February 2012

First page of Tousley's letter. HCP Collection.

Camp Michigan Feb 23/62

Dear Friend Matthew I received your letter A few minutes ago and now proceed to answer it. It found me well and tough hoping these few lines will find you the same I am very glad to hear that you are getting better but it will be A great while yet I fear before we shall see you again in camp I Rec’d A letter from Dwane last Tuesday he is gaining slowly but I hope to se him in the Army once more I carried the enclosed letter you sent to lieutenant Crawford myself, he was glad to hear from you and also to hear that you had got the clothes that were sent to you well Matthew as I spoke of sending you some stamps in my last letter I will explain myself here. The letter was written in A hurry and I forgot to put them in the letter until it was to late but however I will sent them this time and you need not think of paying me for them for I have more stamps than I shall use before next payday the Boys are all well that are here But there has one more gone home on A furlough that is Tully he went from here day before yesterday morning I do not know as I have any more news to write at present this from your friend Dwight Tousley Co E
it is time for Dress parade and I must stop for this time

Levi M. Tully, mentioned above, was embroiled in quite the saga after he went on his furlough. You can read his involved tale by clicking here.


Who’s Matthew Baird?

First page of Deits' letter. HCP Collection.

Head Quarters 104th Regt Penn.
Carvars Barracks Meridian Hill
Washington D.C.

Feb. the 17th 1862

Kind & respected Friend

I take this opportunity to write you a few lines to let you know how I am & where I am. As you will see by this I have not got to Port Royal yet & the prospect is not verry good for getting there verry soon if ever. When I got to Washington I was sent to Gen. Caseys Office & he sent me here. I am in a Pennsylvania regiment & they are quartered in barracks which are verry Comfortable they are on meridian Hill same place where my regt camped when we first got to Washington & in sight of the Hospital where I was in October. I shal get a lot of Clothing today. I shal stay here for the present & after a spell I will get a pass to town & go to the Quarter Master Generals office & see if I can get a pass to go to my regiment & if I can’t do it I will content myself to stay in this regt. This regiment is in a brigade of four thousand men under the command of Gen. Casey the Colonel of this regt acting Brigadier there are two Penv. regts here one New York regt & one Maine regt. The barrack ar in the form of a hollow square of six or seven acres  Each Company has a building by its self  I think I shall do well enough to stay here, the boys all seems to think that this brigade will not leave here at all I don’t think any more to write now but I will write to you again after a while when I get a little more regulated  No more at present So good bye This from your friend and well wisher  Amasa H Deits

P.S. I will write a little more for I have not done verry well this time I have not got a verry good place to write & so you must Excuse my poor writing  I hope you will get over your lameness before long so that you can help yourself again  I expect that there will be some letters there for me after a few days & I should like to have them down here, if you could have your ward master see the Post master and have him forward them to me I would be glad if you could do that the directions will be as follows Amasa H. Deits Co. J. 104th Regt Penn. Vols. Carvers Barracks Meridian Hill Washington D.C., I suppose that there will be a couple there for me before long  No more this time yours

Amasa H. Deits

Give my respects to all the boys


Amasa H. Deits was from Kent County and enlisted in 8th Michigan Infantry, Co. H on September 5th, 1861. He was assigned to  Co. I, 104th Pennsylvania Infantry sometime after October 1861. He likely met Baird when they were both in the hospital, which he mentions in the letter. He lived out the term of his service in the 104th Pennsylvania and was discharged due to wounds on September 30th, 1864 and lived in Charlevoix, Michigan for a time.  He eventually located to Hesperia in Oceana County, Michigan where he purchased property in 1877 and was a founding member of a local G.A.R. chapter in 1879. He was drawing a pension of $4.00 per month in 1883. He married his wife Rhobia in 1874 and they had three children together, only one of which was living by 1900, their daughter Idaline. Amasa passed away in 1907 and is buried in the West Hesperia Cemetery in Oceana County, Michigan, click here for an image of his tombstone.

Baird has received letters from Dwight Tousley previously, to read more about him and his brother Duane, click here. He mentions many other fellow soldiers in this letter, links to more information have been placed at their names.

