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19445 Charles W. Hills 7th Iowa Infantry Camp Lyon Letter Re: General Fremont
ALS on patriotic stationery, 2pp,1861. “Dear Father, I heard through Alice that you
had returned from country and also from a letter I received from grandmother and
Estella, announcing that you had departed from Southington. I wrote to mother, but
have reveived no answer as yet, but shall look for it by tomorrow’s mail. It afforded
me great pleasure indeed to hear from both of them, and particularly Suzy, whom,
however I can only see as a rosy cheeked little child, whom we all loved dearly. The
change has been so great that I can hardly realize it, the jump from girlhood to
womanhood has been so much that, my absence so long from you all has not prepared
me for the change. I answered their letter by return mail, and very glad indeed to
place them on my list of correspondents, as I find that I have a good deal of extra time
which I cannot infuse with more profit to myself, and I hope pleasure to my friends.
My health is improving very fast, and the boys of my mess say I am getting fat which I
sincerely hope may be the case as I have never been blessed with a superabundance of
The only news we have in camp is the taking of the command from Gen. Fremont,
instating in his place Maj. Gen. Hunter. There are many admirers of Fremont here, and
believe that had he been left alone he would have redeemed himself. But I fear that
there has been not only an unwarranted assumption of power of authority and that he
through some cause either was glad to post himself, or that he was not equal to the
emergency on the occasion of a failure to reinforce Lyons and in the Fort Lexington
affair which cases had proper reinforcements been afforded them the war in Missouri
would have been closed ere this and we in all probability much nearer the end of this
war – the complete subjugation of the South. Be this as it may the people must have
confidence in the actions not only of the Commander-in-Chief; but in the every act of
the administration or our cause is doubtful. It is hard to believe that such a man as
Fremont could have been guilty of the charges brought against him by Blair but the
authorities that be have seen fit to recognize them and we must be content. What
Hunter will do we will see.
A feeling seems to prevail here and at Cairo – its being offered in Cairo that the war will
close in three months and that the south will sue for a settlement. God grant that this
may be the case as it will save the spilling of much blood and many lives.
I have not rec’d the blanket yet, but a letter came to hand from Mr. Brace a day or
two since saying that it awaited my order. I wrote him to send it by express to me at
this place. There has been no fighting in this vicinity since I wrote you last.
The weather is certainly fine today. But as this is a changeable climate we do not
know what tomorrow will be.
Your son, Charles W. Hills
Charles W. Hill
Residence Marengo IA; 25 years old.
Enlisted on 7/24/1861 as a Private.
On 7/24/1861 he mustered into "G" Co. IA 7th Infantry
He was discharged on 7/8/1862 at St Louis, MO
born in Pennsylvania