THE FOLLOWING IS A COPY (QUOTED PRECISELY) OF A LETTER WRITTEN BY
PLEASANT BABER TO HIS WIFE RACHEL CHISM BABER.
Camp Chase Ohio September 14th 1863
Dear Wife, I received your letter of Sept 6th was glad to hear from you and to hear that you were well.
Myself and Stanley are well at this time. I received all the clothes and money that you sent me by Mr. Rutledge.
You wrote that you wanted me to come home and didnít want me to join the Army. Well I intend comeing home as soon as I can and donít intend joining any army. I donít know yet when I will be allowed to come home but hope it will not be long. Tell Stanley and the children that I want to see them very much. Rachel, God is with us here, we have preaching in prison every even night. John Glover and Cobby Poir also are here with us and are well.
This letter of yours came in one with John Gloverís. I want you to write to me soon and often=direct your letter to Pleasant Beaver, Prison No. 3, Camp Chase Ohio.
I remain your Husband Pleasant BeaverĒ
ON THE BACK OF THE LETTER PLEASANT WROTE THE FOLLOWING:
ďTell Francis that Stanley is here with me and has not received a letter from her yet. He is well and has written to her five or six time. He says tell Francis that he intends to come home as soon as he can and quite fighting. But donít know yet when he will have the chance to come home
Tell George to have him a good old Bottle of Blakmore whiskey by the time he gets there. He wants them to write to him soon and direct their letters to Stanley Beaver, Prison No. 3, Camp Chase Ohio.Ē
Special Note per BJGlass:
I also have an envelope addressed to ďRachel Baber Winchester, KentuckyĒ The postmark is from Columbus, Ohio and date is 12/17/(donít see a year). This envelope is obviously connected with another letter.
It is well to note that although Pleasant referred to his last name as Beaver (A SURNAME USED BY CERTAIN BABER FAMILY), he still addressed his letter to Rachel Baber.
THE SECOND NAME OF STANLEY THAT PLEASANT SPEAKS OF MAY HAVE BEEN HIS COUSIN, SON OF STANLEY AND CALPERNIA BABER.
aLTHOUGH pLEASANT SPEAKS IN THIS LETTER OF NOT INTENDING TO JOIN THE ARMY, HE DIED DURING THE CIVIL WAR AT CAMP MORTON. pLEASANTíS DAUGHTER, CATHERINE ELIZABETH WAS GRANDMOTHER TO THE LADY (Mayme Dunn) WHO SAVED THIS LETTER AND DIED IN 1966.
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