“We bear it with patience”
Early in September, two young farmers from
Why they travelled so far from their own area to join a regiment of northwest Ohio men may have had to do with the reputation the 21st had established in its earlier incarnation as a three-month regiment. Instead of remaining in camp as some three-month regiments had, the 21st had seen some serious action in western
The 21st was composed of men primarily from six northwestern
Warner’s letters home give a glimpse of life in the early days of the three-year version of the 21st. The regiment had filled quickly in
Young Liberty Warner, son of a minister, was dismayed by what he found at first in camp in
Addison Searles has slightly different take. Today he writes his father (original spelling retained):
We are within
Ar commender Mitchel [Brig. Gen. Ormsby M. Mitchel, the “astronomer-soldier” from Cincinnati, commander of the 3rd Division of the Army of the Ohio, led by Brig. Gen. Don Carlos Buell, another Ohioan]…was here to make us a visit this evening. While on dress praid and he spoke a few words to us. He says that with the help of us and the help of God that he …must hav the best division in the hole union.
We ma stay here fore days and we ma not stay 4 hours. This is all that we can tell of our life. We no not what moment we shall be cald upon to fight. Tho we bare it with pations, for we think God will help us to fight it through and we shall com out victorious in the end and come home to you all agane, if God is wiling that we should.
Well, tell all to rite to me and father pleas escuse my bad spelling and rite soon.
To Mr. E.G. Searls from his son Addison Searls
Good by all, if I hear I will rite to all agan.
So good by to all of the children.
Remember well and bare in mind
A constant friend is hard to find
And when you get one kind and true
Don't change an old one for a new
In less than two years, Addison Searles will be dead. In less than three, both his brother Alfred and Liberty Warner will die as well.
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