102nd Ohio Infantry - Wounded at Athens, AL
July 17, 1863
Aaron E. Zody
2 page original Civil War soldier's letter written in period ink and war dated.
Headquarters, 102nd Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry
July 17th 1863
I received yours of the 4th several days ago. And would have answered before this time, but John Morgan was superintending the rail roads and I did not consider it safe to send anything. I was glad to hear from you. I am well and hope these few lines may find you all well. We have had rather gloomy weather for the past week, very foggy and damp. But the good news and brilliant victories made us feel glad and rejoice notwithstanding the weather. Today it is again warm and pleasant. Colonel Bruce received a dispatch last evening that Morgan was captured. I do not believe it yet until I hear it confirmed. It is too good news to be true. But I hope and pray that it is true. General Rosecrans I understand visits us tomorrow. We have plenty of fruit of every description here now. Apples, peaches, blackberries and everything else. Those extracts from the Shield and Banner we do not notice. I think it is a miserable dirty sheet and should not be tolerated. We had a very pleasant time on the 4th. We had a speech by Colonel Givens and all the lemonade we wanted during the day and at night we had a grand display of fireworks. I think Mrs. Smart will change her opinion in regards to the confederacy before long. I despise an abolitionist myself. I think the two extremes brought this cruel war upon us. I lost one of my men about two weeks ago. He was accidentally drowned while bathing. He was a splendid young man and a good soldier. Hoping to hear from you soon.
A. Edd. Zody