Camp Michigan, Feb. the 12th, 1862

Friend Matthew. I have just Rec’d you letter of the tenth Inst and was very sorry to hear such news from you for I had almost began to look for you here but as that cannot be I will do all I can for you at least for I know how to pity a poor inmate of the Hospital especialy at Annapolis for I got tired of it while I was there but I will dwell on this no longer. I went Immediately to the captain after reading your letter & found that your clothes had been overlooked after being packed up ready to send to you untill yesterday morning when the captain started them to Annapolis I suppose you will receive them before this reaches you the captain was sorry to hear that you were sick again after being detailed in the hospital And so were the boys. Mr Ward  was very well satisfied with his tickets but said he did not look for any thing of the kind until he see you again you had not need of sending those tickets to me for remailing your letters for the quarter more than paid me for all the letters I have sent you excuse my blunders if you please I meant to mention the quarter that I got of Drake but I know you will excuse me when I tell you I wrote this in an awful hurry to get it done before Dress parade so that I can send it on its errand early in the morning W.K. Ferris had gone home before I came from Annapolis, I must tell you about our new guns we have got the Austrian

.54 Caliber Lorenz Pattern Austrian Rifle, Mfg. 1860. Supposedly carried during the Civil War. HCP Collection

Rifles and they will do good shooting from 120 rods to A half mile Duane and Andrew Killpatrick  have gone home on A furlough of 30 days the rest of the boys are all well I believe but Abrams Eddy he is in the Hospital at Alexandria you will find enclosed some stamps to mail letter to me with Well Matthew I guess I have written all the news but forgot to tell you how I am getting as tough as A Bear again and weigh the same as I did last summer Well Matthew I will not tire you by writing any more this time but if there is anything more I can do for you please mention it and I will attend to it immediately this from your ever faithful friend   Dwight Tousley

Write soon and let me know Whether you have received your clothes or not

Abrams Eddy was from Clinton County and enlisted at the same time as Baird. He was discharged in October 1862 in Edward’s Ferry, Maryland. To see an image of his tombstone, click here.


Who’s Matthew Baird?

Last pages of Kilpatrick's letter. HCP Collection.

To see a photo of this letter’s author and an image of his grave, click here.

Camp Mich Feb the 12

Friend Matthew Baird

It is with pleasure that I take up my pen to adress you  A few lines to let you know how I get along  I am well and enjoying good health and wish that you were the same  I am very sory to here that you are still in so bad A situation in helth. Andrew Kilpatrick like yours self has ben sick all fall and winter he went home on A furlow for 30 days on the 30 of last month. I advised him not to come till he gets better. dear friend I would advise you to get A furlow or A discharge and as soone as you are able to stand the ride home to do so  I know that you do not want A discharge, for you used to tell us what your mind was in that respect. do not be offended at this advise which I have given you, you have done your duty faithfully as A soldier of the union and being deprived of good health you should at once get discharged that is as soone as practicable  there is now use of your throwing away your valuable life, but I feel that I am advising one that would like to be with us but let us remember that all is for the best  let us pute our trust in God and all will  be well with us. dear Brother it is still my determination to prove faithful to the greatest and best causes that we have to do while on earth. I hope you still Trust in that arm that is able to save you and dear Friend if we never mete here again on Earth let us while live here on Earth live so as to mete in Heaven. as it is about time for dres parade I will have to close Pray for Me and I will do the same by you and may God bless you and keepe you from all harm is the Prayer of A Friend              James Kilpatrick

To Matthew Baird

Ps dear sir you will excuse my bad scollaship Yours truly           Js Kilpatrick

James Kilpatrick was from Barry County and enlisted in Co. E of the 3rd Michigan at the same time as Baird. He was discharged for disability at Upton’s Hill, Virginia on September 30th, 1862. He  passed away in 1899 and was buried in Bliss Township, Emmet County, MI. To learn more about James and his younger brother Andrew, mentioned in the letter, click here.


Who’s Matthew Baird?