Letters written by Capt. John L. Green, Co. F, 150th N.Y. Vols.,
to his wife Josephine Russell.

(transcribed and edited by Loreen Wells)

                          Offcer's Hospital
                          Nashvill  Tenn
                                Sep 30" 1864
Dear Wife
                I left Atlanta about ten
days ago. I was troubled with a severe
diareaha when I left. We were delayed
on the road more than two days on act of the
rebels tearing up the track. When I arrived at
Nashvill. I had to go to bed imediatly.
The diareha has turned to the dysentary
Audjtant Cruger who head from one of 
the privates that I had arrived in town
the night before called on me the 
next morning. He has been very kind to 
me since I have been here  He is here 
waiting to go to his Reg. There has been
no train that has left here for the South
in a week. There is no certinty when 
one will leave. I am very weak dear 
and can scarcly sit up to write. I would
have written to you Sunday but did 
not feel able   I boarded 13 (3?) days at the 
Swanee House and thy charged for me and
Bob $20.  I found I could not stand this 
so I got money enough of Leut Cruger
to pay my bills and leave   The post
paymaster here is out of funds and
will not be able to pay until next Monday
I do not know what I should have
done if it had not been for Cruger
He went to the medical director of the
post and got a permit for me to enter
the Officers Hospital where it only cost
me $1 a day and then I have medical 
attendance  Bob is acting as cook
for a lot of officers in our brigade
who are waiting here for a chance
to go South  Leut Mooney is one of
them  He was up to see me yesterday
He says he called on you and Mrs P before
he left Pokeepsie and that you told
him you were coming on this winter
I hope it will be so that you can
I do not know when I will be able
to go to the front  The Dr says if I 
am able to get around in a month
I may think myself lucky
If I stay here any length of time 
I will try and get a furlough
from the hospital   But I fell 
weak dear and must close
I will send you what mony
I can spare as soon as I get
Good bye Darling  when I write again
I hope I will feel better  Give my 
love to M____ and Florence and all
friends and believe me ever your
affectionate husband 

____ my clothes are in poor condition and I do not want to buy any here  They charge
so mutch for nothing  If you have not sent the coat yet I wish you
would send it to Nashvill  Direct it and all letters to ------------>

Officers Hospital or rather mark it 
Robt G Wilson Private Co F 150th Reg 
in care of Capt C_____ Officers Hospital

                           Officers Hospital
                              Nashvill Tenn
                                 Oct 2 1864
Dear Wife -
                I am feeling better to day. The 
griping pain I have had in my stomach 
has left me in a great measure
I am still passing blood but not in
such quantums as when I first
came here. All I have to eat is 
three Cups of Buttermilk per day.
The Dr will not even allow me
a slice of bread. You know I never
was mutch of an eater but if I
could get hold of the leg of a chicken
Sickup or no Sickup, Dr or no Dr I
would demolish it. I am used
to going without meals but four 
days on buttermilk is rather too
mutch for my stomach. I am in 
hopes he will increase my rations
soon  I do not wish to find
any fault with him, I know he
is doing it for my own intrest for
I fell a great deal better since I
came here. The Dr is going to
send down for my pay tomorrow
(Monday)  I hope he will get the
whole amount so that I will 
be able to send or bring you
a good sum. Bob comes
up to see me every day. I would
have brought him here with me
but he has a good place with
the officers down town and
it does not cost me anything
for his board. All he has to do
is to purchase the articles
needed for the table. The officers
like him very mutch. If I get 
a leave of absence I will
bring him with me  He says
he will pay his own fare and
wait on me in the bargin
The hospital is pleasanty situated
the Dr and the nurses are very
There is a Leut of the 3 Kentucky
Infantry rooming with me. His 
Reg is here and will be musterd 
out tomorrow and go home
but he poor man cannot go
with them. He has the consump__
and it will be but a short 
time before the great mustering 
officer will muster him
out of the world   I expect 
the Audjtant up this afternoon
I feel very grateful for his kindness
He has acted like a brother to
me. The road is still cut
and no trains have left for 
Atlanta yet. Cruger has been
in Nashvill ten days on expense
I think he will have a
fine bill to pay  Besides that
I brought him the news that 
his horse had died a few 
days after entering Atlanta. I suppose
the horse died of joy on acount
of the capture of the city
I wrote to you to send the
dr_ coat to me at this hospital
if you have not sent it to the 
front It will be some time
before I can leave the hospital
the Dr says, so if you have
any letters or anything to send
me, direct as follows
      JLG &c
           Officers Hospital
              Nashvill Tenn
The coat you can send to 
Robt G Wilson private Co. F 150th care of
me. I know of nothing to write 
dearest that will interest you
so I will close  I wish I 
was with you to day  I think
if I was home I would
get well soon. Give my 
love to all and believe me
ever your affecitonate husband


