1854-1866 Handwritten Letters Civil War Era Arbogast Dock Freeburg Pa Soldier
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1854-1866 Handwritten Letters Civil War Era Arbogast Dock Freeburg Pa Soldier :
I have no problem at all with anyone purchasing my item and reselling it, however my description that I’ve worked hours on is not allowed to be copied by anyone for the above purposes. The main reason I write this is because I was contacted about a listing where someone had copied my exact sale and tried to sell a diary that they didn’t even have. It ended up being a fraudulent sale and I’m thankful they caught it in time. Thank you so much for your understanding.
I’ve also taken several more excerpts from various letters to give you a better idea of the contents and please note some of the writers are a bit illiterate and I’ve quoted them exactly the way they write….
“Northumberland December 18th, 1857
“Freeburg Snyder Co. Aprl 21st, 58’
My Dear Friend,
“Bellevue Saturday October 16th, 1858 ( The cover on this one say Bellevue O so I’m assuming he’s in Ohio)
Mr. H. Dock,
……I left you know that I received your letter on Saturday last that was on the 9 instant and was pleased to hear the news!! Although I was somewhat surprised to hear that you go married. While you had stated in that letter you wrote before that you was coming out here being there was one about to come on you with a child. And you said in your letter that you was married to your old honey. You have rather got me there for I cannot tell whether it is Miss Bigle or Miss Arbogast but no matter Henry how I wish success to you and your wife and a long and happy life……Henry I tell you once more as a friend that seeks your interest as well as my own, not to build your home in East but move yourself up being you have a wife now and sell all and come to the West to the land of the free. I let you know that I would have come in there if my mother would have lived a little longer. But now I saw farwell to all the rest and if ever I get to see them it will be in the West because it is doutfull wether I ever get to Pennsylvania anymore for I would rather go further west then east……Yours with due respect, C. E. Dock.”
“Columbus KY, January 20th, 66’
Mr. H. Dock,
I have just recovered from a spell of sickness. I had remittent fever but I am getting along nicely now…….Now I know if you was aware of the circumstances connected with my visit at that time you would not judge harshly with me for it was utterly impossible for me to visit many of my friends then but to please my wife. I was obliged to make a short call with some of her friends at Freeburg though we were there but a time not exceeding 2 hours. I used ever effort to learn of your welfare and found that your wife had left town but a few minutes previous…….You must not wait and think that my wife had just as good a right to come to see you as your had to go and see her. She is a very poor hand at visiting when in her best mood and in her troubles during my absence. She requires the best will from all our friends and therefore I would wish you with your family to pay your kindest regard to her until I come home. You have but very little idea of the trouble that my wife has to contend with during my absence. It has been my special duty for some time past to get out of the service but have thus far not had any success, however I live in hopes that our Regt will be mustered out by next spring if no further troubles arise against our country and if there should be any necessity of trying a little more bright steel in the shape of sword and bayonette or powder and cast iron in the shape of shot and shell as I really think there will before very long. Then I would rather stand where I am now but if as I pray there may be peace in our land I wish to quit the service today……Yours Respectfully Lt. C. E. Dock Co. “E” “12” US H. Infty. Via Louisville Kentucky.”
I’m not sure of the date of this next letter but wanted to quote from it. It is addressed to Sarah Abrogast so I’m assuming it’s before she married in 1858.
“Freeburg Snyder Co. March 7th,
While we have no preaching this forenoon I thought I would write this morning although I don’t know a great deal but to fulfill my promise I must write a little something. I would have wrote last week but I received your letter on Wednesday evening and then you wouldent have got the letter this week anyhow and I don’t think you care much for the folks in Freeburg. Some people have a great fuss since you are going. They say if you would come home you would not look on us folks anymore but you must not be that way because you know that we are friends of yours and indeed you are allways wellcome when ever you come to our house and that you know to and we all felt sorry that you could not be with us at the Liverpool concert. I can tell you we had high times down their. We all dressed at Wallises Tavern and after we come back from the concert we stopt at the tavern again and we cut up the deal and we dident get to bed till two o’clock in the morning……Your affectionate friend, Abba.”
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