The Civil War Letters of Albert West

March 1862

Pittsburgh Landing (Shiloh)


"During the day we visited the battle-ground of the gun-boat engagement, that took place on the first of the month, and saw the graves of the rebel dead Their burial bad been hurried, for they were but a few inches under ground and many of their faces were exposed to view.

Tuesday morning, March 18th, after a confinement of twelve days on board the boat, we disembarked at Pittsburg Landing. The only buildings there were a store-house, a grocery and a dwelling. From here roads led to the neighboring villages of Corinth and Purdy. The rebels had erected a battery on the high bluffs above the landing some months previous, but it had been captured by the gun-boats on the first of March."

John A. Bering & Thomas Montgomery, 1880


Read more about the events mentioned in this section's letters in the Regimental History



March the 23, 1862
Tenasee near Pittsburg

Dear companion and children,

I take my pen in hand to in form you that I am as well as comin at presant and hope in God these few lines ma find you all well. I received your letter on the 22 and was much pleased to here that you was gitting well and doing the best you could. That is the best any of us can do. You say that boy has left you. You had better get some body to stay with you if you can for I want you to take care of your self and children the best you can until I come home. I think we can come in a mont or to. We do not here very much newse here but we think the war is a bout over, at least we hope so. You said we was in a bad fit to meet the enemy without our arms. We hav got them and they ar good ones to. We got them before we left Paducah. We expect to march again before long to a railroad about 20 miles from here. We here the rebels ar leaving that place and will not make another stand if we can get possesion of that road. We will be safe and the war about over for that will cut their suplyes of from Richmend and we will be between memphsis and richmend with between sixty and one hundrid thousand soldiers of us and General Buel is coming to meet us with ninty thousand which will be about one hundred and eighty thousand men against 8000 rebels and one man can whip three rebels anyhow.

Jonah is sick again, not able to travil with us. Their is several of the boys sick and Caspersen is very sick. I am better, doing very well. I hope God will still giv me health and strength to go my journey through and I do believe he will and bring me back home again to your embrace where we can live in peace at home. I want you to remember me in your prares that I ma liv so should I fall a victom to death before I see you again we will meet in heaven above where all is love, the Cristians home, the saints delit.

You had better still direct you letters to Paducah and say forward on the invelop. Then they will follow us whereever we go. Jonah has just come to this camp. He is better to day he has the flux…

[letter torn here]


Albert West's letters end here.




June the 18th

Dear Sister,

Once more I take my pen in hand to let you know that we are all well and I hope you are in the same state of good health. We have not heard from you for some time as I wrote to you and Barney boath and did not get any answer. I have bin careless about writing but have never forgoten you. Now I want you to write and let me know how you are ageting along now & write soon and tell me whether Johah has got home or not and tell me if you have heard from Albert.

Oh Jane, where is our friends and loved ones if we are not permited to meet here again. I hope we will meet where wars do never come and parting is no more.

It has bin pretty dry here, ears is small. We had a good rain yesterday. It is cloudy today. Wheat looks well. We have lots of curns and goosberrys and will have a few appels and peaches, plums, grapes, and one quintz.

Now I will tell you about the meeting here. It began the 5th of June and just broke up last night. We had a basket dinner boath Sundays. I wish you could abin here but I was not at home till last week. I was at Williams. They have a ten pound and 3/4 boy. I left them all about.

I suppose Barna thinks hard of us for not writing and so do I of him for he has never wrote to me yet nor none of the rest but Robert and Nathen. If he did we nevr got it.

Well, I must quit for this time. Pleas write soon as you get this. I still remain your affectionate sister.

From Mary E. Luckey to Jane West and family, Daniel, Sylvester, and Marvin.

You must not forget me. Tell Barney to write. My respects to you all so no more.



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