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[CIVIL WAR] Tallula, Illinois. Sept 15, 1862 – John Worth to Eliza Heath. 4 pp. letter with War content..  http://deborahlavoie.com/letters/images/tallulaa.jpg
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 “…the government seems determined to let the rebels get the start,
and it is not unlikely ere this reaches you, that the rebels will have desolated the densely peopled portions of Pennsylvania, and be in undisputed possession of both the Quaker, and the Garden City…

I hope the rebels will keep Gen. McLellan, where he will not have a chance to murder his men in the trenches of the Chickahominy Swamps, and that his much vaunted "Strategy" may be demonstrated to be to be worth something..."

Measures 5" x  8.5"; Last page on scan shows discoloration. This appears to more a product of the scanner, not the original. In Fine condition. Envelope shows light wear.



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Friend Eliza,

I received your kind favor of the 17th Au.- with great-pleasure. Am very glad to learn that yourself, and fathers family are enjoying good health and hope it may continue, although I believe but few of us properly appreciate the blessing

We have been having great excitement in this region on acct. of the war.  We raised a company of volunteers for the war, at our little town in our week.  The boys elected their captain, but did not retain him but a few days as he was unanimously elected Colonel of the 114th Regt Ills Volunteers.  Under the last-call, this state has raised sixty one Regt. Infantry two do. of Cavalry, & six batteries of Artillery (36 guns)- in all sixty five thousand men.  Since the beginning of the war Illinois has furnished 125 Regts.

Infantry 16 of Cavalry, & 30 batteries of artillery (186-guns)- in all, about--135,000 men.  so you see that if there are those who think we live in an out-of-the-way place, where nobody lives, they are slightly mistaken, and if any other state has done more nobly and patriotically, I am not informed of the fact  and although we have done so much, yet, we can do a great-deal more yet. 

We do not expect-a draft- in this state, probably there may be on in NH. There should have been one on every state ere this, in my opinion, but the government seems determined to let the rebels get the start, and it is not unlikely ere this reaches you, that the rebels will have desolated the densely peopled portions of Pennsylvania, and be in undisputed possession of both the Quaker, and the Garden City.  in very truth, I am almost persuaded that some disaster of startling magnitude is necessary, to arouse our rulers to action, and make there army on this war, as though they meant to hurt somebody.

If such be the fact, the sooner it happens, the better.  At all events, I hope the rebels will keep Gen. McLellan, where he will not have a chance to murder his men in the trenches of the Chickahominy Swamps, and that his much vaunted "Strategy" may be demonstrated to be to be worth something, but enough. 

I have just heard from fathers they are well.  Clark is grown to be nearly a man.  Joseph, ditto  Willie is yet a boy, is staying with me-at-present.  Delia is well I believe, together with her family  Edmund is better, and will I think with the return of cool weather regain his usual health.  He is studying for the ministry.

Father had experienced religion recently.  for myself, I am as heretofore, I fear my heart is hardened.  I do not know whether you profess or not.  If you do, tell me the way.

 Mr Colbys son, has enlisted and gone to the war  My wife and little ones keep one at home.
I shall always be glad to hear from you.  A word from old friends is always welcome

Give my kind regards to your fathers family.  I remain your friend and well wisher as ever

 John Worth

       
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