Sergeant Oliver Coonrod, Company H 58th Ohio Infantry Volunteers
Hardin County, Tennessee
April 6, 1862
This blessed Sunday morning with Thankfulness to Almighty God, I take you in hand to inform you that I am well and trust these few lines may find you and all the children enjoying good health. Yesterday morning we were called up about 3 o’clock in a great hurry. We got ready but did not march till daylight. Then we went about 4 miles to a town called Adamsville. We looked for a fight but found none, so we went back to camp again. But this morning there is powerful heavy cannoning south of us and we are again ordered to be ready. Perhaps in a few hours we will leave for the scene of action. But the boys seem to ready for a fight. I think powerful results will manifest themselves pretty soon but for my part I wish to be resigned to my fate hoping at the time God may bring me safe through. I have confidence that God will work things right whether I live or die. And now my beloved wife I exhort you to be prayerful trusting the Lord for our Salvation. Take as good care of the little children as you can. God will bless you if you do right. I would like to see you very bad but I must strive for liberty, and after the war is over I hope to come home and if I don’t will you try to meet me in Heaven above. I know if we do right we will all see each other sometime. Tell little Cassy and Tenie and Alfred that Pop loves them very much and that they must be good. Now Almira for you my heart beats constantly with love stronger than ever before. I would rather see you than any other person in the world. Though some people says or may say because I went to war I don’t like you, they are mistaken very much. So, I must soon close. I have to close for we are going to leave right away. Farewell my loving wife and little children. Pray that the spirit of God may follow me and be in my heart and yours. I remain yours.
O. Coonrod to A. Coonrod
Note: Oliver Coonrod survived the war and was a chaplain with the GAR. He died April 7, 1923.