Letter from Bartlett, Ansel

Soldier: Bartlett, Ansel
Allegiance: Union
Unit/Service Branch: 58th Infantry
Home State: Massachusetts
Date Written: Saturday, April 15th, 1865
Location: Farmville, Va
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Commanders, Eastern Theater, Family, Friends, Warfare
Camp of the 58th Regt

Dear Father,

I now seat myself to write you a few lines to let you know that I am alive and well and hope to find you enjoying the same pleasure.

It is a very hard place here these days. Cavalry has made havoc in and about the houses. They took all that they had to eat and in someplaces all of the womens clothing. That taking clothing I don't think was just right. They took everything even to the babies clothes. It looked rather hard.

I am on guard at a house now while I am writing these few lines to you.

Give my love to all and take care of youself and not get sick for I want you to live and see your son when he gets home and then we will try to live and enjoy ourselves for the rest of our life.

It is very pleasant country around here. It is planting time but the negroes are all leaving for the north. I heard that General Curtain was going to discharge all his boys in 4 months and I heard that Grant said that the Volunteer Army would all be discharged in 6 weeks but you cannot believe all that you hear.

This is all that I can think of now. This is from your son, good bye, yours truly,

Ansil J. Bartlett

Co. D. 58th Regt.
Mass. Vet. Vols.
Washington, D.C.

Give my love to all and tell them that I expect to be at home by the fourth of July. There is a good time coming.