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Title: Andrew Greenlees, Dayton to 'Dear Brother'
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGreenlees, Andrew/26
SenderGreenlees, Andrew
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginDayton, Ohio, USA
DestinationMagheramore, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
RecipientGreenlees, John
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD3561/A/26: The Papers of Prof. E.R.R. Green Deposited by Dr. P.R. Green
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N.Ireland
Doc. No.9902225
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:02:99.
Word Count1154
TranscriptDayton November 22d 1862

Dear Brother
I am happy to inform you
that we are all well. my son John commenced
going to school about four weeks ago and he is busy
to night at the table with me reading his lesson
he learns very easy easier than I ever did, my other
little prattler is at my other elbow prattling away
with all her might, while my better half sits a little
on the other side of her busy sewing like good Dorcas
of old thus you see if you could take a peep in on us
this sweet saturday night you would find us all
at least comfortable though I would say that
my little Mary is no great aid to me about writing;
news are scarce at present though I would infer
from what I can gather that we are on the eve of great
events Mc Clellan has been superceded
miserable slow fellow he ought to have been court
martialed and shot. the rebels were to [too?] quick for
him every time he has been in command of the grand
army of the potomac for eighteen months and what has he
done simply nothing or worse than nothing wasted at
least 60 or 70 thousand lives besides hundreds
of millions of dollars he had all the men and munitions
of war he asked for an army of a hundred & fifty thousand
men and upwards and yet by his do nothing policy the army
stays where it was one year ago on the banks of the potomac
but this do nothing policy is ended the government
at last seems to be fairly aroused to merit the
emergency of the case and any general or generals who
will not move upon the enemy at once and prove successfull
[successful?] may lay off his shoulder straps and go home
the [------?] of it is we have had to[too?] much sympathy
with the rebels all along we did not want to hurt them
our poor deluded bretheren [brethren?] of the south we do
not wish to injure them more just scare them back into the
union but this policy is played out it wont do the rebels
are fearfully in earnest and we are now about we have not
been heretofore (at least so I think) for instance at the
great battle of antietem [antietam?] Maryland the rebels
were fairly routed fleeing in all directions to get back
into Virginia and yet Mc Clelland[Mc Clellan?] never moved
after them not till the [they?] were all safe and sound
cross the river and had plenty of time to erect formidable
batteries on the opposite bank of the river and dispute
his passage it really does seem as though he designed all
along to aid the rebels as much as he safely could and it
also seems strange that old Abe (the president I mean)
did not shelf him long ago but thank God he is laid aside
at last and his snail like policy goes with him Burnside
his successor is a fighting man and a good general
it is said he has no sympathy for the rebels but would
give them shot and shell in abundance we have now
about one million of men in the field of these the gallant
state of Illinois furnished 150 thousand beside this
land force I think I am safe in saying that inside of
thirty days we will have ready for service the best Iron
clad fleet the world ever saw but over and above all this
we have justice on our side after the first day of January
all states found in rebellion against the government then
will loose their traffic in slavery all slaves therein are
declared free men for ever is not that a great point gained
a proclamation of emancipitation [emancipation?] to the
oppressed by the president of the united states I bless God
that I have lived to see this day; out of apparent evil and
distress God in his providence is bringing much good if
success had followed our arms all along we would not have
had the emancipation message reverses met our arms in the
swamp before Richmond on the Chickahominy also [--pes?]
from battles at the [Rapidan?] Rappahanacock [Rappahannock?]
[Cedar?] mountain and bulls run all these were defeats and
seemed a great evil while the victorious hordes of rebels
were within sight of Washington also invading
Maryland threatening Pensylania [Pennsylvania?] in fact
through a force into the [laller?], with another large force
threatening Louisville Kentucky and Cincinatti Ohio
then when things looked dark came the proclamation
of freedom puerly [purely?] as a war measure as a measure
benifiscal[beneficial?] to us and injurious to the rebels
thus you see God rang as it were this measure of justice
to the down trodden from our government against their wills
for I have reasons for saying if our armys [armies?] had been
able successfully to quell the rebellion the slaves would not
have been meddled with and more guarantys [guarantees?] would
have been given to the [slave?] [breeders?] in order to pacify
them and coax them back Vis [Viz?] an old saying man proposeth
but God disposeth even of all things according to the counsel
of his own will I find that I have taken up so much room with
this subject almost everything else is excluded before closing
I must give you some local news My wifes Father
died last July his complaint was heart disease
accompanied with a [paridylic?] stroke he died as a good
man diesth[dieth?] for him death had no terrors he was an
upright Christian and merely passed from earth to a purer and more
exalted state of happiness my w [wife?] her two brothers
John and Lifee and lifees oldest son are in the army
also Cousin James Brown John Powers Cousin Hilens
Husband has been very sick the last accounts we had
from him I am afraid the exposure of the tented field
will prove to [too?] much for him there has been no
drafting in this state neither is it probable that there
will be any as we have about sixteen thousand men
in the field over and above all calls made upon us
I must now close. remember us at a throne of grace
I often think about you I would like to see you but
at the present I have no hope of it. Fathers last came
duly to hand in fourteen days from date which was the
shortest time on the way of any that I ever recieved
[received?] give them our kind love as far as I know
our friends here are in their usual Aunt R Greenlees
and family wishes to be remembered to you

Your loving Brother in bonds
of Christian fellowship Andrew
P S. excuse mistakes
for I have written in a great hurry AG [Andrew Greenlees?]