichabod's parents were Edmond 
and Rachel Bridges Perry.


To mister Ichabod Perry
June 4,1864
Wesley p o
Schuyler CO Mo

My Dear Brother,
   After my best respects you and family I am enjoying moderate health the
rest of my family is all well and hope these few lines my find you and
yours well.  I received your letter in due season and was very glad to here 
from you and hear that you was all well  I have been very busy since I 
received your letter trying to get in my crop.  I think as you said that it 
is every ones duty as a farmer to raze all the grain they can.  I have just 
got my crop corn in.  We have had a very late backward Spring it was so wet 
here until the middle of May that it made me late in getting in my crop.  
There is but very few in my neighborhood that has finished planting there 
corn.  We have very nice growing weather and there is very good prospect of 
raseing plenty if it is a good Season this year.  Corn is very scarce here 
this spring it is selling at one dollar a bushel and can scarcely Be bought 
at that  Bacon is worth 12 TO 15 ct lb.  There some talk of us in Missouri 
being bothered with them dastardly Buschwackers or theives as you may term 
them.  We have not been bothered by them in our county as  yet nor I dont 
think think they will come out very bold in this part of the country I hope 
they wont anyway.
Newton has bin  at  home on furlow of 30 days he started back to regt the 18
of April the last I heard of him was the of May.  He was well he was at
Columbus Ky  but was just getting ready to get aboard a Boat.  They was
going up red river but were they was going he could not exactly tell.  I am
glad to hear of the success our Army had on the rebel Capitol although there
was a great many of our army slaughtered there  I see in the St. Louis Democrat
that our loss is estimated from 35,000 and may possibily reach 40,000 that
is killed and wounded and missing but you will learn all the particulars I
will not say anything about it.  When you write tell me who of the connection 
is in the army and the number of there regt and Division, so that I may know  
there whereabouts as far as you know please inform me.
  As this side of the paper is not ruled so I will not attempt to write any
more at present, but will Close by asking you to excuse poor writing and all
the mistakes I would like to hear from you soon again  Your brother till Death

                                                            George Sammons

Tim and Clara sends there best respects to you and family


To Ichabod Perry

Schuyler co. Mo
Jan 28, 1865

Dear brother,
   I am once more favord with the opportunity of addressing you by way of
letter which is great pleasure for me to do.  This leaves me and family
well and I hope it will arrive and find you and yours well. I received your
kind and welcome letter read it with great pleasure and should have answered
it sooner but have bin waiting to have news to write and give information
concerning land in Missouri. I have not heard from Newton since the 6th of
this month. He was at Chickasaw, Alabama he was well and he was in a battle
fought over Nashville, Tenn with hard forces and almost destroyed his army.
he retreated to near Corrinth, Miss and there with the remmond (remainder)? 
of his force was building fortifications but I dont think he can stay long on
account of supplies for his little band of murouders, but you know all about
it by reading the papers.. we hear from Tim every week he was at Tulahoma,
Tenn and was well and seemed to like soldiering very well, he only went in
for a year and was to stay mo but then sumed to a misunderstanding some ways 
he is very young to go out in this wicked world alone. I think we will be able
to come up with any of her sister free states there is some thirty rebel
families going to leave this Co in the spring when grass gets up for cattle to 
harvest on.
   They say they are aguining to Newbraska but it very hard to find out when, 
they are going   they want to sell their farms and if they can sell them they 
are going to leave them. If you want land in free Mo you can do it your self 
very well I think and should be very proud to have you come and purchase you 
a farm for yourself and children and be (cordey)? to live here  we need good 
union and loyal citizens here  this county will be almost vacated when rebels 
leave and the evacuation will to great advantage to the county and its loyal 
inhabitance, I think you can get a good farm and a good title to it. We have 
had as nice winter all a long untill the present it is very cold to day the 
roads is in beautiful for traveling they are frose hard and are smovese(smooth?) 
and dusty. I would send you our governors inargural address but I suppose you 
have saw it, as it is very cold writing. I will bring these few lines to a 
close hoping to hear from you soon and see you also and many of your family as 
you can have you come with you.
Your well wisher
George Sammons
and family to Mr. Ichabod Perry and family. Excuse such a poor letter and
write soon. Excuse all mistakes this is wrote in haste must go and mail.

Wesley P O
Schuyler Co. Mo.
5 Jan 1865

(To Louis Perry)

My dear and ever remembered cousin,

  I this evening seat myself with great pleasure to address you by way of
letter informing you that we are all well and I sencerely hope these few
lines may find you all the rest of your father's family well.  I received
a letter from you about two weeks ago and you may well imagine how good it
was to hear from you but oh Louis you how sad and sorrowful we are felt
on hearing of the death of cousin John.  It is awful to think that one so
young and inocent should suffer and die so far from home in prison for
know other crime only being for and loyal to our government and fighting 
its laws and liberties but oh how many such Dear and nobel lives fall as 
sacrifice for our country.
They die and honorable Death they that give there lives for law and liberty 
of our beloved country  He is done toiling and marching and baring the
insults of the degraded southern barbarious  he is better off where those 
that seek to destroy honesty and peace can not come  We all sympathize with  
you  for you for we know its very hard to part with those we love so well. 
Louis  I got a letter from Timothy last mail.  he was at Fort Donelson he 
was well and seemed to be very well satisified with his new occupation of 
being a soldier.
       We have not heard from Mr. Fetters and Newton since the 1 of last
month  They was then at Nashville Tenn expecting orders to form in line of
battle and I see in the St. Louis Democrat that they have whipped the rebels 
gainin a good victory with but very  little loss but I am a worry about them 
the reason I have not answered your letter sooner was waiting to hear from 
them.   Louis, we have very dry Christms here in Mo  we have had meetings in 
the neighborhood for two weeks and  I have attended every night.  
The preacher is a hily learnt and very smart man.  He is the best kind
of speaker  he came from Illinois but I don't know what part.  His name is
Mr Evans hes a courelite preacher  I heard today that he was a very mean man 
a very mean rebel and the union folks is talking of runing him out of the 
country.   I would never go to hear a rebel preach if knew it.  he is a very  
smart man it is very hard to find a stranger out those times.

     Well Louis I would very much like to come and see you all and the rest
of the connection that is loyal but I guess I can not this winter on account
of having know way of conveyance to river only by stage and would cost a good 
deal if could get to Quincy and get the cars on.  I soon see you all.  I don't
like travel alone.  Louis  I wist you could come and see us you would be 
perfectly safe to come there is know danger of you being molested on foot and
not fear no harm.  There is some horse stealing done  if you could come I 
would go home with you.  There was a meeting not very far from here and the 
ministers rode to meeting and tied there horses so they sposed could have got 
lossed and when the meeting was over there horses was gone and never heard of  
any more.  There has been for head stoled in the neighborhood the same way 
they are susposed to be reguler horse theieves.  I would like to see you all 
the best kind and think I will when it gets warm weather and good roads.

  Louis my paper is all consumed and I will have to bring my letter to a close

Julia  Fetters

  write soon  excuse all the mistakes. Louis answer this as soon as you get it.  
Tell uncle  and Aunt that Clay and I send our best respects to them and would 
like to see them.  excuse pour penmanship and have nice weather all this year 
that hasn't been but 6 today  Louis write all about the connection tell when 
you saw Porter's folks.  Hurrah for Honest old Abe...   I have some good union 
songs to send you in next letter

Compiled by Charlotte Curlee Ramsey from notes submitted by Linda George Maniaci.

Charlotte Curlee Ramsey

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