Abraham Slough Letters


Letter from Lt. James E. Hyden
to Lydia A. Slough

February 18, 1863

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                                Camp 59th Regt Ind Infty., Memphis
                                                                Feb 18th 1863         

  Mrs. A. Slough,
                           Its with great sorrow and
regret that I write to you this Morning  to infor
=m you of the death of your Husband Abreham
Slough.  he died at the Overton Hospital
in Memphis Monday Morning the 16th Inst. at
2 Oclock Morning.  I did all in my power
to get leave of abscence to bring his rem
anes home—but failed to get leave,
I saw him burried in the [Elem?] Wood
Cemetry One and a half Milds South East
of the citty, and near our Camp. if you wish
his remines moved there will be no trouble in
doing so, I have been careful so as to give the neces=
sary instructions to any one coming for him in
case we should Move which I expect we will
do shortly.  the Coffin used was a good plane
one without being panted. the net size is as
folows 6 ft 5 inches in length.  20 ˝ inches in
width. 15 ˝ inches in debth. this is the correct
masure of the Coffin I was particular about



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thinking it would be an advantage in case a box
lined with zink was used in place of a Metalic
Coffin, there will be no dificulty in finding the
Cemetry or Grave yard by inquireing at the citty
for instructions how to find the grave I will
give a Map on the oposite page as best I can
this will enabel any one to find the grave with
=out any troubel.  there is quite a number of fresh
graves clost to where he is buried. there is three
Oak trees standing a few steps from the grave these
trees I will designate by figures l—2 and 3 the
figure 3 will represent the largest tree and is
full two feet true at the stump.  this tree stands
about 8 steps South of the grave the other two are
north of the grave.  there is a small board at the
head of the grave which has the folowing inscrip=
tion.  A. Slough From State of Indiana
Co. A. 59th Regt
                           In bhaf of the Bereved Family of
Sergeant Slough I would say the entire cimpa
thy of all the Company are for them.  he expressed
a wilingness to go his daily walk and conver
sation told that he was prepared to go that home

prepared for those Who put there trust in the Lord


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[Diagram of grave that includes
paragraph below]


The Grave that has
the cross thers      is
the Orderlys  grave.
the inscription on the
head bard is to the                                                



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in conclusion I would say if there is
any further instructions that I can give will
take plasure in doing so.
            Respectfuly Your Friend in this time of
   Bereavement        James E. Hyden Lt Co “A 59 Regt”



  *Note to researcher:  This letter has been transcribed by Archives staff verbatim
as the words appear on the original written page.  The spacing, punctuation, and
capitalization are identical.  Words that are unclear have been enclosed in brackets.