Letter written to Baird from Enos. P. Chandler, a farmer, as noted in the 1880 Census. Born in New York in 1815, he was close to 47 years old at the time this letter was written.

Cedar Creek Oct. 20th 1861

Dear Sir, you letter of the fourth inst, was received by the last mail. I was glad to hear from you, but Sorry to read the news it contained. The Service has lost a good soldier and the country a good citizen. Samuel L. Phillips was a good hearted man, I received the letter you & Linns wrote me, I got it about the first of September owing to sickness in my family I did not answer it, and now it is too late. I wish you would ascertain the name of his Captain and the number of the Company in which he served, and also the amount of pay that was due him at the time of his death, an let me know who to write to, to get information on serving his affairs, myself & family have all been sick this fall but we are better now and we get some news from the army that is cheering to all the neighbors except S. Doud, the Larabees, A. Gordimin & A. Mott. So you see their forces are small in this section. Friend C. P. Dickenson had got up a flag, Uncle P. Howard also, and we all take off our hats as we pass under them, you may rest assured, that our prayers are for the Safety of the Nation & its Brave Defenders Oh, Matthew you cant imagine how often I have wished myself ten years younger or at least, healthy and robust, that I might take part in this struggle. Jonathan Valentine and two of Mr. McShane’s boys, just over in Baltimore [Township], they went to Chicago. Hewey S. Johnson lost his wife this summer, and he is about being married again we have a very wet fall, but no frost to speak of until this morning and then not very severe. Wheat is mostly going in late, in consequence of wet weather. Crops are very good this season I do not think of any think of any thing more of importance to write and therefore will draw this lengthy epistle to a close, if your patience is exhausted by reading this, write to me again as soon as you can and I will endeavor to be more prompt for the future, this from your Sincere Friend and well wisher Enos. P Chandler

To Matthew Baird

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PS Please write soon and let me know all you can learn of Linn’s affair
                                                                                                                                   E.P. C.

Samuel L. Phillips  was from Ottawa County, MI and enlisted in Co. I of the Third Michigan Infantry on May 13, 1861 in Grand Rapids for 3 years, age 32. Mustered June 10, 1861. Died of disease at Georgetown, D.C. Sept. 5, 1861. From Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War 1861-1865, vol. 3.


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