This letter is from James Lindsey's brother Solomon. This letter appears to have been written in haste (or by a tired person) as it degenerates into a scrawl in places. The regiment's veterans were coming back from furlough at this time, following a march to the relief of Knoxville (Tennesee).
Washington Hanmore survived the measles but not the war. He had enlisted as a private at the age of 21 in Company A, 73rd Infantry Regiment Ohio on 10 February 1864 and was killed during the Campaign of the Carolinas on 19 March 1865 in Bentonville, NC, just 4 months before the regiment was mustered out. He was buried at the Raleigh National Cemetery, Section 4 Site 74. His mother Catherine filed for his war pension benefits.
Josephus Cooper did survive the war. He was born about 1842 in Benton, Hocking County, Ohio. He was literally the next-door neighbors of the Lindsey family in the 1860 census. In 1870 he was back home in Ohio living with his parents and siblings, working as a farm laborer. In 1880 he's a farmer married to Maria (4 years his junior), with step-daughter Hadassia and step-son Rome Given the ages of the kids, I'd guess her first husband was killed in the war.
The Letter Contents
Lookout Valey Tennasee March the 6, 1864 Dear friends I am swell at preasant. And hope you are well and harty. I received A letter from home We are in camp in the same plase we was camped in when we started [from] home We got hear on the 2 of March it was prety cold but it has got very warm and prety. We have gone to work to bild quarters and have them prety near don. Our Corps is guarden the railroad from Bridgesport to Chattanoga and the Officers says we will get to stay hear all sumer but there is no telling. The 27 Ohio Regt is on this road some whare as guards We have pleanty to eat and have soft Bread every day and eaven trout whitch eats prety well the time goes prety fast and will I supose as long as we have pleanty to eat Washington Hanmore has taken the Measles and has gon to the Hospital and Josephus Coaper has bin prety purley but has got better I shall not write for severl days to pap for I have so many to write and this will do for A few days When you write tell me how my colt is and tell me all the noos tell me every little thing for it is noos to me Well I have got tired of writing and most close write often Direct to Company A 73 Ohio Regt Nashville Tenn Solomon Lindsey