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Letter (#1) from Private Oscar Derostus Ladley, Co. E, 16th OVI (90-day),
to his mother, Catherine and sisters, Mary and Alice, in Yellow Springs, Ohio
Camp Jackson, Columbus, Ohio - May 13, 1861
Web Author's Notes:
This letter was written from Camp Jackson in Columbus, Ohio, where most Ohio troops were gathered, regiments formed and assigned to duty both at the start and throughout the war. It was written just one month after the start of the war on April 12, 1861, and while the 90-day 16th Ohio was training and preparing to go to war.

Images of this letter courtesy of Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University.

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Camp Jackson Columbus

May 13 /1861

Dear Mother & Sisters,

I arrived here

about noon to day, it is very muddy caused by the heavy rain last night. The boys are all full of fun, and have plenty to eat. I sat with them to day had boiled ham, boiled beef, beans, bread & butter.

There is about 2800 men here at present. I am going up town as soon as I finish this to see some of my old aquaintances. When I shook hands with Joe Wilson at the cars he sliped a dollar in my hand. Cas Reed gave me two dollars for which I am very thankful. And Mr Lawrance gave me fifty cents also Jim Swope.

This camp is in a park it must

have been very beautiful place but looks like a hog pen at present, but the trees are still here which makes it look some better. Tomorrow I will write again.

Nothing more at present.

Yours affectionately

O. D. Ladley.

Direct to O.D. Ladley

Company E. 16th Regiment.

Columbus, O.

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