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19146 Greer H. Baughman Company F, 21st Virginia WIA Soldier’sLetter ALS on
desirable CSA Stationery featuring a poem “To Arms, To Arms Ye Brave. “ From
Greer H. Baughman signed Greer to dear Sister. Camp near Winchester, March 6,
1862. “Dear sister, I was very much surprised and gratified to see such improvement
on your penmanship and composition. When I looked at the address I could not
imagine who the letter was from. I suppose you think there is plenty of room for
improvement in my hand and composition. I acknowledge that there is owing partly
to the fact of my not being in practice, I would not be much surprised if I did not
forget to read as well as write pretty soon.
I was equally as forgetful as yourself regards fasting last Friday, but as I have fasted
so often since I have been in the Army that when I got anything to eat I generally
managed to devour it. I have nothing to complain of now as we have had plenty to eat
for some time.
I thank you kindly for your promised visit next Summer, but if I can avoid it you will
not find me in this part of the country at this time. I like the country very much and
the people also many of whom are very kind and hospitable, but if I was to remain in
this wing of the Army I would be liable to be marched off to Romney or Bath or some
equally as disagreeable place, to return as we did before – like the school boy who did
not know his lesson – with my finger in my mouth and my head hung down.
The young lady whom you speak of I have not had the pleasure of knowing but I have
heard her father spoken of in terms of highest praise as a truly hospitable man and a
true Southerner. I very much regret that the Yankees are at her home, and we are
here without a sufficient force to drive them out.
Mr. Boyd, I understand says that I was at a party the night that he left here for
Richmond. I cannot imagine why he should have said so, as he met me returning to
camp the morning he left there, unless I am very much mistaken. I have not even
called on or become acquainted with a single lady since I have been here, and do not
expect to do so should I remain here for sometime to come. It has been so long since I
was in Ladies society that I have become almost afraid of the sex.
Living so near here I suppose you see Willie and all Mr. Richardson’s folk very often.
Has she grown as much as you have? I wish you would have yours and her
daguerreotypes taken together and send them to me. Ma says you have grown vcry
tall and fleshy in proportion if you do not look out you will be equal in size to Miss
Branch. (I think is her name).
I cannot deliver your message to Cap Cunningham as he left here this morning for
Richmond before your letter received and if he had not, I think he understands pretty
well what my opinion of him is as I have expressed it pretty freely. We all have such a
high regard for him that he succeeded in getting four out of the 88 men (the number
of men now in the Company) to re enlist under him, and he doubtless made those four
promises of officer, though I am not certain about that, so of course you see we love
him dearly, as the girls say.
You say the Howitzers complain of leading inactive a life, we have no cause of
complaint on that score. I can assure you, and I would like very much to exchange
places with them for a short time. I think they would become tired of leading the life
that we do in about two weeks and would very willing to exchange back. If they
should be ordered to North Carolina they would soon find out what service is.
March 9, 1862
Before finishing your letter we had to change our camp on account of the rumored
advance of the enemy and I had but a few hours rest before I was ordered off on a
twelve mile picket and have just returned (7 o’clock p.m.). having been from camp
nearly two days and a night, and besides standing guard, have marched 24 miles.
I feel too tired and sleepy to write you as long a letter as would like.
You may expect to hear stirring news from here in a few days. Give my love to Thom
and all the homefolk. Your affect. Bro. Greer.” (Comes with a copy of a fully signed
Greer H. Baughman
Residence was not listed;
Enlisted on 8/2/1862 as a 1st Sergeant.
On 8/2/1862 he mustered into "C" Co. VA 38th Battn Heavy Artillery
(date and method of discharge not given)
He was listed as:
* Wounded 6/4/1834 (place not stated) (In neck and ear)
* Furloughed 7/16/1864 (place not stated) (For 40 days)
* Hospitalized 8/27/1864 Chimborazo Hospl, Richmond, VA
* Returned 9/24/1864 (place not stated)
* Oath Allegiance 5/16/1865 Richmond, VA
* Sergt Major