Letters of Pvt. Theodore Washington Hawley

Theodore Washington Hawley, age 18, enlisted at Henderson, NY for 3 years; mustered in private Co. K, Twenty-fourth Infantry; transferred to Co. E, 76th NY Volunteer Infantry, May 13, 1863; wounded in action, July 1, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pa. captured May 5, 1864 at the Wilderness, Va.; died of scorbutus, October 11, 1864, at Andersonville, Ga.; a prisoner of war. Borne as Holly on 76th rolls.

Ruth and Washington Hawley, parents of Theodore Washington, born July 11, 1846; Delia; Antonette, born Sept 9, 1849; Robert, born March 10, 1851; Lauria, born Feb 19, 1855; Eva, born Jan 18, 1857; and Frank, born Jan 25, 1861. They lived on a farm of 13 acres of land in Adams, Jefferson County, NY.


Letter head has a picture of the Lady Liberty seated with a banner stating: Constitution 1776 1861 And The Laws.

Head-quarters 24th Reg't Co. H
Camp Upton Va.
Dec 21st 186(2)

Dear sister your letter of the 17th was duly received and have a little leasure I thought I would answer it. I am well as usal. Hen is about the same he dont do eny duty. the rest of the boys are well. Charley Holley died this morning at five oclock he had the feavor. his folks live in Sayler Setlement. the boys though every thing of him. he was third Seargent of our company he is going to be sent home.

I have just been up to the 35th to see Martin Smith. he was gon to fals Church so I did not see him. We had som pancakes last night for supper. I supose you have a good School this winter. you have never wrote me whether pa got that money I sent him by the docter.

We have Sham fights once in a while. we Sport blank cartridges so as not to hurt eny one. the whole Brigade went out the other day and its cannons and cavelry. we had fun perhaps more than we Should if we had been in earnest. we shot twenty rounds. they have such drills to lurn us to load and shoot quick. I cant think of much more to write now.

Tell Ben not to let old fan run away with him when he takes him out. Give my love to all.

Mis Delia Holley

The number of the allotment is 632

They are all numbered so if they are lost I can get another pa can write his name on the back of it and go to the bank and get the money on it.


Fredericksburg Va. May 2, 1862

Dear Sister

it is with pleasure I take pen to write you a few lines to let you know that I well am and hope this will find you the same.

Henry Cooper and Whitney and the rest of the boys got here last Sunday. they are looking quite tough now but they are not quite so black as we are. they say they had a good time this winter and I guess they did but I am afraid they will not stand it to march as we have to and cary there knapsacks.

We are haveing a quite a good time now since We got here. we dont have to drill much now so the boys play ball and lay a round in the shade. we have now and then a hot day but the boys that came from home sayes that it is not much warmer here than it is to home. We had a review yesterday before General McDowell.

I am very much obliged to you for them socks and to Samaria for the cake of shuger. I had quite a mess of warm Shuger out of that I melted it. Tell Frankie he must take good care of his colt. I wrote a letter to pa the other day and put a twenty dollar Alotment bill in it.

I sent it by a man by the name of Sargeants that has been here all winter. he lives in Washingtonville. he sayed he would take it thare and put it in the ofice. he will be to or three weeks a going home so I guess you will get this before you do that.

Give my love to all the folks and write soon

Theodore Hawley


Fredericksburg July 8, 1862

Dear sister

Your letter was received in due time and I now take my pen to answer it. I am sorry to hear that thare is so many sick thare. I am well as usual and so is all the rest of the boys. It has ben very warm here for a few days past I am siting under a tree as I write this letter in the shade. The Black berries are very thick here and we have had all we wanted now for a week fast.

You did not write whether pa had got the money I sent. I wish you would write about it next time you write. I sent it by Major Barney he told me he saw pa he left the money to Elridge Greens it was a twenty dollar Alotment bill.

We had rather a dull fourth of July here thare was not much more going on than thare is every day

General Augur left here this morning he has been promoted our colonel is in command of the brigade now I should like to see some of the boyes around home drill this fall I hurd they were going to fill up the old miletary companeys and have them drill ten dayes every year Tell Henry Barret to write me the next time you see him and I will write to him thare is not much news here at presnet Tell Frankie he must take good care of his colt

You must write as often as you can

Give my best respects to all the folks and Oblige

Theodor Hawley


These letters were transcribed by B. Conrad Bush, 1940 Reading Road, West Falls, NY, 14170; e-mail Bushresear@aol.com; from original letters found at the Wyoming County Historian's Office, Warsaw, NY


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