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Follett Family Album


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John Follett
November 13, 1861 John Follett from Brigade Hospital Ironton to Wife
"We heard that Jeff Tompson (sic) had united with Price and that both were moving on to this place with their force."
December 18, 1861 John Follett from Fort Hovey to Wife
"Those pies and cakes are first rate."
January 28, 1862 John Follett from Fort Hovey to Parents
Jeff Tompson unites with Price - Schofield's battery is ready to march
January 29, 1862 John Follett from Fort Hovey to Wife
"The word came by telegraph, and I tell you the boys were so glad there was the prospect of a fight they just howled."
February 15, 1862 John Follett from Fort Hovey to Wife
"We received news by telegraph last night that Springfield was taken by our troops, and that (Prier) was retreating. Good. I think this war will be ended in two months now..."
March 11, 1862 John Follett from Camp Hardee to Wife
"We have been living now for five days on short rations."
March 26, 1862 John Follett from Camp Hardee to Wife
"We went to Poplar Bluffs for forage."
April 25, 1862 - John Follett from Pitman's Ferry, Arkansas to Wife
On the march from Camp Lippincott at Reeve's station Details of provisions
February 21, 1863 - John Follett from Ironton to Wife
"You must not worry about the big battle that is to come off here soon."
March 28, 1863 John Follett Milliken's Bend, Louisiana to Parents and Sister
"We are only 12 miles above Vicksburg and we can hear the cannons boom, boom, boom, day, and night occasionally."
April 5, 1863 John Follett Milliken's Bend, Louisiana to Wife
May 5, 1863 John Follett near Port Gibson, Mississippi to Wife
Outside Vicksburg
"Grant is having another canal dug and we have got to go down some day this week and dig our share"
June 7, 1863 John Follett from Vicksburg to Wife
"We are still slowly bombarding the forts..."
July 4, 1863 John Follett from Vicksburg to Wife
Surrender of Vicksburg
November 23, 1863 John Follett from Algiers, Louisianna to Wife
Skirmishes around New Orleans and money matters.
December 13, 1863 John Follett from Matagorda Bay, Texas to Wife
Collecting seashells, references of Gen. Burnside being driven back from Knoxville and of Gen. Grant defeating Gen. Bragg.
December 20, 1863 John Follett from Matagorda Bay, Texas to Wife
"I never saw a soldier who was in any way benefited by the sanitary commission..."
January 6, 1864 John Follett from Dearans Point to Wife
"The soldiers are really starving just through the neglect of those who should see that we have enough good food."
January 10, 1864 John Follett from Dearans Point to Wife
On acquiring provisions.
January 16, 1864 John Follett from Indianola, Texas to Wife
Decisions concerning reinlistment, taking a plantation and John's opinion on several Generals.
February 12, 1864 John Follett from New Orleans, Louisianna to Wife
Guarding Conscripts, John changes his mind on reinlistment and writes about his thoughts on patriotism.
June 19, 1864 John Follett from Brasheur City, Louisianna to Parents
The boredom of garrison duty, danger from small pox and John learns of Williams death at Resaca.
December 3, 1864 John Follett from Bantle to Wife
Requesting an orderlies diamond, sending home oranges and soldiers with various problems.
April 28, 1865 John Follett from Montgomery, Alabama to Family
Marching across Alabama and entering Montgomery.
May 1, 1865 John Follett from Montgomery, Alabama to Wife
News of Lee's surrender and of Lincoln and Seward's assasination.
August 3, 1865 John Follett from Meridian, Mississippi to Wife
Chicago Tribune story gets wife's hopes up. Mention of Freed Mens bureau."
William Follett
January 7, 1863 William Follett from Lexington, Kentucky to Sister
I have returned to my regiment as I suppose you knew long since. I returned the Eleventh of last Month and have stood guard every third day Since.
June 16, 1863 William Follett from Mount Vernon to Sister
The Lieut who had charge of our section has been gone to Sommerset Since Sunday & I have had sole charge of the whole thing.
July 24, 1863 William Follett to Parents
Problems with the mail. Anecdote about General Gilmore's unpopularity.
August 21, 1863 William Follett from Sommerset to Family
"Yesterday we hitched up the horses to the guns and took a little field drill which they done better at than the gun drill."
September 14, 1863 William Follett from Athens, Tennnesse to Parents
"We are all in good health and Spirits (having driven the Rebs in all their majesty from this Part of the State."
November 1, 1863 William Follett from Lenoirs Station Tennessee to Family
"Yesterday we were mustered for Pay as we have to muster every two months whether we get any Pay or not I have now Six months Pay due me."
December 10, 1863 William Follett from Beans Station
"The infernal fools were impudent enough to besiege the City of Knoxville where we fell back to according to orders from Grant as he intended to Send a force in their rear & trap them."
February 25, 1864 William Follett near Mount Sterling, Kentucky to Sister
"The infernal fools were impudent enough to besiege the City of Knoxville where we fell back to according to orders from Grant as he intended to Send a force in their rear & trap them. but the reinforcements were slow in getting here"
April 5, 1864 William Follett near Mount Sterling, Kentucky to Mother
"I also asked Capt when my turn for furlough would come in he Said that there were tow other men that he wanted to Send before he did me then my turn would come in."
Other Related Letters
November 21, 1963 A H Follett in Chattanooga to Daughter
"...I arrived in this place 2 weeks ago tomorrow and found M (Mell) alive but very weak & poor yet he seemed to be in good spirits, his wound was a severe one. "
May 15, 1864 Provost Marshal notifies family of William Follett's death
"It becomes my painful duty as Comdt of Co. C 112th Ill. Vol Infty to announce to you the Death of William Follett"
October 8, 1964 F M (cousin) from USS Pittsburg to Cousin
News of the homestead.
June 11, 1865 N Nelson from Little Rock, Arkansas
A letter from a family friend. The war is over and " Soldiering is a bore".
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