Soldiers Letter Index 16th OVI Home Page Spring Letter #2
Letter (#1) from Private Daniel G. Spring, Co. G, 16th OVI (90-day),
to the Holmes County Republican newspaper at Millersburg, Ohio
Camp Jackson, Columbus, Ohio - May 6, 1861
Published May 16, 1861
Web Author's Notes:
This is a letter from Pvt. Daniel G. Spring, Company G, written to an editor of the Holmes County Republican newspaper in Millersburg, Ohio. Spring wrote the letter while he and the 16th Ohio were at Camp Jackson in Columbus, Ohio, being trained and outfitted for the war.

Sadly, Pvt. Spring would go on to re-enlist in the three-year 16th OVI and fighting in its worst battles, only to be killed at the Battle of Big Black River, on May 17, 1863, during Gen. Ulysses Grant's move to take Vicksburg.

The McNulty Guards was the nickname taken by Company G of the 90-day 16th OVI, named after its elected captain James McNulty.

The letter was researched and transcribed by long time website contributor John Pierson, a likely descendant of 16th Ohio soldier Pvt. Enos Pierson, Company C.

newspaper article

For the Holmes County Republican.

May 6, 1861

Mr. Editor: The scene at Camp Jackson is not so pleasant, on account of the weather, which was on Friday last, and is to-day, very unfavorable. The great amount of rain that has fallen since our (the Millersburg Company,) arrival here, has caused the mud to be shoe deep. But not-withstanding the continuous rain and the dissatisfaction of being in close quarters, it has not had the least effect upon the minds of our men, so far as I know. But I may truthfully say that the spirit of love for the Star Spangled Banner of our country is increasing daily in our Company, and the general feeling is growing more anxious to get into active service, and assist Uncle Sam in defence of the proud banner of Liberty, against the treacherous invasion by a southern foe. The spirit of love for country is like the light that shineth brighter and brighter every day.

We, the boys of Holmes County, do render our sincere thanks and best wishes to William Spangler as 2d Lieutenant, and Wm. Ross and John castor, 1st and 4th Orderly Sergeants, for their gentlemanly conduct toward those under their command. We also tender our thanks to the Ladies of Millersburg for the good things sent us. May they be blest with long life, and good health, and at no distant day see their countryman return home bringing with them the joyful tidings of the proudest victories ever achieved on the field of battle.

Yours with respect,


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