D. E. Carson to Richard Yates


D. E. Carson to Richard Yates


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Bloomington Dec. 11th

Gov. Yates

The apology due you for thus intruding myself upon your time and attention, you will find in the statement which, after long hesitation I have concluded to make - trusting to the noble and generous impulses of your nature for pardon should the liberty I am taking be unwarrantable and the request I make unreasonable --- I am unused to beg - for scarce anything else would I --

My husband Delos Carson enlisted in the U.S. service about Oct. 28th 1862 in the 3rd Ills. Cavalry - Co. I.

He served as private until some time in November or December of the following year when he recruited and was commissioned Captain of Battery D. 1st Alabama Heavy Artillery (Colored) -- afterwards 6th U. S. Heavy Artillery -- a part of which regiment you are aware helped make up the garrison at Fort Pillow - April last--

My Husband was of the number who survived the battle to be cruelly murdered after laying down his arms - for proof of which I beg leave to refer you to the published report of the Investigating Committee upon the conduct of the war &.c.

His body was placed in a coffin & [illegible] so that I could have it removed to this place - The season has arrived when I could best have it done & my greatest desire is to have it accomplished -- Leaving home - his business was sacrificed -- He served faithfully & well never leaving his post for once to visit even me ---

I have supported myself & child by teaching thus far - but my salary is too small (and I have received nothing from Government yet) to allow me the means of defraying the expense of a trip to the Fort & back with my husbands body -- a vacation occurs in our school between the 22nd of this & the 7th of next month. Could you among your constant acts of mercy and generosity give me a pass so that during my vacation I may accomplish that which next to my country's salvation is my intensest desire --- In giving my husband - I gave my all -- a costly sacrifice - if he had met his fate other [illegible] wise I might have felt a free one --- I address you upon this subject because you have shown yourself so preeminently the friend of the soldier & the unfortunate -- I might refer you to Kersey Fell or Judge Davis in regard to this statement -- Begging pardon for

occupying your time to such an extent & praying that you will consider my petition I close

Gratefully and Truly

Your Humbl Servant

Mrs. D. E. Carson

Bloomington Ills.

Carson Mrs D. E

Bloomington Dec 11/64

In reference to her husband in the army.





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