Maggie Bowker, HCP Collection

Camp Kellogg
Dec. 3rd 1862

Dearest Maggie,

I now sit down to fulfill my promise to write as soon as I get to camp.

The weather was rather tedious and consequently tedious riding and altogether we would have had rather a dull time of it but Fred Burgaman [Bergman]came with us and a jollier fellow you never saw. He kept us all in a roar of laughter all the time. The most trifling thing he would turn into a joke and so nicely too that one couldn’t help laughing. We did’nt get here till yesterday afternoon.

We had a beautiful fall of snow this morning, and altogether it looks quite wintry. There is but little contrast between our white tents and the snowy carpet that surrounds them. O; for the land of “Dixie”. By the way, I expect we shall soon depart for that land of trouble. The first battalion of our regiment will probably Start next Friday, our destination being Washington. The other battalions will follow as Speedily as possible. My company belongs to the Second battalion and will be off next. Governor Blair is expected to be here tomorrow to inspect the 6th preparatory to moving.

Company K had their horses allotted to them and I had drawn a splendid animal, but I expect to lose him today as there seems to have been a mistake in the allotment, I am sorry, for he was a complete picture.

It may be Maggie that I shall not have the privilege of writing again till I get down to “Dixie”. I expected to have heard from you when I got to camp, but I was very much disappointed. Indeed Maggie the Mails Seem to be awful Slow coming this way.

But, my dear girl, I must close and now as I shall soon leave our laued [likely lauded] State and many weary miles, and lone hours will Separate us, you must not forget to write often. You well know the pleasure it gives to get a few words of remembrance from a friend. O; then do not forget me, my dear girl, write often. And I assure you, there is one who, when far away, will remember you and think of you.

Good bye for this time and I will write as soon as I get to our place of destination and before if I can.

Yours ever,
Constant and True,


(John) Frederick Bergman, was from Hope Township, Barry County, Michigan.Born Nov. 14, 1832. German, immigrated in 1855 with his family. Enlisted in Company k, 6th cavalry Oct. 18, 1862 at Hope for 3 years at the age of 28. Mustered Nov. 11, 1862. Wounded in action at Newby’s Cross Roads near Amissville, VA on July 24, 1863 and transferred to the Invalid Corps April 10, 1864. Discharged at Louisville, KY, Oct. 18, 1865 when his service contract expired. Very little information can be located after his discharge, but he is found living with his son Henry, a farmer, in the 1900 census, he is widowed. Frederick married Harriett E. [Galloway] Bergman c. 1879, though it is not clear if she was his first wife. She passed on Jan. 25, 1900. Harriett was a housewife and all of her 3 children were still living at the time of her death. She died of paralysis of the heart, which had apparently been afflicting her for over a year. Frederick died Jan. 22, 1922 and is buried in the Cedar Creek Cemetery in Barry County.


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