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Title: Gamble Crawford, Richfield, Ohio to his mother, [Ireland?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCrawford, Gamble/11
SenderCrawford, Gamble
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginRichfield, Ohio, USA
DestinationBallymena, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 2338/2: Copied by Permission of James Wilson Esq., Caugherty, Broughshane, Co. Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.8903116
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 09:11:1993.
Word Count602
TranscriptRichfield [?]
August 18 18-2 [1862?]
Dear Mother,
I have not wrote a letter
to you in some time for this I know no
excuse to make, no doubt you feel
anxious to hear from me, we are all well
our haying and harvesting is all finished
our cropps [crops?] of wheat and oats were
heavy but help was hard to get owny [owing?] to the
greate [great?] no [number?] of enlistments matters at
present looks dark as there is no appearance
of the war coming to a close Ohio has as
yet been free from any [?] of the
south at the commencement of the war the North enlisted for three
months with the idia [idea?] of putting down [?] in that
short time, but even now it will take a
good critic to tell which side will gain
the victory, there has been two or three
calls on the part of the north for more
men the enlistments were few and
now they have proclaimed a draft
or pressing men into the service officers
have been employed in every county and
town to ascertain how many were subject
to be drafted from 18 to 45 years of age
in one week the draft is to be made not
excluding Ministers of the gospel you
will no doubt be glad that I am out of their
power as I am over 45 my oldest boy
is only sixteen this october coming
the last call has cast a gloom over the
people especially the weomen [women?] and families,
our cotton cloth and sugar so high in
price now that farmers are taxed
heavy for those things are indispensable
in the family. In order to prevent
men from evading the law the president
has authorised strict watches at all
the sea ports to prevent men going to
foreign countrys [countries?] all in this and other
towns that are liable to be drafted must [meet?] at
the country [seat?] to be determined by
lot, there is some fear in the north that a
foreign nation perhaps england will
interfere between the north and south the north is very jealous
of the english and accuse them of having more cimpathy [sympathy?]
with the south than they are worthy of
the south has the greate [great?] bulk of their

army at Richmond [vying?] but they
have gurilla [guerilla?] bands all over the south
annoying the detached part of the northern
army and they might be more
properly called hearts of steel than gurilla [guerilla?]
for there seems to be no bounds to their cruel
deeds. It is some time since I had a
letter from Ireland I believe brother
Charles wrote to me last Brother Robert
wrote to me some time since I answered
his letter [?] [?] [?] the subject
of baptism did he not get [my?] [answer?]
why has he not written [?] [?] if
he writes [anything?] on that subject I wish
he would [?] [?] from [?] [?]
and let me see when sprinkling [?] [scripture?]
baptism, [as?] the letter though directed or
written to my mother is intended for
you all [our?] friends are well Brother Jim
lives in the town of Independance Cuyahoga
County Ohio ten miles from here sister Mary
and family are all well Rose [?]
is married to a man named Conger
lives about a mile from where her father
lives please write as often as you can
my health is good at present, my boys
help me very much Robt [Robert?] will be 15 this
fall James will be 13 in Feby next, Rose Ann
will be sixteen this October our youngest
[?] [?] [?] [?] from your [?]
[?] [?] Gamble Crawford