Searching for parents/family of John W. Lockwood - Ephrain & Cinderella Lockwood of Ross County, OH.
These are two Civil War era letters that turned up in our family archives.The soldier is John W. Lockwood, 18 years old, son of Ephraim & Cinderella Lockwood of Ross County, Ohio.This soldier died June 9, 1864 of wounds received in the Battle of New Hope Church, GA.He is buried in the Chattanooga National Cemetery (but is incorrectly listed as James C. Lockwood on the cemetery listing).
First letter June the 15, 1862 It is Sunday. with us here to day and we have . hav’t got our ______ yet. yesterday we moved and I was fine. Five times we have moved and have not left Camp Chase yet. we have easy time here plenty to eat and good water to drink. We are in linen tents now but are not only a going to stay... i went in a swimming today. The River is about two miles from here. I was on gard & saw some of the prisoners. … they have good clothes on .They are old ___ and well as our men. last Tuesday one officer tried to break out and they shot him wright through the heart and killed him.
No more this time Direct John W. Lockwood Camp Chase, Ohio
Sis Tell them two girls to hold their hatts. O yes I got George's and Sis's letter we are all well have meeting every Sunday at .two o'clock.
George sell that first pistol if you get a half dollar for it and send it to me in postage stamps send me 15 stamps and you keep the rest.
A few days, that new check shirt I got have washed it three times this week I washed it today. we joined with a peace of a company and they had 73 Men and they formed with another piece and now have a full company 101 men. Pike is our Captain. Ben James? Is first lieutenant. We are Co. E 87 Regiment.
Just direct to John W. Lockwood, Camp Chase, Ohio -------------------- Second letter Page 1 Christmas Dec the 25th/1862
Dear Mother I received your kind and condescending letter this morning and was glad to hear that you was getting better and that all the folks was well.Tell all the Marysville? folks they had better join church.Theodore looks first rate but not as well as he did when he left home.I have seen all the boys from Marysville.When I first seen Theodore I could hardly speak for about ten minutes.O yes, my Christmas gift and New Years gift as I expect this letter will get home about new years I would like for you to have me a gift.When Theodore come to the regt he said he was glad to see me and thought that I looked well.I like it first rate nothing could suit me better.Harve Bilim? has just made him a ring I expect he will send it home this letter is an answer to that one you wrote on the 17th and was mailed the 18thTell Grany Carty that she need not wish for me till she sees me coming.? I don't want you to write so much foolishness and nonsense.George I am soary? Firm don't earn his salaratus that goes in his cornbread.Tell Grany Carty that Nate is here and is well.Now I will tell you what kind of a house we stay init is made of pine logs 5 feet long and 6 feet wide one log high at the ends and two at the sides and covered with our shelter tentsthis is the shape of one end of our shanty (drawing)
Page 2 Now we have to go and drill.Is I did not get to finish this letter yesterday and I expect we will have to go on picket I have to drill any today I expect to fix up comfortable shantys.O yes we are near Fredricksburg and our pickets and the rebel pickets trade papers and trade coffee for tobacco.I hear is not much danger of segal's division going into this battle for his division is held as a reserve and there is not much dangerwe are close to the rappahannock riverI drawed you a map but not a very good one to show you our linesTheodore stands? Is first rate nowYou wanted to know in that other letter you wrote if I had an over coatyes I have a good oneUncle John Glenn? Ruley? Lew Selby and myself is well.
Nomore at present But remain your son John Lockwood Cindrilla Lockwood (sketch)