19 January 1865: “expressing my sympathy for you in your double sore bereavement”

Item Description: Letter dated 19 January 1865 to the widow of George Hovey Cadman. Cadman was a soldier in the 39th Ohio Infantry Regiment during the Civil War.


Item Citation: Folder 10, George Hovey Cadman Papers, #122, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Item Transcription:

Pocataligo, S.C.,

Jan. 19, 1865.

Mrs. Cadman:

Dear Madam: Your letter of Nov. 7th was received by me upon reaching Savannah about one month since. I should have answered it before, but my time has been very much occupied.

I do not know that I can communicate much more information to you concerning your husband’s death. The Surgeon’s name who attended him was Davis. He belongs to the 17th New York, now in the 14th Corps.

George was buried decently in the burial spot occupied by the 4th Division, 16th Corps. A neat head board marks his grave. A fence surrounds the burial spot. It is on the outer edge of Marietta, on the left hand side of the Railroad as you come in from the north.

Again expressing my sympathy for you in your double sore bereavement, I remain

Respectfully yours,

Geo. R. Gear.

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