These letters were written by Abraham Jaquays, Jr. (1844-1864), the son of Abraham Frank Jaquays (1811-1862) and Mary Louisa McKensie (1810-1878) of Olmstead, Cuyahoga county, Ohio. Abraham enlisted as a private in Co. F, 43th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI) in November 1861, claiming to be age 19. He died on 20 January 1864 in Pulaski, Tennessee.
January 13, 1863
I take my pen and ink to write a few lines to you to let you know where I am and what I am a doing. I have been sick for more than 6 months with the fever but have been with the regiment all the time till they left Oxford and I hain’t heard from them since. That was 4 or 5 weeks ago. The railroad has been tore up and our mail stopped so I hain’t heard from home. We hain’t got paid off yet and don’t expect to right off for the army is scattered so I hain’t had any money since last August and now I am in a hard fix so far away from my regiment and can’t get no tobacco to chew—only what I can [ ] and that hain’t much.
This is my last sheet of paper and when it is gone I don’t know what I shall do to get more. They had a fight at Jackson, Tennessee, and I suppose that my regiment was there. They went there from Oxford. I can’t think of any news to write. I have got the rheumatism in my feet so bad that I can’t walk.
Now I must end. So goodbye. Write soon as you receive. Yours truly, from your brother, — A. Jaquays
Direct to General Hospital No. 1, Lagrange, Tennessee
August 26th 1863
I take my pen and ink to write a few lines to you to let you know that I received your letter last Saturday morning.
You wanted me to let you know when I could come home but that is more than I can tell for it is just as the doctors take it in their heads about it. And so I can’t tell anything what to do about coming home. When you have time, come out and see me and I will try to come home with you. If you come, I will be more apt to get a leave of absence for they won’t give any furloughs anymore.
They are a going to pay the boys off this week but I hain’t got my Descriptive List yet and won’t get my pay this time. There is 14 months pay a coming to me now and most one year clothing pay a coming. I shan’t go back to the regiment till I come home if I have to run away and take a french furlough.
I was down town yesterday and if I had any other clothes but soldier’s, I should get on the cars and come home and stayed a day or two. You have not better come till next week. Write and let me know.
U. S. Hospital, Ward H, Cleveland, Ohio
— Abraham Jaquays