Newton M. Thomas
Newton M. Thomas enlisted in the 45th OVI on June 14, 1862 and mustered into Company A on August 19. He was absent on furlough at an unspecified time, possibly during the illness described in the second of the following letters. He survived the war, however, and mustered out on June 12, 1865. At the time of the 10th regimental reunion, in 1885, he was listed as living in Darbyville, Pickaway County.
Feb 12th 1863
My Dear Beloved
it has been a long time since I have resieved a letter from you but I am truly glad to here you are still alive and injoying good health. thoes few lines find me in the same state of health. I was vary sory to here you did not resieve your letters as you should have done. though I hope thare will be no time lost for we will make it up here after. I think it was not a vary good act of any one taken letters out of the office that did not belong to them for I did not now anything of your father and aunt nowing anything of our corrispondence but even if they doe its not aunty or your father I am courting its you your self individuly. althoug the time may be short or long, when I return I will and see you and see how she is a getting along for the is long to be remberd in this trublesom warefare.
althoug we aint a going to take it as we have been doing we are agoing to take it on horse back as our regt as got to be a cavalty regt. the old 45 the runkle gards they thought them selves large but now they think them selves a great deal larger. our regt has left camp Ellabishop and gon to Danville. they left new years day. I left at the same time and come here to hospital No. 4 and I still still reside at the same place. my recupation (recuperation) is mutch mor agreeable her than it was when I was with the regt.
I am getting along as well as any one could expect. I am well pleased and well satisfied. we have some vary lively times at our house plenty to eat and plenty to drink all kinds of chicken fixens. the best of all we have two pirty ladys at our house to get up all thoes things. they are vary lively and fool of fun. they are vary good hands to crack seom good jokes with the boys. one is from mish and the other is a Ky an. they are bouth Union teath and toenail. that is more than some of the boys are that I left be hind. if you come a cross any secesh just let them pass down this way and we will take care of them for they are like poison to us. I have not kilded one yet but dont no how soon I will get the other piece [letter ends].
General Hospital No. 4
February 26, 1863
My Dear beloved friend,
I received your kind letter on the 25th and was very glad to here from you and to here you was ever true and well and in good hart but I am very sory to tell you that I am not in good health at present. I have been sick for a short time. I have something like the entermiting fever. I have been in bed over a week. I am able to let up for a short time now, and feel as though I was a getting better and I hope again I resieve your next letter I will be considerable better.
I tell you we have had a grate excitement her for a few days. the report was that the rebbles was comeing in to this place. we all expected to be parooled. there was a force of rebbles with in 3 or 4 miles of this town. they took some of our boys prisoners and we took some of there men prisoner and among the rest we took John Morgans brother. how mutch force they had I can not say for there was so many reports but they have skedaddled back our men after them. the old 45 are after them. the 44 ad others so many they ar to tedious to mention. they last we herd they was some 40 miles from her and our boys with in a nightes of them.
you sed in your other letter that Mr. Mclocklin and Miss Yates was mired (married). I know him firstrate and jus knew her when I seen <?> her. I hope he had done well and got a fine wife for I think he was a firstrate fellow. if you have a chance give him my love and best wishes or respects hopeing we may injoy the same pleasure. this is my sentiments if ever I return.
I am very glad to her that you resieve your letters without having so mutch trouble. I am glad to here your brothers ar so good and kind to you for that is they aught to be. you said wat if father had of seen that letter. I suppose he would got a little kind of spunky over it but it would not have made any difernce to me for I wanted to let him know that I was a spunky as he was. I did not think that our letters did concern him. I thought he was so old that he would not truble him self but how so ever. I think it will be all be rite her after you spoke of me miring (marrying) one of these ladys here. I never think of it in the least for I no they would not have me. even if they did I could not forget the one I left be hind. that one that proves so kind and true to me. now I must bring my letter to a close. I am very tired and lonesom but still I am ever true to you.
I am your friend as ever.
I bid you adieu
and I will still
remember you that
is which I ask of you