104th Regiment Penna. Volunteer Infantry

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This group of letters written to Sarah (Sally) R. Eastburn were all written by members of the 104th. This regiment was formed in mid 1861 in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania. Thus, the regiment included her close relatives and neighbors.

The 104th regiment made a distinguished record for itself and the county, serving in the Army of the Potomac, and in the Southern Atlantic states. It opened the battle in front of Richmond, for possession of the Confederate capitol, by firing the first volley at the bloody battle of Fair Oaks, May 31, 1862, losing 175 in killed and wounded, of the 393 officers and men that went into action.

One of those killed was Sallyís brother, Charles.

A struggle for the colors took place, the enemy coming near capturing them. This episode, the "Rescue of the Colors" was afterward painted in oil by William T. Trego, the most distinguished military painter in America, and presented to Bucks county by the Honorable John Wanamaker, the ceremony taking place in the court room, Doylestown, October 21, 1899, in the presence of a large audience. It now hangs in a room in the court house in the custody of the Bucks County Historical Society, and is visited by many persons. The canvas is 8x11 feet and the frame an elegant piece of work.

Letter Writers:

Thomas J. Brown - Sallyís school teacher

Joseph Eastburn - brother

Alfred Eastburn - brother

Harrison Eastburn - brother

Reuben Krewson - regiment member, possible distant relation

Theodore Hoff - regiment member

William Ragan - regiment member

Camp Davis Washington DC Nov. 29th/61

Miss Sadie,

My friend -- this morning your brother shewd me a letter which he received from you recently in which you stated that yu would like to receive a letter from me.

I was pleased to see your letter and to learn that you are anxious to hear from me, and I wish to inform you that Iím nevetheless anxious to hear from you, and as I requested my pupils before I left school to write to me I have been lokking for you to write first.

I know of nothing new to communicate to you you doubtless know as much about us as I do Iím enjoying good health and myself pretty well I often think about you and the rest of my former pupils do not get tired of wating for the present I owe you and if Iím sposed to return and an opportunity is afforded I will get it for you.

Give my respects to Father and Mother and the whole family

Yours Truly

T. J. Brown

To Miss Sadie Eastburn

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Carverís Barracks Ring d Regt. 104th P.V. Washington DC Dec. 29, 1861

Miss Sadie,

My young friend --

Your favor bearing date of the 20th inst. came duly to hand Iím glad to hear from you and to learn that you are pretty well but am sorry to learn that your little1 has been burried and your elder one2 is quite indisposed Sadie it is a great affliction to a sister but to loose one so little so harmless and gentle as she was it is a consolation to believe she has gone to a better home try to meet her there.

Your brothers3 returned with us yesterday safe again we were glad to see them come, During their absence we moved from Camp Davis to Carverís Barracks on Meridian Hill we are now comfortable quartered her and enjoying ourselves very well.

I am sorry I did not send your present to you when I promised you I would but I entirely forgot it nevertheless the first I see you I will try to have it for you.

I hope you will be able to get to school this winter and succeed in getting into a store in the spring.

I frequently hear from those who were my pupils at Pleasantville school and am glad to learn that the school is well attended and doing well Iím enjoying myself very well at present and have never yet regret that I enliste but still I wish dreadful war was over and I replaced in my former vocation time passes swiftly by spring will soon be here and I hope by that time the war will be over

If you puruse the CountyPapers carefully you will no more about our condition here thn I can discribe it for you hence I know of no news to communicate that will be interesting to you.

