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[Letter from David Osterhout to Orlando Osterhout, July 29, 1860]

Description: Letter from David Osterhout to his brother, Orlando Osterhout, discussing his family. His children had gotten well after having the measles and he said they were doing well after moving to Texas. The hot weather was making it difficult for David to work and he wished he had money to buy cattle and sheep to lighten his work load. He hoped his letter found Orlando well and wanted to hear from him soon.
Date: July 29, 1860
Creator: Osterhout, David
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from J. W. McDade to Headquarters, March 19, 1862]

Description: Letter from J. W. McDade to Headquarters concerning Private John Patterson Osterhout's detachment. The brief message stated that John was officially detached from his unit and had to report back to his company after seven days.
Date: March 19, 1862
Creator: McDade, J. W.
Partner: Austin College

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

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.
Date: January 24, 1864
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Partner: Austin College

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

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.
Date: January 24, 1864
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from Jeff Thompson to D. N. Hennen, May 21]

Description: Letter from Jeff Thompson to D. N. Hennen esquire informing him of his capture by the Union Army. Thompson was a part of a company from Louisiana that was surrendered to the Union. He requested that Hennen send a letter to his wife to let her know he was in good health and being taken care of in the area they were being held.
Date: unknown
Creator: Thompson, Jeff
Partner: Austin College

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

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.
Date: September 24, 1864
Creator: Page, S. C.
Partner: Austin College

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

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.
Date: October 30, 1864
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Partner: Austin College

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

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."
Date: May 14, 1866
Creator: Richardson, Leyman
Partner: Austin College

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

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."
Date: March 1, 1869
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from Sarah Hartly to Junia Roberts Osterhout, December 10, 1870]

Description: Letter from Sarah Hartly to Junia Roberts Osterhout. The letter was written in two parts on different days. In the first half, Sarah informs Junia of her daily life. In the second portion of the letter, she tells Junia that she recently received news of a death in the family and writes about how her children have grown.
Date: December 10, 1870
Creator: Hartly, Sarah
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, November 30, 1870]

Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout. He wrote to her from a boarding house and related to her how his travels have been recently and what his plans are. He briefly mentioned the danger of attacks from Indians on the next part of his trip to Stephenville.
Date: November 30, 1870
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from Junia Roberts Osterhout to John Patterson Osterhout, December 4, 1870]

Description: Letter from Junia Roberts Osterhout to her husband, John Patterson Osterhout. She wrote a short letter to update her husband on what was happening at home with their children. She hoped that he would be home soon and that she would receive a letter from him shortly.
Date: December 4, 1870
Creator: Osterhout, Junia Roberts
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout, July 16, 1870]

Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his mother. He wrote to her to inform her about his family's affairs. He told her about his work and his affiliation with the radical Republican Party. In the letter, he stated that he believed they were the South's hope for prosperity.
Date: July 16, 1870
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from E. Kirlin to Junia Roberts Osterhout, July 20, 1870]

Description: Letter from E. Kirlin to his sister, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He wrote to let her know that a package had been sent out for her. He mentioned their mother being ill recently and a trip he was planning to take soon.
Date: July 20, 1870
Creator: Kirlin, E.
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from Junia Roberts Osterhout to John Patterson Osterhout, November 13, 1870]

Description: Letter from Junia Roberts Osterhout to her husband, John Patterson Osterhout. She wrote her husband to let him know how she and their children were doing at home. She mentioned that their son, Paul, had started going to school again recently and would be writing a letter to John soon.
Date: November 13, 1870
Creator: Osterhout, Junia Roberts
Partner: Austin College

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

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.
Date: January 9, 1870
Creator: Osterhout, Sarah
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from P. M. Osterhout to John Patterson Osterhout, February 13,1871]

Description: Letter from P. M. Osterhout to his brother, John Patterson Osterhout. P. M. Osterhout wrote his brother about their family and his work with legislation. He briefly mentions a few bills that were being considered, such as an amendment to the civil code.
Date: February 13, 1871
Creator: Osterhout, P. M.
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from Junia Roberts Osterhout to John Patterson Osterhout, March 7, 1871]

Description: Letter from Junia Roberts Osterhout to her husband, John Patterson Osterhout. She wrote how ill she had been feeling recently and how much she and their children have missed John while he has been gone. An envelope addressed to J. P. Osterhout is included.
Date: March 7, 1871
Creator: Osterhout, Junia Roberts
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from M. A. DeWitt to Junia Roberts Osterhout, March 12, 1871]

Description: Letter from M. A. DeWitt to her sister, Junia Roberts Osterhout. She wrote to tell Junia what her children and mother had been up to recently. She mentioned her children's education and other bits of local news. An envelope addressed to Mrs. J. P. Osterhout is included.
Date: March 12, 1871
Creator: DeWitt, M. A.
Partner: Austin College