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 John * ____ 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 Nashvill ___________ 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 Kind. 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 John _______________ 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 John ____________ Nashville Tenna. Oct. 17"/64 Mrs. Green. Madam. 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. Robt.G.Wilson 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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