Wonderful early Indian war four page ALS from 22nd infantry officer, George Luttrell Ward, to his friend and Medal of Honor recipient Theophilus F. Rodenbough. This letter is most likely dated before 1870, because Rodenbough retired with the rank of colonel from the Army in December of 1870.
Here's a transcript:
I wonder what you are doing with yourself this dreary December morning. What sort of life do you lead in a fort? I suppose the festive board is not often graced by the presence of sweet woman. Ah! this is dreadful for a man who has been basking in the sunshine of their smiles for so long a time as yourself, now if you were on the warpath, it might be a slight recompense, no spells so potent that the bugles blast or the neighing of a squadron
(page 2) of horse will not break. I won't say a word about stables that is not poetical. I started out with the intention of sympathizing with you, and this is sympathy with a vengeance. I made a party call at to Chegary's the other night, saw the charming Ruiz, who talked with sweet na´vetÚ, about panthers and large game, innocently wondering whether you were in any danger. I told her no and she was relieved and wondered why you were not at the soriee, as she sent you a card. I enclose another entrusted to me for delivery. I dined with Mrs. Cowan Sunday
(page 3) last. She inquired all about you and pitied you a way out at Fort Leavenworth. Would it be possible for you to get me a letter, signed by the officers of your regiment, addressed to the Secty of War, asking him to appoint me in your regiment, I think with that
(page 4) I could secure an appointment. The Steeles send all sorts of sweet messages and Mrs. Cowan when wants to know if Capt. Capt. Capt. there I have forgotten, and his wife are stationed at Fort Leavenworth will find out their names and tell you next time. Write to me and address to Reading Rail Road office 4th Millings Alley.
Sincerely, yr friend.
G. Luttrell Ward
Sunday Dec. 17th"
Letter in fine condition with wear shown in scan. Minor remnant of border where letter had been tipped into a scrap book. Rodenbough was awarded the Medal of Honor for distinguished gallantry in action at Trevillian Station, Virginia, June 11, 1864, where he was severely wounded while handling his regiment with skill and valor while serving as a captain in the 2nd US Calvary.
Ward had a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Army. He served in the Civil War with the 3rd Pennsylvania Calvary. Postwar, he was transferred to the 22nd US infantry, until his retirement in 1891. A great look at Indian War Army life!
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