Sadie be a good girl try to do right writie often to your brothers who are in the army and whenever you feel disposed write to me

Yours Truly

Thomas J. Brown

To Sadie R. Eastburn

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1.Sallieís sister E. Lavinia Eastburn 1857 - 1861

2. Sallieís Sister Mary Alice Eastburn 1839 - 1927

3. Sallieís Brothers Charles, Joseph, Alfred, Harrison Eastburn, all in 104th Pa. Vols.

Note - Brother Charles was killed in action at Fair Oaks in May of 1862

 

 

Thursday the 13th 1862

Dear Sister I my pen in hand to inform you that we are all well and hopeing that these few lines will find you the same you said that you expect that we had had a good diner out of that box when you rote but we hav not seen enything of it yet and dont expect to now it was a grate disapointment my mouth was a wattern for something good out of it I reseived your letter tusday and I pitched out to the express after it but it was not there and I thought that I would leaved it a day or to before I rote I dont expect to get it now if we do it will be more than I expect I dont no what had become of it but I expect some body has stole it but it they hav more rite to it than we hav let them hav it We can liv on uncle sam vittles it seems that the luck is a turning against us sum how or other I reseived a letter from jain Eastburn1 to night and they was all well and comin[??] we hav had a very fine day to day, we hav drilled all day, and I feele a little tierd to nite because we hav not drilled much lately. I heard that that they was a going sware the volunteers in for regulars now all of them that will be swore in that way there is a goodeel of talking about going home but I ges they wont see home as soon as they think they will you siad that you would not let them folks hav a smell out of that box but we haint had a smell our selves yet.

I think that they are liable fore things that is miscaried tha is if they sent it by express I dont no weather they did or not but the aught to get a check fore it and they would stand good fore it then I am very sorry they went to so much truble to get the things and the expencse of sending it and it should get lost it is now about 7 oíclock in the evening and the band is out playing it goes out every nite and plays a tune or to I believe that there is no more that I can tell you because there is no nuse here fore it is just one thing over and over i has got to be a pretty dry place her give my respects to all the rest no more rite soon from your brother Joseph Eas to Sarah E.

 

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1. Jane Eastburn - 1st cousin of Joseph and Sallie, d/o fatherís brother John Eastburn

 

Beaufort, S C

Tuesday Aprile 14th 1863

Dear Sister

this evening I will endever to write a few lines to you an ancer to some of your writing you have sent me and to appologize fore not writeing sooner wich I know I aught to have done but I hope you will excuse me for we have shifted here and there and all over and not much Chance to write there is a grate many that I should write to but I have kept neglecting

We are all in rite good health and I hope these few lines may find you the same. We are now laying at Beaufort SC I cannot tell you how long it will be before they will shift us from here for they dont let the wath [??] lay still long at one place.

Dear sister I have been informed that you have been taken up with a burth tending store that is a very nice business but it is a rather a wild place for a young girl of your age and inclination. But dear sister I hope you will keep your mind about you and remember your caractor keep it good rememter that you have many folks and brothers though some of us in the army far away but hope some day to meet at home with respect and hope to find you of good caracter and remember out dear mother who is continually worrying about some of us and wish to see us all act in a respectable maner. be good to her, Dear Sister for a kinder mother to children is hard to find. And slso remember, Dear Sister that we all have a father in heaven to serve who will always respect and remember those who respect and serve him.

Now Dear Sister as I have no news to send you at present I will close with my love to you and all other inquiring friends

No more good night god bless you

From your affectionate Brother

Harrison W. Eastburn

Pleas excuse this writing

fore my pencil is very poor

But my love to you is truly

This I [k]now will endure

I hope soon that day may come

When pease will be restord

That we all can meet at home

and never to war no more

But if we be not permitted

to meet here on this land

I hope we will be enroled

In our Savours peacefull band

 

 

 

[Thrice folded and on outside "Please hand this to Sister Sally"]

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U. S. Genl Hospital No. 5

Beaufort SC

March 17th / 64

Dear Sister

I once more take the pleasure of addressing you to inform you that I still remain at the old hospital thought in excelent helth. And also to apologize for my ungreatefullness to you, Dear Sister I feel that I have abused you greatly in being so careless and neglectfull in writeing to you, for I am sertain that you wroat to me last, I certainly have a great many to write to but that should not exempt me when I have so much time as I have here. Therefore I should not blame you if you should scold me some when I here from you again.

