The Civil War in Primary Resources: An Exhibition by the Special Collections Library


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Letter from Samuel V. Fry of the 16th Kentucky Infantry to his sweetheart Ruth Jane Sapp, 1864. He anticipates a major battle soon and tells his “Miss Ruthy” that, “you must not give me up for lost and take some other gentle man in my place.”

[Letterhead] “The U.S. Christian Commission sends this sheet as a messenger between the soldier and his home. Let it hasten to those who wait for tidings.”

July the 31 1864

Camp near Atlanta, Georga

Miss Ruthy Jane Sapp

d Dear Miss i again seat my self down this beautiful morning to drop you a few lines. In answer to your kind letter which i received a few days a go and i was glad to hear from you So this leaves me well and i hope when this comes to hand it may find you in the same health well Jane we are still a fighting the rebs yet we are in a mile of atlanta and there is a big fight every day at this place i have been cut mighty close with musket balls since i have been on this campaign

Samuel survived the war, moved to Missouri and married Clarissa Brammer. He died in 1903 at the age of 63.


U.S. Civil War 1861-1865, Correspondence


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