The Civil War: Son Dies of Illness While Serving With Union Army

Letters to family from lost son and others detail his time with the Union Army, and his last illness during the Civil War.

| Good Old Days

Telling the story of a lost son, the following letters were sent to Mrs. Remembrance Savidge during the Civil War. Her son, John, died in 1864 from an illness while serving with the Union Army.

Port Huston, S.C. 
January 21, A.D., 1864 
My dear friend, 

It is with great pleasure that I am permitted this morning to rite you a few lines to let you know that I have not forgotten you, yet tho I am many miles from you while you are at home enjoying the pleasures of life and I am in what is called the sunny south standing the stormes. We will stand the stormes, it won't be long till this cruel war is over. 

I am well at this time and the rest of the boys are hoping these few lines may find you in the same state of health. Well, John, I have saw some hard times since I saw you. We have bin in 18 fights, our company has only lost two men in battle. We have bin lucky. 

The boys that you know is all well. We have lost a good meney men by sickness. We are at Port Huston. We have bin to New Orleans and 300 miles west of there. When you write, direct your letters to Co. H, 118th Il1.'s Cavalry, Department of the Gulf. 

From friend Jesse F. Bennett  
To John Savidge 

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