The mail steemer arived yesterday bringing me five letters and to behold one among them bearing a dark border. Dear Sister, you cannot imagine how it startled me, it made me tremble from head to foot to see that black border. For I had herd preavesly of you being very ill. It did not contain such newes as I expected, though very bad the letter was from Dear Aunt Sarah1 stating the decease of cosine Rachel States.2 We must expect sickness and trouble in the world but I hope when we depart from this we may all meet ware troubles are no more.

I received a letter from Mother yesterday stating that you where on the mend wich I was very glad to here. I also received one from Brother Joseph3 stating that he and Alfred4 had both reenlisted and expected to start for home soon. So you will soon get to see them. It seems by there estatement they went it for money this time. If I did not want to inlist I dont think uncle Sams money would get me, or be much inducement I could go without it as soon as with. Well Dear Sister I cannot tell you how soon they will get me out of this place I hope soon, I am acting as an orderly here at present for the Hospital.

Please excuse my many mistakes, As I have nothing very interesting to send to you, I will close for the present with my love to all From your affectionate

Brother H., W. Eastburn

To S. E.

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1. Sarah States Helstead - Sallyís and Harrisonís aunt, sister of mother

2. Rachel States - 1st cousin of Sally and Harrison, d/o motherís brother, James R. States

Note 1. After the death of James States and his wife, Rachel (Randall), their children were raised by his sister, Sarah States Halstead.

Note 2. This is the Randall/Randel connection that raises the question whether the Randel

store owners, that Sally first worked for, were relatives.

3. Joseph Eastburn - brother

4. Alfred Eastburn - brother

 

U. S. A. Geníl Hospital No. 5

Beaufort, S. C.

April 2nd/64

Dear Sister,

Your noate of the 23rd along with Dear Mothers came to hand Thursday eav. I am very glad indeed to here that you have got well again. I wroat to you some time ago though I presume you had not got it before you wroat as you said nothing about it. I received a letter from Brother Alfred1 a short time ago, stating that he (along 6 others) had been detailed as orderlies for Davis, and also saying that they expected to start home soon. Well Dear Sister, you requested me to send you my photograph I would rather wait until I get some sort of uniform. I have drawn no clothing since I got wounded. I dont believe much in patronizing the soldiers robbers any how down here I get no more of them than I can help. They have $5 a dos. for them here

We had quite a fire in the city the other eav. one Hospital burnt to the ground, though all the inmates were taken out uninjured.

Well, Dear Sister, here is some reading matter a lady gave me wile over at the Sanitary Commission yesterday I have red them so I thought perhaps they would be interesting for some of you to read. So I will send them to you. I suppose you hadnt herd that I have become a veteron. they have done away with the name invlad Corp and and gave them the name of the veteron reserve Corps the invlad Corps was intended to be a Corps of honer, but from accounts I see in the paper, they seem to think they have got some in it that does not deserve to be in it. Well, Dear Sister, I will now close with my love to you all. From Your Affectionate Brother

Harrison W. Eastburn

To Sister Sarah R. Eastburn

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1. Alfred Eastburn - brother

 

Port Royal, S. C.

May 27, 1764

Friend Sarah,

I will now take the liberty to write you a few lines to let you know that we arrived a Port Royal safe and sound on the 16th after a pleasant voyage of four days Iíve found all of the boys well, and anxious to see us. Both of your brothers1 are well. I have not seen Harrison2 yet. Now Sadie, I will not write much this time, for I an in a hury. the mail will go out pretty soon. I have forgotten wether you got one of my cards or not - But I will send you one. You promised me one of yours, therefore I shall expect it pretty soon. I do think Southampton beats any place for pretty girls that I have seen yet - and I think that I will come there to live when my time is out.

Well I will bring my letter to a close by informing you that I am well and I sincerely hope these few lines will find you the same. From you true friend

Reuben H. Krewson

Good Bye

Write soon

Miss Sade Eastburn

Please forward

 

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1. Joseph and Alfred Eastburn - Sallyís brothers, in 104th Pa Vols with Reuben

2. Harrison Eastburn - Sallyís brother, previously in 104th, but wounded, now at Hospital in Beaufort , S. C.

 

Hilton Head S. C. June 6th 64

My Dear Sister

With plasure I knw seat myself to write a few lines to you and I hope they will meet you enjoying good and fine Spirits for I am happy to inform you that they leave me enjoing the same Blesings and I hope to soon hear of your enjoing the Same.

