The Ed Italo Collection
6th Vermont Infantry
Mather Family CorrespondencePatricks Station Near PEtersburg Va.
Feb. 24th 1865
Your kinde letter was very happily recieved by me the 22d. It found me well and all right. You spoke about Warren and I agreeing better while he was hear than we had for some time past. We always agreed, but once of course, you know when that was. And there never was a word spoken between us about it while he was hear. I thot as much of Warren as any brothers I had. No one could feel worse than I did when I head of his death. I could have cried untill this time if it would have done any good. but Nellie, such are the fortunes of war and we must submit to the fate of all our friends that are taken from us through this long and awfull strugle. For it is a just cause and we are on the right side and time will prove it to the world.
The Johnnies are deserting and comming into our lines now right smart. From daylight yesterday morning untill daylight this morning there was fifty four came into our Brigade. John Dickey was taken Prisoner the 14th of Sept. last in a skirmish at Opequan Creek. One boy from this Company that was aquainted with him and is in the sharp shooters, was on the line with him and seen the Rebs when they took him. Seen them take him to the rear. His name is Morton Sanderson, he told me about it yesterday. Levi Wilder was taken prisoner in June about five miles from hear and is now dead. His Capt. has had an Official Report of his death. Willmoth Ayers is also reported dead but no Official Report has been recieved as yet.
There was a Johnnie Sergt. with 2 guards, 2 men to chp 1 teamster with a six mule team sent out after wood yesterday between their picket line and ours and when they go a load, they made the driver drive the team wood and all into our lines and they all come with the team. They are getting so that they stick sticks and soap in the guards guns and spike the cannons so that they can desert with out being shot. Colons, and Majors and Capts, And Lieuts. and even Brigadier Generals are comming in our lines almost every day. What do you think of that.
Our boys go out every day between the Picket lines and trade soap with the Rebs for tobaco, and if one of them wants to come in with them they fetch him along of course. The same Division that fought us the 19th of Oct. is in front of us now. They say that they never was whipped until that day but they owned up that they got whipped fair that day and say that they had rather meet aney other Div. in our armey than the Second Div. of the 6 Corps. One of them asked our boys the other day what state we were from. He told him from Vermont. Yes said the Johnnie I thot you was Vermounters. The boys asked him what they thot of Genl. US Grant. Oh said he, we thinks he's a brick. Well then said another, why dont you come over hear. Well said the Johnnie, I reckon I'le go a fishing one of these nights. We have got the new of the capture of Willmington and fired a salute to day.
You must write often as you can. I will try and answer your letters. I am an old Batch now and have no one to write to but my sisters. I will try and do better than I have in writing.
Good bye for this time sister Nellie,From Asa