Civil War Diaries
of William Owen, Co K., 86th New York Vols
& Robert T. Douglass, Co. F, 47th Va. Regt.

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


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	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


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