January 22, 1862 letter to Nancy Betts from Hiram Crawford Jr.

January 22, 1862

To: Nancy Betts

From: Hiram Crawford Jr., Fortress Mound, VA

Tells of the war. Says his troop achieved a victory – the Rebel General Zollicoffer was killed. He hears from Henry regularly, who talks of going to Yorkville to set up shop. Henry is very unfortunate in getting his own business going. Sends his love to Father, Pros, Robert and family.

1862-01-22A 1862-01-22B 1862-01-22C

Fortress Monroe Jan the 22/62


Dear Mother

It being so stormy that we could not drill to day I thought I could not pass away a few minutes better than writing a few lines to you. — I wrote you the 3rd of the month but have received no answer yet. — That great blood and sensation affair about attacking Yorktown turned out just what it was, “viz,” nothing. The next thing on the programme was that when Burnsides fleet did come we should go with it, wherever it went, but since then is has arrived and departed still leaving us here very much dissipointed I tell you. And now the talk is that Gen Wool is agoing to take us over and attack Norfolk the first of next week. Whether it will ever amount to anything or not it is more than I know.

The weather has been very unpleasant here this month, cold rains intersperced with a slight sprinkling of snow which disappeared as soon as it fell. The Regmt is enjoying good health, not over 30 in the hospitels, and not any of them very sick. We have had good news from Kentucky to day stating that our troop had achieved a brilliant victory, amongst the dead being the Rebel General Zollicoffer[1]. I trust and think that it is but opening of a brilliant campaigne from Missouria to the Atlantic and from thence down the whole length of coast to Texas.

I hear from Henry[2] regularly. He has been out to Galesburgh & Yorkville. He says that he enjoyed the visit hugely. He talks of going to Yorkville to set up shop. It appears that the man that he learned his trade with has left the place thereby leaving a vacancy for some body and Old Tom Kenyon & several other persons of the place wishes him to fill it. Sarah[3] & Luke[4] also was in favor of it. Henry is very unfortunate in his endeavors to start business for himself but I hope he will do well this time. Give my love to Father[5], Pros[6] & Robt[7] & Family, also to yourself. Write, and believe me,

Ever Your Son

H. Crawford

2nd Serg. Co. E

Co Regmt  I V [8]

Enclosed is a very poor picture(?) of me taken by one of the soldiers in camp. HC

[1] From Wikipedia: Felix Kirk Zollicoffer (May 19, 1812 – January 19, 1862) was a newspaperman, three-term United States Congressman from Tennessee, officer in the United States Army, and a Confederate brigadier general during the American Civil War. He led the first Confederate invasion of eastern Kentucky and was killed in action at the Battle of Mill Springs. Zollicoffer was the first Confederate general to die in the Western Theater. The Federals treated Zollicoffer’s body with respect. He was embalmed by a Union surgeon and was eventually returned to Tennessee and interred in the Old City Cemetery in Nashville

[2] His brother, Henry Crawford

[3] His sister, Sarah (Crawford) Keith

[4] Sarah’s husband, Charles Luke Keith Jr.

[5] His stepfather, Platt Betts. Platt Betts died December 29, 1861 and obviously the news had not yet reached Hiram

[6] His brother, Lucius Prosper Crawford

[7] His brother, Robert Crawford

[8] Indiana Volunteers


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jana Last
    Jul 10, 2015 @ 19:39:57


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    Have a great weekend!



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