Other Letters in the Monfort Papers

These letters are neither to nor from the principal correspondents in the collection (Elias Riggs Monfort, Margaret Monfort, Emma Taylor, and J. Gordon Taylor).

  Hanover students from His167 "Speaking of American History" (Fall 2017), taught by Sarah McNair Vosmeier, transcribed these letters. The originals are available at the Duggan Library Archives, Hanover College (Hanover, Ind.).

For more on the people, places, and events discussed in the Monfort Papers, see the Guide to the Elias Riggs Monfort Letter Collection.   Other transcriptions and page images from the Monfort collection are also available.


James H Anthony, letter to John Torrence, 14 May 1862, folder 3, box 1, Elias Riggs Monfort Collection, Duggan Library, Hanover College (Hanover, Ind.).
Transcription by Kea Callihan, HC 2021.

May the 14th, 1862 [Leulion?] Ohio

Mr John Torrence Dear Sir I Received you letter some 2 weeks ago and was very glad to hear from you onse more

This leaves us all well and hopeing it may find you enjoying the same Blessing although I heard that you was deaf but I hope that your hearing has come to you by this time 

Peter is still here he has not got any Better of his Rupture.   well John I have nothing of interest to write on the present occasion.  I delivered the message you sent to Manda, S. she said all right she would answer your letter if you wrote to her and last Sunday she was asking me whether I had written to you.   I told her I would write this week[.]   I think she has been looking for a letter from you John if you want a nice little wife to sleep with you had better Secure her at once as she has a good many beaus  I showed her your letter and it pleased her[.]  the Rest of the girls that you was acquainted with is all Right Side up yet[.]  Eliza Davis is still liveng at John Swinks  yet she asked me about you nearly every Sunday whether I have heard from you   Hetty Swink & John Tilton is a coarting [courting]  about Right[.]  he sets up with her about twice a week some times until about Mid night  I thing that both of them ought to have there asses smacked

[in the margin: I expect to send this by Samuel Ruckman]

Henry Blake was brought back dead about 3 weeks a go  Mary Martin took it very hard

I have 2 brothers living not far from where you are I want you to try and see them  Tom Anthony lives on the calf pasture River on the Road leading from Staunton to Beverly just 18 miles before you get to Staunton North west of Staunton and Brother John lives 8 miles futher west on the warm Spring Road running from warm Springs to Harrison burg [.] he lives just about 8 or 10 mile east of Williams where I understand you had som wagons burned up and horses Stold[.] if you go from Monteray to Staunton you will go Right past Toms house if you go in the neiboarhood of them enquirees of the natives about them and if you find them tel them about me and you write to me about it[.]  I would be so glad to here from them as it has been about 18 months since I heard from them[.] don’t forget to make enquires about them Right to me as soon as you get this and let me know just where you are as I know all about that county it may be you may work in my old Virginia Shop as you go towards Staunton it is in the forks of the Road just where the road turns of to go to Staunton from Beverly it is a log shop with a shed on both sides of it just 18 miles befoar you get to Staunton   

Jas H Anthony

Write to me as soon as you get this  

[in the margin: Mary Marling told us severa times to Send you her Best Respects, so now you have got them


Robert Reily, letter to Reverend J.G. Monfort, 13 Jan. 1863, Folder 1, Box 1, Elias Riggs Monfort Collection, Duggan Library, Hanover College (Hanover, Ind.)
Transcription by Gracie Phillips, HC 2021.

Stafford CH Va
Jany 13’ 1863

Rev. J G Monfort


Knowing that  it would be gratifying to you, it has long been my desire to drop you a line commendatory of  the conduct of your Son 1st Lieut. Elias Monfort. But being so much occupied in [menchly?] also so much of my time having been taken up with the necessary duties of the Regiment, so long under my sole command, that I have been necessarily detered from doing so.

Throughout the whole of our Western Virginia campaign under [strikeout: Milroy] Generals Milroy, Schenck Fremont – Pope & Sigel also, more recently, in the 11th army camp under Sigel. I have seen much of Elias --  and always have taken an interest in him. He is one of the very few Officers of the regiment who can be said always to have been at their post. In regards the company to which he is attached as one of the best drilled and disciplined companies of the regiment[.]  no company I [believe?] has been better held together -- throughout our hard marches, hard fighting and harder fare [--] than Co F. No little credit for this is due to Elias yet of course much is due his sterling commander.  

I regard it as a matter of [specia patulation?] to you sir, that your son has escaped the ordinary and terribly pernicious vices of the Army. Profanity, vulgarity, and intemperance.

It pains me to admit that he has been not been with out the example in any one of this Soldierly qualifications before him in this Regiment, and that too, in this high authority and last, the not least your son enjoys the esteem and respect of every officer in the Regiment. My earnest prayer is that he may long live to enjoy the same and to still contribute his valuable services to a cause so worthy. With [great?] respect,
I am your most [illegible]

[Rob?] Reily, Major
75 Reg OVI  

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