Thear is no new of any impertance to tell you so you need not expect mutch I am orderly for general Hatch now I have it very nice in fact all of the men has nicer times then they had on Maris island thear aint so mutch Duty to do as thear was it is getting very warm down hear now thear is some talk of Carnal takeing the regiment to Beaufort to stay this summer but I donít know wether thear is any thruth in it ore not Beaufort is a very nice place I was up there yeasterday I saw Harrison1 and stayed all night with him he looks first rate his arm has heald up pretty will but it is very weak his arm has fell away so it will take it a good while to get right sound again I donít think he will be fit for service before his time is out the Hospital that he is in is a very nice place Splendid large brick building and the yards is full of kiferent kinds of trees such as lemon and oringes and fig trees but still he wants to get back to the regiment I think if I was in his place I would stay whear he was I think he is better off.

thear has not been mutch sickness down hear yet as I know of I hear the small pox is pretty bad out amongst the nigers thear is a vilage of them about a half of a mile from us they say they have it pretty bad and they alow them to crum about amongst the soldiers it ought not to be alowed

Well Sade I believe I donít go to any more balls or partyes that is played out with me but never mind when we come home again we will play it is again

I quess I have told you about all of the news and that aint mutch So therefore I will close for the present and with our love to you. Will Davis2 and ragans3 sends they regards to you Well when you write send me you picture and tell M Alice4 to send hers so now I will Bid you adieu.

I remain yours as ever

your affectionate Brother

Alfred Eastburn Co I 104th

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1. Harrison Eastburn - brother, served in same unit, wounded, presently at hospital in Beaufort, SC

2. Will Davis - army buddy in unit

3. William Ragan - army buddy in unit and beau

4. Mary Alice Eastburn - sister

Hilton Head S. C.

June the 5th 1864

Respected friend

I now sit down to write to you according to promise It was my intention to have gotten over tohave seen you but you all is gold that glitters so it is with mans hopes man proposes and God disposes but in my case I was the one that proposes and the Adjutant General disposes in his Offices at Washington D. C. so I had to git off to my regiment in hot haste I say ho hoho would not be a soldier. Well Saide I want you to send me your photograph you know what you promised me at the party I shall send you mone as soon as I get them from Philadelphia. Alf1 and Joe2 are both well and hearty as can be Will Regan3 says he is looking for a letter from you with those photographs you and Alice4 owes him. he says he not only wants the photogrpahs but a good long letter toacompnay them. My eye get no better and it is really a hardship for me to see to write so I shall look for you to excuse my scribbling and shortness of letter hopeing to do better the next time I write when I shall say something about Military matter please write soon and give me the news for you do not know how it lightens the heart of one at least a soldier no more at present.

good by Yours Truly

Theodore Hoff

Direct to Theodore Hoff

Co. F 104 Regt. P. V.

Hilton Head Port Royal S. C.

 

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1. Afred Eastburn - Sallyís brother, in 104th

2. Joseph Eastburn - Sallyís brother, in 104th

3. William Ragan - army buddy and beau

4. Mary Alice Eastburn - Sallyís sister

 

Ward 6 Division No 1 U S Geníl Hospital, Beaufort S C

July 16th 1864

Dear Sister,

This afternoon I sit down with pen in hand for the pleasure of ressponding to your kind and most wellcom letter, of the 26th, ult. which reached me July 5th I was very glad to here from you and to here that your imployers are kind to you.

You requested me to send you some little books! I will try to fulfill it but I fear I have none that will interest you much, I have no very suitable ones to send the little girl: I will send her the Soldierís Song Book.

I will send you a ring with this which I cut out of bone since I was wounded. The Soldiers has offered to give any price I wished to make them rings to send This I suppose is most too heavy to ware.

