Letters of George W. Lason

George W. Lason; Born 9 July 1840 in Harrison, PA. Served in Co. B, 76th NY Vol. Infantry in the Civil War. Was wounded at Gettysburg, captured at the Battle of the Wilderness and imprisoned at Andersonville Prison, GA. After the war, he went down to Fort Worth, Texas and started in the business of breaking horses, and bringing them back for sale to the "eastern dudes." He married Jane A. Purdy; who was born 22 Oct. 1840 and died 1920. George died 18 March 1914 in Jinksville, Tioga Co., NY. - see http://home.eznet.net/~halsey/family/lason.htm#3

Transcript of two letters by George W. Lason, Company B., 76th NY Vol. Infantry; provided to B. Conrad Bush by Larry Wherle a descendant of the Silas Lason family.

To: Silas Lason

February the Second 1862

I now take this opportunity to let you know that I am well and hope these few lines will find you and your folks the same. We arrived here night before last and we still stay at the depot. We expect to camp about one mile from the Capitol.

I went up to Camp Cliffins yesterday and saw James. He was very glad to see me and I was glad to see him, although I found him in the hospital sick. He had the measles and took cold and he canít speak louder than a whisper. He looks quite smart. His being hoarse bothers him so that he canít drill. He has been so some six weeks and donít get no better. If he donít get well before long he will be discharged and sent home. He is in the regular army. They go into battle as soon as the mud dries up so that they can go away from here. I think he will get well soon if nothing happens.

Frank is over the river somewhere. Where, I donít know yet.

It is very warm and muddy here now. Mud is knee deep here. I like it as well as I can here in Washington City. Peter is well and with me here. He still remains your friend, H.P. Lason.

James and me have got our pay. You go to Hornellsville and you will find twenty dollars, for you go to the express office in Hornellsville- express office- remember go to Hornellsville express office and you will find 20 dollars for you. James sends 15 dollars and I send five only. James wants to hear from you very bad. Please write soon, this from your son George W. Lason.

Direct to me in care of Col. Green, Washington, D.C., 76th Regiment of NY State Volunteers. James did not know that Frank had enlisted until I told him. There is a great army here of soldiers.

(Note: James Lason was in the 5th U.S. Cavalry and was killed in service at Hanover Court House, Va. June 1862. His brother Benjamin Franklin Lason was in Co. F., 6th New York Cavalry.; mustered in October 21, 1861, at New York, as private Co., F; died at Andersonville prison, March 6, 1864.)

To: Silas Lason

Meridian Hill, February 9th, 1862

Dear Father,

I now take this opportunity to let you know that I am well and hope these few lines will find you enjoying the same health only better. I am quite nervous this morning.

One of my men was taken down with the small pox and I slept with him last night. He was taken sick yesterday and the doctor did not know what ailed him until this morning. He found it was the small pox.

The small pox is a hard thing in camp, to tell you Pa. I saw James the night before last. He is quite sick, yet he speaks a loud word yet. The doctor thinks that he will soon get well. Still he donít know yet James is in a very nice regiment of cavalry, but has not drilled any for two months. He is anxious to hear from you. He wants you to write to him as soon as you can and let him know whether you got that money or not. James is not very fleshy. He is not as heavy as he was when he came here.

Pa, I have enjoyed a camp life very well until now. I feel quite sick today, but not serious nor nothing dangerous. I guess the boys say that I am fidgety, but I think not. I guess you will say so when you see this writing. It is a very hard place to write here in camp.

Have you got that money yet that I sent you. It was sent to Hornellsville by express to the express office for you. Twenty dollars. Fifteen dollars from James and five from me. Please write soon and let me know if you have been and got it or not or whether it has come or not for you. If it has not, they are holding here for it. Please write soon on this (February 9, 1862 letter continued) account if no other, Pa.

Still have charge of all the horses in the Seventy-Sixth. I am called the Calv orderly. I had a close call the other day. A ball came close to my head but did not hit me. Here is one thing that I liked to go for this I canít find Frank. If you have heard from him please give me the direction where I will find him or the number of the regiment and what it is called so that I can find him. Tell me plain if you will. This from your son George Lason to Silas Lason. Please write soon.

Direct to George W. Lason in care of Col. Green, 76th Regiment of NY Volunteers, Meridian Hill, Washington, D.C.

Personal communication from Stephen Edge [EdgeS@fulton.k12.ga.us] (who also sent information on George's brother Henry P. Lason):

The only things I know about G.W. & B.F. are what I've found on the internet. You've probably seen the Rowley, Lason site about the descendants of Silas Peter Lason. If you haven't just do an internet search for campbell-rowley-lason. G.W. & B.F. were imprisoned at Andersonville & Benjamin was one of the first of the 1000s to die there, or at least he is buried in grave # 00014. After the war Claire Barton did a
lot of work with the survivors of Andersonville & she had the graves surveyed and marked. You can order a photograph of his marker. Look on the Andersonville site.

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