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1864 Larkinsville, Alabama Civil War Letter Michigan Infantry - Awesome Content For Sale
Civil War LetterThis 1864 Civil War letter was written by Lt. Charles James Fox, Jr. of Co. G, 4th Michigan Infantry (Re-organized). Rather dramatic content that references the burning of Huntsville, Alabama and a union train wreck, killing & injuring soldiers from Ohio. The letter was written in Larkinsville, Alabama but postmarked in Nashville.FULL TRANSCRIPT, SCANS and RESEARCH NOTES below !The following biography of Capt. Charles J. Fox was published in theHistory of Pomona Valley, California, with Biographical Sketches...(1920)Although a native of England where he was born at Manchester, October 31, 1842, Capt. Charles J. Fox has no memory of the land of his birth, for he was but one year old when he accompanied his parents to the United States on a sailing vessel, which made the trip in three months.He was reared at Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan, and is a veteran of the Civil War, having enlisted in 1864 in the Fourth Michigan Infantry. He was lieutenant in his company and later captain in Company H, under Col. Jairus W. Hall, and saw service in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas. He still carries the bullet by which he was injured in guerrilla warfare in one of the many skirmishes that he participated in in Tennessee, and among the relics in his home is the gun he was shot with, which was taken from the guerrilla, and which he prizes very highly. He served on the general staff at San Antonio, Texas, and had charge of cleaning up the city. In those days, San Antonio had but fifteen thousand population. The Captain wears the button of the Loyal Legion, of which he was a member, and after brilliant service, he was mustered out at Houston, Texas, May 26, 1866.At the close of the war he returned to Pontiac, Michigan, and was appointed and served several years as revenue assessor in Michigan. He was also the proprietor of a clothing store at Pontiac, which he sold in 1888, and went to Seattle, Washington, where he engaged in the making of brick, twelve miles from Seattle. He founded, laid out and built up the town of Pontiac, Washington, and was its first postmaster. He was a member of the firm of the Pontiac Brick and Tile Company which did a large business, and their brick was used in many of the public buildings, among others the Denny Hotel Block, the Court House, and the Burke Block at Pontiac, Washington.In November 1890, while on a visit to Pomona, California, Captain Fox purchased twelve acres of one-year-old orange trees in the Packard Orange Grove tract, from J. E. Packard, and in 1893 came to Pomona to locate permanently, where he has since lived on his orange grove. The place is very productive, is well kept, and is one of the attractive places among many beautiful homes in Pomona.The marriage of Captain Fox was solemnized in Michigan June 2, 1881, and united him with Miss Arabella W. Kirby, a native of that state. The children born of their union are: Charles Kirby, a civil engineer of Los Angeles; Lillian Buirne, who was secretary of the Red Cross at Pomona during the late war; and William H., a mechanic of Hollywood, Alabama November 25, 1864Dear Father,I received your letter and was glad to hear from you. By the time you get this, I will be in Nashville or some other place. Our army are all leaving this part of the state and going to Murfreesboro, Tennessee. As the train was coming up from Decatur today with the 64th Ohio on board, it ran off the track and smashed up eight cars and killed one man & wounded 1 more. Some of the men of my company came up from Huntsville tonight. They say that our forces are burning the city and will leave there tomorrow. We will probably leave here too on the same train. Col. [Jairus] Hall told me this afternoon that we would probably go to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and let Hood advance and then I think he will have a nice time to get back.There was three trains loaded with artillery went through here last night and there is 2 trains waiting here to go through. I think we will be the last to leave. I have been here about 2 weeks. I think it is about time we moved. If we don't, it will be a wonder.You say you are busy packing pork. I am glad to hear that you are selling it as soon as you pack it. Some of the farmers down here have got from 30 to 40 hogs. Our men found a pen with 30 in the other day when they were out foraging. We have had fresh pork ever since. I didn't think they had as good hogs in this country but I don't think they are starved out yet.I have had a good chance to find out what kind of folks live here. They don't know half as much as the purest farmers you can find in Michigan. When I ask them for their papers, they say that they have "toted them around right smart." They have got lots of corn in this country and fat cattle.I don't know when I shall get the box you sent me. If we go to Nashville, I will get it but I am afraid they will keep us on the move. We are having fine weather here now. It is cold enough to suit me. I went out this morning and walked across a pond on the ice. It was the first I have saw since I came down here.There has another train of cars just arrived here. We will soon have a late army here if they keep coming. There is 3 more trains to come up from Decatur and then they are all up. I have got to take my desk with me. I don't know but what I will keep my office no matter where we go.Captain Henderson & Lt. Henry thought they were a going to stay in Huntsville all winter and they bought them a bedstead. I won't buy anything that I can't carry with me for I think it is throwing money away. I have to pay my boy $8 per month. I have got a good one.I don't know when this will reach you. I will write again as soon as I get a chance. Give my love to all. I received the stamps you sent me.So good night. -- C. J. F.TERMS$2.00 postage in the United States and $3.00 elsewhere. We accept paypal. Postage combined for multiple purchases. We're members of the American Philatelic Society, the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, the Confederate Stamp Alliance and the Illinois Postal History Society.Some of our letters have been transcribed and nicely presented for futuregenealogists and history buffson the Spared & Shared blog. We've been selling on since 1998. offer WITH CONFIDENCE.
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