Lancaster Co. Va. June 8th, 1867 Mr. Owen, Dear Sir. During the war I found on the battlefield a diary belonging to Wm. Owen which he requested to be sent to his parents should it be found by friend or foe. It happened to fall in my hands which he terms his foe; but as I was a soldier myself I sympathize with all soldiers whether friends or foes, and shall endeavor to send it to you as soon as I hear from you. I have always felt an anxiety to know whether the young man was killed or not. Twas found in one knapsack amoung a large pile which was left by the Federal soldiers; therefore I could not tell whether or not he was dead. I saw from his writing that he belonged to the Church of God. I should have sent it to you long ago but I had it with some of my things at a friends house in Richmond and have never had an opportunity of getting it till very recently I sent for them. I have it now all shall send to you as soon as I hear from you. Very Respectfully R. T. Douglass P.S. Address Robert T Douglass Lancaster Court House Virginia * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Lancaster Co. Va. Aug 20, 1867 Mr. Owen Dear Sir Your letter has been recd by me and I now endeavor to send you a few lines in co. with the diary. I am glad to find that you are living after such a struggle as we were all subjected to during the late rebellion. You wished to hear of my soldiering. Well twould take quiet a volume to relate my history. All I can tell you now is that I was in every engagement that the Army of Northern Virginia was in and was never wounded or captured. I belonged to a corps of sharpshooters nearly all the time and I know Ive been in 500 P skirmishes. After I found that diary I kept it up from the time you left off and that will tell you a good deal about my tramps and perhaps will amuse you very much in some places. I see that you have moved from where you used to live and now live in Pa. I have some idea of going away from this section myself for tis a hard country to live in now. Times are awful hard with us now and money is scarce as it can be. There is no business for a young man to engage in with us now and a good many are going West. Farming is nearly played out in this part of Va. How is times in Pa. now? You must write again and let me hear whether you got the diary safe or not. I shall always be glad to hear from you. You will please excuse pencil writing as I became so accustomed to it in camp I can hardly refrain from it now. I know of nothing to write that would interest you therefore will close by saying once an enemy in one sense of the word but now a friend. R.T. Douglass Lancaster CH Va.
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