Well Brother Al1, has been up to see me again. The Geníl didnt take him along with the expedition so as he had nothing to do he got permission to come up to see me again. I suppose you have herd all the details of the expedition before this time. The Col. was brought here wounded. I went to see him he promised to have me returned to my regt as soon as they could The Regt is at the head again and they have a great many on the Sick List. I have been quite unwell myself this last week I have the diarhea prety bad. though I am better this afternoon. We have a good doctor here he is from our state, he will bring me all rite again soon.

Well Dear Sister. I have nothing very interesting to narate for you. and my hand is so trembly to day that I can scarcly govern it to write at all. So I will close with my love to you and all inquiring friends.

From your ever affectionate Bro.

Harrison W. Eastburn

To Sister S R Eastburn

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1. Alfred Eastburn - brother

 

Camp near Winchester, Va

October 30th 1864

My Dear Sister

I is with I now seat myself to answer your kind and welcome letter with I received aboout two weeks ago at the I got it we wear lying at Martinsburg and we have been marching and guarding wagon trains ever sense till day before yesterday we came from the front down here to relive a grigade that has been lying hear for some time and now we have taken thear places and sent them to the front and I guess we will stay hear until the main army falls back and that wont be till after the presidential election I mean not till after we get uncle Abe in for four years more. Joe1 got a letter from you the same day that I did they each had a photograph in you wanted to know witch I thought was the best. Well I tell you I think the one you sent me is the best and Joe thinks his is the best and thats the way the money goes and now I must tell you how my money goes. When we left Martinsburg I put yours and Rabs2 pictures in my album and put it in my knapsack and we started on a march to the front and lost my knapsack and all my clothing and everything I had and them two new shirts that mother sent me is gone in all I alost about thirty dollars worth and mow you see I have lost all of them pretty girls that has gone back on me in the letter writing espesly Miss van Sant3 Davis4 and Ragan5 is will and they said they would except of your picture very readily When you send them donít send them to me Send them to the ones that you want to have them you did not say wether that fall that Mary finey6 got knocked any of that Devilish Teclsh[??] out of her or not. if it didnt then I hope the next time she falls down them stone steps she will brake her Devilish head and see if that wont fetch Regan just came in the tent and he said he has got a new album and there is just room enough for another picture and he said yours would just fit it out I believe I have told you all so I will close for this time these few lines leaves us in good health hoping they will find you all enjoing the same give my love to all enquiring friends and keep a large portion for yourself rite soon to your

Brother Alfred Eastburn

to Sallie East.

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1. Joseph Eastburn, brother of Sallie and Alfred

2. Rabs (girl) , unknown

3. Miss van Sant, unknown

4. William Davis, army buddy and beau of Sallie

5. Thomas Reagan, army buddy and beau of Sallie

6. 1st cousin Mary Helstead Finney, d/o Sarah Eastburn Helstead, Sallieís fatherís sister

Bermuda front Va

Feb. 14, 1865

Kind Friend

I take the liberty to write you a few lines to inform you that I would like you to fulfill you promise that you made last spring a bout that photograph you promise to send So I have bin lucking for it ever sence I came back but look was in vain So this morning I came off of yard and most of the boys was on picket so everthing was quiet I thought I would write you a few lines to remind you of that photograph you promise me. Mary Allice1 all so promise me hers I wish you would pleas tell her a bout it I did not think that of the lady of Southampton I give five of my photographs out up thair and only got too in return. I have got rume in my album fore them there that is to come yet well how dou you like citty life by this time

I supose you would sooner be thair then in the country if you was like me you would chuse the country before the city Joe2 and Al3 is well and in good spirits it has been cold here this two ore three day but now I think it will be nice whether here now the famly is all well wat dou you think of the peace question I think it is pladout [sic] I hope G. Grant and Sherman is our peace commisioners let the men of the north join hart and hand and Zn [sic] then we will have peace to our country and onner to our nation well I must close I supose you will get tired of reading such babbling pleas excuse poor writing and spelling and all mistake give my regard to all of the family

I close hopeing to hear from you soon from your els[sic]

William Ragan

Co B 104 P V

Bermuda Hundred VA

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1. Mary Alice Eastburn, sister of Sally

2. Joseph Eastburn, brother of Sally

3. Alfred Eastburn, brother of Sally

 

Camp ot the 104th P. V.

