TRANSCRIPTION OF 1863 LETTER
This letter was written by Union Captain J.C. Battersby who was serving with the Lincoln Cavalry; also called the First New York Cavalry. His superior officer was Col. Andrew McReynolds and the "Capt. Bailey" he refers to in the letter was the Quartermaster of his unit. Even though he was a Federal officer, he must have thought highly of Josiah to be willing to offer him his assistance.
August 21, 1863
My Dear Colonel Ware,
Accept my very kind regards and permit me to say, that according to my promise to you, I sent one of my sergeants to Williamsport with the package for your son, but your son had left the town some time and it was not known which way he went, but there was a supposition that he had gone to Hagerstown to which place our Captain Bailey is going this afternoon and will take it in his buggy and endeavor to find him.
Pray tender my very kind regards to Mrs. Ware and family, and my numerous kind friends about Berryville.
And believe me very sincerely your grateful friend,
***I would like to thank Jane & Scott Dudgeon for allowing me
to copy & transcribe this letter for my historical research. I am deeply grateful.
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