107th Ohio Infantry POW at Chancellorsville
May 19, 1865
2 page original Civil War soldier's letter, written in period ink and war dated.
May the 19th 1865
It is with pleasure that I can take my pen in hand to drop a few lines to you . I am partly well and partly sick. I had the diarrhea for the last week but I am getting better. I received your letter on the 9th. If I would have felt better, I would have written sooner. The tobacco I received and that $5. Also, I haven’t got any news but that is old to you. The news at present is that Jefferson Davis was captured and sent to Washington. I hope it is so and if they will hang him it will be a blessing. But I am afraid that they will give him a chance to run away. Time will teach us about it. We got our baggage from Jacksonville, Florida and are laying 3 miles outside the city in the entrenchments and are doing picket duty. We have been here ever since the 8th and we don’t know anything of going home. It maybe that we have to stay our time after all.
With these few remarks, I have to close for I can’t write a long letter for I expect soon to be with you and a pen is a poor substitute to conversing with. We will hope for the future all hope to hear soon again.
I give my best respects to all.
Your faithful son,
A. P. Zurbrugg
P.N. There will come a letter to Smithfield for Sam Wear