Letters of  Private Leander Terah Jones

Leander T. Jones, age 18, enlisted September 24, 1861, at Harford, to serve three years, and mustered in as private, Co. F, 76th New York Volunteer Infantry, October 4, 1861; admitted to Blackwell Island Hospital, NY September 1, 1862 suffering from Typhoid Fever and died there October 2, 1862. Information on his death from an 1863 deposition from Lt. Elias Mead, Co. F, 76th NY Volunteer Infantry.

Dorothy and Terah Jones are the parents of Leander. His father died before Leander left for the service. He and his mother and brother lived in the Town of Harford on a small farm that they rented and worked on shares.

Headquarters 76 Regt N.Y.S.V.
Camp Case Feb 7th 1862

Dear Mother & Brother

I have waited this long in the hope of receiving a letter from you but not getting one I concluded I would write to you. When I wrote you last I wrote from Riker Island telling you we would probably stay there several weeks well we were happily disappointed, for the next day we were ordered to Washington, we here dont know one day what we will do the next we are all as well as common except Dan Tanner who is rather over the hedge, nothing serious though.

We are in tents now, ha! ha!! ha!!! I wish you could see us here four of us in a tent with a stove and the necessary cooking utensils (which cost us about $1.00 a piece we live better than you think our stove keeps us warm while at the same time we can do our cooking in good style it is not very cold here, but little snow on the ground we dont do enough to circulate our blood

Albert Taintor came here last night he is here yet he is here yet I have had a talk with him he is encamped about 12 miles from here on Upton Hill Va You will find a draft of thirty dollars in this payable to the order of A.D. Hemmingway I let Lieut. Mead have my money to get the draft and I did not tell him whose name I wanted it payable to so he got it in his name and you will have to make the best of it get him to sign his name on the back of it and it will be all right

I want you to pay brown and Knapp out of it and do what you wish with the rest This is all at present

L.T. Jones

Co. F. 76 Regt NYSV

Washington D C

Feb 1862 I received a letter from you directed to N.Y.City yesterday I got that jacket

L T Jones

Fredericksburg June 1st 1862

Dear Mother,

I now take my pen in hand to let you know how I get along. We came from Washington here about a week ago, so we are in the midst of Secesh now. Fredericksburg has a population of about six thousand and nearly all of them are rampant secessionist the Rebels had a Bank here but it has gone up now (Companies) C. E and F are guarding the Co E and F are guarding the Commissary stores here at present

I suppose you have heard how Gen Banks got cut up the other day and retreated to Harpers Ferry the Rebels pursued him and so Gen Shields started from here just one week ago today with his division and got into their rear and captured their whole force. Corinth is also evacuated.

Well we are now having some experience in soldiers life but it agrees with me so far first rate I weigh 165 1/2 pounds and I am not so heavy as I have been by some 5 pounds (owing to scarsity of provisions not sickness) I have not lost a turn at guard duty in over three Months.

David Young and Talbot and Squire Morton got here last night

I sent my money to you about a week ago from Washington. I sent it to Marathon by Express write and let me know if you get it I sent $40.00 This is all at present Direct as before to

L.T. Jones Co. F, 76 Regt N.Y.S. V.

Washington, D.C. Care of Capt. J.H. Barnard

if you have not sold the colt dont do it but hire his keeping and pay it out of my money

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 National Archive, Washington, DC

Other Soldiers mentioned in the letters:

Daniel Tanner, age 18, enlisted, September 18, 1861, at Harford, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. F, 76th NY Volunteer Infantry, October 9, 1861; discharged for disability, August 4, 1862, at Washington, D.C.

Elias A. Mead, age 34, enrolled September 25, 1861, at Dryden, to serve three years; mustered in as first lieutenant, Co. F, October 9, 1861; wounded in action, September 17, 1862, at Antietam, Md.; discharged for disability, December 18, 1862. Commissioned first lieutenant, January 17, 1862, with rank from October 9, 1861, original.

Squire Morton, age 18, enlisted September 22, 1861, at Richford, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. E, 76th NY Vol Inf, October 4, 1861; discharged for disability, October 1, 1862, at Mount Pleasant Hospital, Washington, D.C.

David Young, age 23, enlisted at Virgil, to serve three years, and mustered in as private, Co E, 76th NY Vol Inf, November 11, 1861; discharged for disability, February 18, 1863, at Philadelphia.

Josephus Talbot, age 20, enlisted September 22, 1861, at Richford, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. E, 76th NY Vol Inf, November 29, 1861; died of disease, July 14, 1862, at Mt. Pleasant Hospital, Washington, D.C.

Photo courtesy Conrad Bush, who notes:
"grave of Leander Terah Jones, 1843-1862, Harford Cemetery, Cortland County, NY taken by his gggnephew Don Tubbs. He has also identified his middle name."

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