Bermuda Front, Va.

February 21th 65

My Dear Sister

With plasure I take the present opportunityof writing a few lines in answer to your kind and welcome letter witch I received on the 19th I was glad to hear that you had got well again these few linew leaves us all well and in good health hoping that these few linew may find you all in good health when they reach you

We had quite a lively time on the hight of the 61th [sic] We weare on picket and it was a very dark night in a peace of woods and about 1 oíclock we heard a noise out in the woods in front of us but it wasnt long before we knowed what it was they come up with in about fifty yards of us and fired a volly at us and then set up one of those howling yells and made a charge on us but we met them like so many rocks they could not drive us an inch and it was so dark that they got afraid to come any further and thear officers couldnt get them any closer to us So they broke and ran back to thear own line they make an attack somewhere on our line nearly evry night but this time they made it on our line right in front of the post that we weare on Thear was four of us on that post thear was James Erwin1 Merit South2 and Will Ragan3 and myself and when daylight came we went out wheare they had been and found two ded men lying thear and we could see whear they had been some wounded by the blood thear was some deserters came in that night and said that thear loss was three kiled and about a twelve wounded and one of themthat was kiled was shot by James Erwin he had his gun nearly against him when he shot him I dont mean to say that ws four men done all of this because thear was posts on our right and left that helped us. Joe4 had a post on our right about a fifty yards from us they helped us and Thomas Simms5 he is corporal now he had a post on our left they helped us also and others but luckly thear wasnt a man hurt on our side thear men are desserting evry night now last night thear was 12 privates and one sargent and one officer came on our lines they keep coming evry night and night before last thear was a reb Cornel and five men came in they all have the same yarn all tired of fighting they say thear confedercy is done up and we have good news from Sherman he is a knocking things in South Carlina it is reported hear that Columbia is taken and Charleton is evacuated this twenty doler bill I want you to give to mother to keep for me I got it out of one of them ded menís jacket I got his pocket book heíd had Sixty dolers in it the man that James Erwin shot and I gave it to him and he devided it around two us he have mothers bill and I want it waved I guess I have give you enugh of war news and by the looks of my room all other news so I will close with my respects to all no more

from your Brother

Alfred Eastburn.

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1. James Erwin, army buddy

2. Merit South, army buddy

3. Will Ragan, army buddy and beau

4. Joseph Eastburn, brother

5. Thomas Simms, corporal and army buddy

Bermuda Hundred

March 12, 1865

Dear Sister

I reseved a letter from some two weeks ago I was verry much pleased to hear from you but sorry to hear that you was in ill health. Alf1 reseved one from Mother last night dated the 8th She said you had been right poorly but was getting better witch I was glad to hear, I think you have a hard thring of it at home I beleve you all have had a spell of sickness this winter but thank fortune you have all been spared so far I hope by the time this reaches you it will find you in a better condition. Tell Mary Alice2 I have not had a letter from her yet but am looking eveery night for one. I hear Mary A Karr3 is liveing with you if so tell her I would be pleased to hear from her I have geen thinking of writing to uncle Johns girls4 I expect they think it queer that I never go their or write to them, but I have more than I can tend to keep you folks at home sattisfied with with writing , but give them my kind simpathy and tell them they will hear from me soon, when you write give me their directions, there is little or no news from here that would interest you, I send $20.00 in this letter you can give ten to Mary Alice and keep the other tem fore your self it is not a very big present but it will buy a stick of candy, I have just wrote Linford5 a letter and am a going to start them both to gether when you write let me know if he got it or not. I expect you have saw Lanni Larry6 before this time he is home on a furlow his time will be out in a few days. Well I beleve I cant think of eny more so I will close with my kindes love to you all Write soon and tell the rest to write.