                       Officers Hospital
                    Oct 11 1864

Dear Wife
                 I recevd your letter
of the 6" last. night  You
cannot think how happy I 
was to hear from you
I felt quite smart yesterday and
went down town to see about
having the baggage shiped
But the exersise brought
on the diareaha again and
I fell quite weak this morning
You can think what a lot
of baggage I had to ship
when it took 6 mule teams 
to transport it to the Depot
The floor of the building
where the  goods were stored
broke down some time 
ago and mashed some
of the boxes and barrels
So between dust and 
dirt and broken boxes
Bob and me a sweet
time of it.  Some of 
the boxes had a lot of
hospital stoves piled on 
them which we had to 
move. before we could 
get at them But thank 
providence I have got 
through with the job
My application for a leave 
of Asence has gone in
I do not know for certain
if it will be granted but
I live in hopes  If 
it does not come in 
a day or two I will send
 the mony by Express for
I know you are sadly 
in wants of funds. I
shall be real disapointed
if I do not get home. I 
have set my heart on
going to old Dutchess this
fall. I have not heard
from Sammy since I left
Atlanta. I wrote to him 
and sent the letter by 
the Audjtant to have 
him forward my letters
to me at the hospital
The rebels have been 
raising old hobb with
the track down near
Atlanta and it is hard
telling when they will have
the trains in runing
order, But Bob is going 
down town and I want
to send this by him so
I will bid you good
bye dearest  I will 
write to you again soon
if I do not bring 
myself  Give my love
to all and believe me ever 
your affectionate husband


           Nashville Tenna.
                   Oct. 17"/64
Mrs. Green.
                                 I take
mode of informing of the
Captains illness having been
taken sick Yesterday and to day
so far --
            The Captain is under the 
expectation of receiving a furlough.
The Doctor says he will do 
what is in his power for him.
the Captain has sent his 
goods down to the Regiment
         The Captain says he will
write to you in a day or
two if he feels better
and if not I will write and
inform  you of how he is
getting along. _________
        So no more at 
        present. So you must
       excuse the writing of
           Your Obs. Srvt.

                for J L. Green
                      Capn Co F
PS If Captain starts or receives
his leave of absence before 
he writes again, he will 
go by the way of Albany.

February 15, 1886
State of New York
City & County of New York

            In the matter of the claim to Pension no. 331.858 of Josephine R. Green widow
of John L. Green deceased late of Co. F. 150th Regt N.Y. Vols.
            I, Samuel H. Paulding, being duly sworn according to law say: that my age is
58 years. I reside at 638 Hudson St, New York City. My business is Cooper. My place of
business is 23 Little 12th st, said City, where I have been located for the past 18 years.
In the late war I was orderly sergeant, 2nd Lieutenant & 1st Lieutenant, respectively, in
Co. F. 150th Regt. New York Vols. I enlisted in September 1862, and was discharged in June
1865. I was personally well acquainted with the above named deceased John L. Green, during
his service in said Regiment - I well knew him for fifteen years immediately before he
enlisted and from the time of his discharge from the service until his death. He was my
brother-in-Law. I further say that the said John L Green who was Captain of said company,
while in the military service aforesaid, and in the line of his duty as a soldier at
Atlanta, in the State of Georgia, in the month of September in the year A.D. 1864, was
taken sick with a severe Chronic Diarrhea, for which he was sent from his regiment to
Hospital, at Nashville Tenn. That he did not rejoin his regiment until sometime in or
about the month of March 1865. He then rejoined it, at Gouldsborough, North Carolina. He
continued with his regiment up to the time of his discharge. That the claimant in this
case is my sister-in-law  I know her to be the widow of the said deceased John L Green. I
was not present at the marriage, but Knew about its going to take place prior to the time
it occurred, which was in the year 1853. About a week after their marriage the said John L
Green and his said wife the claimant, came to my house which was then located at
Rhinebeck, New York. and remained with me, about one year. From the time of their marriage
in the year A.D. 1853, up to the death of the said John L Green, the said John L Green and
Josephine R Green, lived and cohabited together as husband and wife, always spoke of and
to each other as such, and were so recognized and publicly reputed to be such, in the
community where they resided. I further say that neither the claimant, or her husband had
been married, prior to their marriage to each other, and that the said claimant has not
remarried since the death of her husband John L Green.  The matters stated are Known to me
of my own Knowledge and I have no interest whatever in this matter. The said John L Green
and myself married sisters.
                                                         Samuel H. Paulding

John L. Green died March 24, 1877, at Long Island City, N.Y. He is buried at Rhinebeck, N.Y.

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