Our family just turned up this letter written by John W. Lockwood in the Civil War.We believe his family was from Union Co., OH and he mentions others in the area.Do any of the names mean anything to anyone else? ----------------- 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)