From your Brother

Joseph Eastburn

Co B 104 P.V.

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1. Alfred Eastburn - brother

2. Mary Alice Eastburn - sister

3. Mary A. Karr - unknown

4. Uncle John Eastburn - brother of Josephís father, had several girls about Josephís age -

Alice, Martha, Jane, Sarah, Susan, Mary Ann, and Margaret

5. Linford Eastburn - brother

6. Lanni Larry - unknown, handwriting very poor at this spot, could be many spellings with same number of humps and loops.

Bermuda front Va

March 17, 1865

Kind Friend

Your very kind letter has been recieved and it is with pleasure I sit down to reply to it I am much pleased to hear that you are a geting better I hope by this time you are enjjoying good health as fore myself I am happy to say well and harty I hardly know what to write. news is so scarce I have not seen any account of Sherman for Several days but there is no fear but that he will come out right side up with care the Jonnys finds him rather a hard pill to swallow Tha have found out that he is fore the union right or rong he is bound to go iwhile he young how are you Sheridan he is another good man in the right place the Jonney hate him worse than a black snake he is the man to gain victory over them.

you sade that the rebel general Early was captured I guess you have found out diferent by this time you wanted to know when I received a letter from Sallie A States1 I have not received a letter from her for nearly a year that is keeping up a prety regular corrispondence aint it She sent me her photograph and I sent her back a letter to let her know that I got it if you see her give her my best respect tell Mary A. Eastburn2 your sister if you know her to to send her photograph to me if she live up to her promis well what do you think of the war I think it will be over by next July the deserters come in very fast tha say that the Confedrcy is go up tha are clad very poorly tha say that this summer will finish it up If that is so that will be gay dont you think so if Sheridan keeps on I think it will b over Ale3 and Joe4 is well and send thair love to all of the famly Alf told me to send his respect when I told him that I was a going to write but he did not know that I was a going to write to you well I must close for ther is nothing to write remmerber me to all inquirrirs I expect to wee yourphotograph in the next hoping to hear from you soon again I close with my

kind regards and best wishes

your sincere friend

William Ragan

to S. R. E.

pleas excuse foor speling and bad writing and poorly compose letter.

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1. Sallie A. States - relationship unknown

2. Mary Alice Eastburn - Sallyís sister

3. Alfred Eastburn - Sallyís brother

4. Joseph Eastburn - Sallyís brother

 

Camp of the 104th

Burmuda front, Va

March 29th 1865

My dear Sister

With Plasure I now seat myself to answer your kind and welcome letter witch came two hand on the 25th I was very glad to hear from you and to hear that you was all well for I an happy to inform you that these few lines leaves us all in the best of health at present. hoping that they may find you all engoing the same blessings When they reach you tell Bobart1 I am mutch oblige to him for that nice interesting Song that he sent me in your letter but sure enugh Why dont they do it now yet why dont they Because we just growed a little

Well the news is very good as far as we have heard. grant has had a prety heavy fight on our left and has come out victorious so far but they are still fighting we dan hear the roar of the artilery plain from hear the fight commenced last Saturday thear loss in that days fight is estimated at 6 thousand while ours was only about eight hundred Considerable of a diference isnt thear I supose we will hear something of Sheridan he pased through hear with his calvery and artilery last Sunday and Sunday night the general opinion is that he has gone to open communications with Sherman and then keep out of the way Beauregard Johnson Brag and Lee Sis or else you will get gobled I tell you they are fighting hard on our left by the way the cannons are roring I can hear them plain while I am writing it sounds as thow our fellows had got further in the range of Petersburg than they where a day ore to ago

I guess I have told you about all of the news so I will bring my letter two a close William Davis2 and Ragan3 wishes to be remembered to you all give my respect to all enquiring friends and keep a good share foryourself no more at present

I remain aas ever

you affectionate Brother

Alfred Eastburn

to Sally R Eastburn

Ask harry4 what in the D. has got into him that he has never rote sense he left us I guess he has got up in the world sinse he is going to church.

