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[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, January 24, 1864]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, January 24, 1864]

Date: January 24, 1864
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout, discussing his time with the Confederate Army. He was grateful to receive her letters from home and detailed the marches that he had been enduring. Like many of the other men felt unwell, he felt unwell, and they were preparing for battle when he concluded the first part of his letter. The second part was written the next day after the soldier's new camp had been secured. The men were living off of a diet of oysters that day and John thought they might be reorganizing later that month. He wished he could see his children, especially his eldest son, Paul Osterhout, and hoped they would stay safe.
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[Transcript of Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, January 24, 1864]

[Transcript of Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, January 24, 1864]

Date: January 24, 1864
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Transcript of letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout, discussing his time with the Confederate Army. He was grateful to receive her letters from home and detailed the marches that he had been enduring. Like many of the other men, he felt unwell, and they were preparing for battle when he concluded the first part of his letter. The second part was written the next day after the soldier's new camp had been secured. The men were living off of a diet of oysters that day and John thought they might be reorganizing later that month. He wished he could see his children, especially his eldest son, Paul Osterhout, and hoped they would stay safe.
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[Letter from S. C. Page, September 24, 1864]

[Letter from S. C. Page, September 24, 1864]

Date: September 24, 1864
Creator: Page, S. C.
Description: Letter from S. C. Page to friend discussing her travels to hospitals to tend to wounded soldiers from Louisiana. She took with her sacks of clothes and letters and gave money when she could. She was appalled at the injuries she saw and the lack of clothing some men received while they were hospitalized. Page went to multiple hospitals and introduced herself to the Louisianan soldiers to give them company. She earned the nickname "Lady Bountiful" during her travels.
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[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, October 30, 1864]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, October 30, 1864]

Date: October 30, 1864
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout, discussing his time traveling with his oxen wagon. He and his companion, Jo, have had difficulties keeping the oxen in line and have been searching for the ones that have run off. On the route he has taken, he noticed a lot of cotton making its way to Mexico. He was asking around for the price of a bushel of wheat and because of the missing oxen, he was unable to purchase as much as he had planned. He closed his letter by telling her he would be unable to return home until December.
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[General Pass for John Patterson Osterhout]

[General Pass for John Patterson Osterhout]

Date: January 16, 1865
Creator: unknown
Description: General pass for John Patterson Osterhout from the Provost Marshal General's Office. The pass allowed John to travel in Texas under oath that he would not leak any information about the Confederate States of America.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Certificate of Voter Registration for John Patterson Osterhout]

[Certificate of Voter Registration for John Patterson Osterhout]

Date: October 31, 1865
Creator: Oney, C. B.
Description: Certificate of voter registration for John Patterson Osterhout in Austin county. Chief Justice of Austin county, C. B. Oney, testified that John fulfilled the oath of amnesty and John Campbell, county clerk, attested to the registration.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from Leyman Richardson to John Patterson Osterhout, May 14, 1866]

[Letter from Leyman Richardson to John Patterson Osterhout, May 14, 1866]

Date: May 14, 1866
Creator: Richardson, Leyman
Description: Letter from Leyman Richardson to his friend, John Patterson Osterhout, in response to a letter John sent a month earlier. Leyman was grateful to hear that John had survived the Civil War and informed him of what was happening with the Richardson family. The government requested that Leyman be in charge of a school for children who were orphaned by the war, but decided it was too big of a project for his family. Included is an envelope addressed to "John P. Osterhout."
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from Libbie to Junia Roberts Osterhout, March 1, 1869]

[Letter from Libbie to Junia Roberts Osterhout, March 1, 1869]

Date: March 1, 1869
Creator: unknown
Description: Letter from Libbie to her aunt, Junia Roberts Osterhout, about life in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Libbie wrote of a recent, elegant wedding she had attended and some of the fashion she had been seeing recently. At school, she got held after for breaking one of the rules. The letter closed when it became too late for her to continue writing. Included is an envelope addressed to "Mrs. J. P. Osterhout."
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[Letter from Sarah Osterhout to John Patterson Osterhout, January 9, 1870]

[Letter from Sarah Osterhout to John Patterson Osterhout, January 9, 1870]

Date: January 9, 1870
Creator: Osterhout, Sarah
Description: Letter from Sarah Osterhout to her son, John Patterson Osterhout. She told her son about her health, family members, and local news. She wrote in length about people she knew and mentioned that she wished to send John some vegetables.
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[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, May 8, 1870]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, May 8, 1870]

Date: May 8, 1870
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He was writing from the State capitol about his time working there. He wrote of his opinion of the Republican Party and wished his wife and family well.
Contributing Partner: Austin College