Pvt. Jeremiah K. Rathbun, Co. E, 2nd Rhode Island Infantry, On the Battle

1 07 2020

Headquarters 2nd Reg. RIV
Camp Clark, Co. E
July 25, 1861

Dear Father, I received your letter last nite and dear to us in the Battle last Sunday and among them was our Col. Slocum who acted like a brave man in the fight and Major Ballou and others that seemed nearer to us because we have always worked with and those was Stephen Holland, Billy Nichols, and Esic Smith is missing but we do not think he was killed and Lieut Church is missing to.

Our company was acting as Scouts when the enemy was found and was the first ones that fired a shot at the enemy and the 2 Regiment fout about twelve minutes before another was on the ground.

We was not more fit to fight than dead men for we was all tired out amarching and instead of afighting Sunday we was not to fight until Tuesday and some think that McDowel was a cam Traitor and I think so too for when we got on the field he came up and waved his handkerchief and the enemy began to fire. Good Bye.

Dear Brother, I received your letter and was glad to hear from you all. We had a pretty hard time on Sunday but I got back safe after a hard march and we are all about half sick. The next time we go I hope we shall not get out of Ammunition so as to wait for it to come to us as we did this time so you can see that the traitor was among us somewhere. Who ever heard of twenty thousand men fighting against one hundred thousand. We was to wait till Patterson’s forces came up to help us. Good Bye.

Dear Wife, It is with pleasure that I write these few lines to let you know I am well excepting I am a little tired, but am thankful that I am here to write you once more. I hope you and my little children is well and you must not worry about me, but trust in the Lord as he doeth all things well. I should like to see you and the children very much and all my friends. Tell father Rheubin that I should like to see him and I think I shall sometime. Give my love to little Rheubin and I should like to see him very much.

Dear Sisters, I thought I would try to write you a note but I don’t know what to write only to say that I am well and pray you are the same and should like to have you send me a paper that has got the news in it if you can. That is all I can think of now.

From your Affectionate Husband and Son Jeremiah K. Rathbun.

From Voices of the Civil War: Letters and Journal Excerpts of South Kingstown Men in the Union Army, 1861-1863, Shirley L. Barrett, Ed, Petaquamscutt Historical Society, pp. 13-14

Contributed by Rob Grandchamp

2nd Rhode Island Infantry Roster 

Jeremiah K. Rathbun at Ancestry 

Jeremiah K. Rathbun at Fold3 

Jeremiah K. Rathbun at FindAGrave 



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