Letter from Barnard, Job

Soldier: Barnard, Job
Allegiance: Union
Unit/Service Branch: 73rd Infantry
Home State: Indiana
Date Written: Sunday, June 11th, 1865
Location: Larkinsville, AL
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Camp Life, Comrades, Daily Life, Family, Friends, Politics, Western Theater
My Dear Flora,

I have been made glad twice since I wrote you last by the reception of your two dear letters of May 25th and 30th. First came the one written the 30th, then this morning the other of the 25th.

Still the days are very warm and the flies are very annoying and no orders yet to report to Nashville to be mustered out. I hope, however, we can soon have the pleasure of receiving such orders. The 4th Indiana Cavalry has already gone to Nashville to be mustered out and I suppose that Big Brother of mone, Rire, will get home before I do.

You want to know if Rhoda Bates has returned home yet. I believe I told you about that in my last letter when I told you of receiving one from Stella who is at V. If not, she said Rhoda was at home and she (Stella) had been there a week on a visit.

I suppose they are having fine times this term at the old "V.M.& F." I got a circular from the State Normal School of Michigan at Ipsilanti the other day. I don't think I fancy the Institution and hence shall not go there to school when I am home again.

How I should like to be in Chicago during the Great Sanitary Fair. They are doubtless having a most happy and interesting time there. I should like to see "Old Abe", the Great American Eagle, who has been a soldier, a veteran in the army of the Union, keeping his post day after day by the Battle Flag of the 8th Wisconsin. What numerous methods are resorted to at these fairs to interest and please the multitude and thereby accomplish the great of the Institutions gather in the cash. The Sanitary Commission and Christian Commission will stand upon the Historic page of this Rebellion as being the noblest, most philanthropic, and most praiseworthy organizations of a Christian people in the days of battle and carniage and hence forth it will be difficult for any civilized nation to carry on warfare with (out) initating our glorious example. These are the fields of labor where woman has proven herself the heroine, where she has sacrificed her time and talent day after day and month after month and by these earnest labors so duly appreciated by the soldiers whose lot is cast amid the rougher scenes of war; called out that blessing from our Lamented Lincoln. "God bless the women of America." "Hettie McEwen" & "Barbara Frietchie" are examples of these Heroines of the Slave Holders Rebellion. Flora, while all the working, thinking, talking, praying, massives of Soldier's Aid Society members, constitute the Army of Heroines whose weapons were the needle, the pen, and the prayer. Now that this "Cruel war is over", this vast army of reserve troops can be spared as well as the vast armies of armed men who have been doing the coarser work. I look upon the Great Northwestern Fair at Chicago as the final Review of this class of troops preparatory to muster out just as the redcent magnificent display in Washington was a Review of Sherman's & Grant's Legions after their work was done. But enough of this and I must quit and get ready for Dress Parade.

Monday Morning - I didn't finish my letter last evening but will do so this morning. The way of sending our mail has changed that is we now send it vis Huntsville and it leaves here in the afternoon so I shall not seal this until I hear the morning news and get the days mail. I got a letter from Ed J. a day or two since. He has not begun his Newspaper yet but thought he should begin in a few days. He spoke of the weather being extremely hot among the "Sand Hills of Lake Michigan."

What can you make of "Schmann's quintet in E Flat Major" in the last Atlantic? Is it simple a true record of the Adventures of a night or is it simply a story? It leaves one in mystery and unless the author was left in the same mystery, I would like an explanation of the walkers on the beach. The "Henriade & Debys Cow," I think were quite interesting and well written. Also John Brown's Raid. But you know what they all are ere this, so adieu to the subject and turn over.

John Petro has just got back from Tullahoma where he has been to see George, his brother. He also saw Billy Harmon who is well and honored with the position of cook for the company officers, I believe. He also saw Uncle Milikan Williams, Albert Shoemaker, Dan Eggleston, and all the rest of the Jackson Center boys who are in the 151st Regiment Indiana Vols. They were al anxious to get home again soon.

Accept the good wishes of Perry for yourself & the rest of your family circle. Also the same good wishes for your continued health and happiness from your devoted lover, Job (Barnard)