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1. Robert Eastburn, younger brother

2. William Davis, army buddy

3. William Ragan, army buddy and beau

4. Harrison Eastburn, brother also in 104th who was wounded

 

Beaufort SC May 21 1865

dear Sister

I take this

opportunity of writing a few lines to you to let you know that we are all well and in good health hoping these few lines may find you engoing the same health when they reach you. I reseived you kind and welcom letter witch came to hand a few days ago you must excuse me for not writing sooner I will try and answer the next one sooner I received a letter from Cousin Sarah Ann Croft1 the other day They have all been sick but they have all got well again except her she has the nerology in the face I answered it yesterday.

It is very warm down here I think the South will agree with us firstrate I like it better down hear than I did in Virginia. we have the nigers at work on the plantation uncle Sam is agone to have a Crop of Coton this sumer independent of the rebs

Beaufort is the prettiest town I have seen in the South it has been a nice place for the peopel of Charleston to come out in the Sumer time and spend the warm months But I guess we will have charge of it this summer

we are busy at work on forts and other works now we have one large fort done if the rebs keeps away a little longer we will have it so they cant take it

I cant tell you mutch news now because we only I get the papers once in ten day if all is true that we hear form the army of the Potomac Richmond must be taken if so the war will soon come to sone kind of an end well dear Sister you are quite young to be ware you are where thear is so mutch blayarding agone on at knight I supose you are not in the store at knights But I supose you thought you would haft to do something for a living But try and keep your self respectable witch I supose you do try and stay in good company Reckalect we have a mother who cares for us for my sake I will close for this time rite soon this is from your ever loving brother

Alfred Eastburn

to dear Sister Sarah Eastburn

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1. Sarah Ann Croft, 1st cousin to Alfred and Sallie, d/o Lavina States Croft, sister of Sallieís mother. They had moved to Ohio and then, by the time of this letter, had moved to Illinois

 

Norfolk Virginia

May the 27th 1865

My Dear Sister

With pleasure I now seat my self to wrtie a few linew to you I have forgot witch rote the last letter Weather you ore I did but anyhow I have nothing to do this afternoon so I will attempt to write a few lines to inform you of our present welfare it is raining verry fast hear to day and has been doing so for about a week it would be very nasty under foot iff we whear encamped out on the ground but thanks to God We are done trailing through the mud and what little trailing we haft to do now we have pavement for. Well how do you like tending store in the city mother told me that you whear tending store on Second Street do you like it thear better than you did at Randels and what kind of a store do you have a Clothing store ore a grocery store or a rum shop and iff it is the latter how do you sell rum by the basketfull ore do you stand out in front and catch peopal by the coatails and haul them in and make them by weather they whant to ore not ore do you black peopal boots when they come in or do you run erands with a weelbarrow or what do you haft to do I whant the full perticulars and iff thear is any pretty girls thear Just give themmy highest regards and warmest wishes for thear future welfareand tell them we will be marching home as soon as we get a good ready

We are all awaiting anksously for the time to come for them to muster us out but I guess we wont hardly get out this summer I whant to get out more now than ever I did I was satesfied to stay in the field as long as thear was need for us but now the war is over and I whant to get home although we are having nicer times than ever we had before bu we are not satesfied We whant to come to our morthern homes and enjoy the comforts of a home life a little while and then we will be ready for the emergency again yes again (thinks I to myself) (over the left)

Well I shall bring myletter to a close it is about supper time and I haft to walk about five squares to get it I an orderly at the provost marshal office every other day I am on to day but I never have nothing to do but sethear and scribble these few lines leaves us in good health hoping they will find you in the same health give my regards to all enquiring friends and my love Tecolect my love to all the pretty gals and keep a Chip Basket full for yourself so I will close Good Day

I remain as ever

your affectionate Brother

Alfred L. Eastburn

Co B 104th Pa Vol

 

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