Two page letter to the wife of a soldier who died at the rebel Stockade Prison at Camp Tyler Texas in 1865. Written by a 31st Massachusetts Infantry veteran named Frank B. Martin. Lots of intrigue with name changes etc to research further!
Orange August 6, 1866
Mrs. Barnett, I received a letter from you, stating you wanted to find out the place that Mr. Barnett enlisted from I will write all I know about it, he came from New York State to Pittsfield, and probably had no residence at the time, the better way for you to find out is to get Captain Mudge of Petersham to write to Adjutant General Schouler (Shuyler?), of Boston, for there is probably some records there of every man that belonged to the regiment he belong to Co, H, 31 Mass, regiment, enlisted in the name of Albert Cook, and was probably counted in the state quota, but probably had no residence in this state at the time he died, at the rebel Stockade Prison at Camp Tyler Texas
Captain Hopkins was in command of the company at the time he died. Lieutenant Pelton of Pittsfield owed him fifty dollars borrowed money at the time he died
Captain Hopkins had his notes to the amount of three or four hundred dollars owing him that was sent to him after he died. Captain Hopkins was mustard out in New Orleans, but where he is now is unknown to me, or anyone in this section,
give my respects to Captain Mudge for we here in that ever memorial charge on Fort Hudson for it tried men souls as well as body and poor Riley went in there and come out safe, to die in a rebel prison.
Frank B. Martin”
Letter is a tad light but very readable.
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Frank B. Martin
Residence Orange MA; a 36 year-old Farmer.
Enlisted on 2/11/1862 as a Private.
On 2/11/1862 he mustered into "C" Co. MA 31st Infantry
He was Mustered Out on 1/31/1865