Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

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Rutherford B. Hayes.

August 28, 2013

Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes

Camp White, West Virginia, September 28, 1863.

Dear Mother: — . . Your letter from Delaware dated the 20th came this morning. I am glad you are safely back to Mrs. Wasson’s pleasant home. I always feel uneasy when you have a journey before you.

Lucy left Webb and Ruddy with their Grandmother Webb at Mrs. Boggs’. Birch went with Uncle back to Fremont.

I am in no hurry about having my boys learn to write. I would much prefer they would lay up a stock of health by knocking around in the country than to hear that they were the best scholars of their age in Ohio.

I am glad to see that Laura’s husband has distinguished himself in the recent great battle and has escaped without injury. His good fortune will be gratifying intelligence at Columbus.

Lucy is in camp with me. Mrs. Comly (late Libby Smith) and Dr. Barrett’s wife are also in camp and make a pleasant little circle. She sends love. — Remember me to Sophia and Mrs. Wasson.

Affectionately, your son,


Mrs. Sophia Hayes.

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