Short letter home written by Oliver Rockwell of Medina, Ohio. In December of 1862, Oliver would muster with the 5th Ohio Volunteer Independent Sharpshooters. In March, 1863 they would be joined by the 6th and 7th companies where they would perform guard duties in various capacitates in the areas of Tullahoma and Chattanooga. The majority of their service would be spent serving as guards for trains in that vicinity. They would however participate in some skirmishing with rebel sharpshooters along the Little Suck in October of that year and were eventually successful in driving the rebels from their works. After the Battle of Chickamauga they would be tasked with burying the dead. They would bury a total of 875 men during the first two weeks of February. Oliver would eventually be mustered out of service in July, 1865. The letter is for the most part very uneventful and brief. It is however written on this superb patriotic letter head featuring a battle scene of Antietam titled “The Great Battle of the Antietam Valley”. Housed in the original patriotic cover with beautiful vibrate colors remaining as well.
Camp Cleveland Jan. 2, 63
Dear folks back home,
I take the present opportunity to write a few lines to you to let you know that I am well and all the rest of the boys are well. Russ and I got back to camp about half past ten Tuesday night and had to hunt all over camp to find our company for it had moved. The 21 battery left here day before yesterday and yesterday the 124 left for Covington. Mr. Phillips said he thought he should be out to camp in a few days and if he comes out I want you to send me that straw tick. i want you to answer this right off as maybe I shall not write again. i do not think of any more to write this time. Oliver Rockwell.
To Mr. Elias Rockwell Granger Medina Co. Ohio