Ferdinand Van Derveer correspondence, 1861-1870
Ferdinand Van Derveer letter to his wife.
Courtesy of Smith Library of Regional History
Brigadier General Ferdinand Van Derveer (1823-1892)
- Smith Library of Regional History, (Oxford, Ohio)
- Lawyer, born in Middletown, Ohio; fought in the Mexican War; organized the 35th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment and became its first colonel; 1864, appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers and assigned to the IV Corps in Alabama in Jan. 1865; after the war returned to Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, and served as judge.
- Chiefly Civil War correspondence of Ferdinand Van Derveer, to his wife Emily and family in Hamilton, Ohio.
- Excerpt from Nov. 20, 1863 letter:
- ""My men all behaved splendidly and have added to the laurels they won at Chickamauga. The fight did not end until it was too dark to aim. We remained all night on the ground we have won," he added. "In less than an hour after the fight was over, I was sitting under a tree by a big fire reading a letter which had just arrived from my dear little woman. And, although surrounded by the dead and dying, my thoughts were all away up in Ohio with you and our children. I was grateful for the letter, and was doubly acceptable at that time when everything about exhibited the terrible carnage of the battlefield."
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