April 2nd 1863
Dear Brother Albert,
I was glad to receive your letter dated March 29th. I think that the war prospects are brightening every day. It looks as though they were going to do something soon that will tell on the rebs so that the thing will be settled speedily. Gen. [Ambrose] Burnside is now in command of Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana [Department of the Ohio] in the place of [Horatio Gouverneur] Wright. It is reported that he is here in Frankfort today.
I am on guard at the cemetery guarding some cannon that are planted here. It is a Section (2 guns) of Conkle’s [13th Indiana] Battery instead of Shields’. ¹
Burk Ward and Pat McGuire ² are in the hospital sick with the measles. I am afraid that Fenner [Bosworth] is going to have sore eyes. His eyes are inflamed very bad. The rest of the boys are as well as usual.
The fort is almost finished. It was rumored in camp this morning that we were going to be paid today and I hear since I came over here that some of the siege guns have come in for the fort.
Today it is very windy but not very cold. I have been walking around in the cemetery and I got a piece of Daniel Boone’s monument. ³ I shall keep it till I go home. I have quite a number of pieces of rock and shell that I am keeping for specimens. This cemetery is a very pleasant place. Pine trees, cedars, hemlock, and fir abounds in great plenty. The grass is green and the ground dry which makes it a pleasant place to ramble in. They are planting (as soldiers term it) a good many soldiers here—almost one per day. That is a good many for the number of troops here.
Fenner and I received a box from John and Jane † weighing about 25 pounds containing sugar and fried cakes &c. It has been almost 7 months since I enlisted. It does not seem so long to me. It will soon be a year.
I must close for want of something to write. From your brother, — Lyman
¹ The 19th Ohio Battery—better known as Shields’ Battery—was raised in Cuyahoga county, Ohio, by Joseph C. Shields in the summer of 1862. They were posted for a time at Frankfort, Kentucky, but about the first of June 1863, they were attached to the 23rd Army Corps. They were posted at Cincinnati to guard against Morgan’s Raiders in the summer of 1863.
² Both Burk Ward ad Patrick McGuire survived their bout with the measles though Pat was wounded in the fighting at Resaca, Georgia in May 1864 and was discharged for his wounds in January 1865.
³ The Kentucky Legislature appropriated two thousand dollars in 1860 for the erection of a monument over the grave of Daniel Boone in Frankfort. The monument at Boone’s gravesite today was built by John Haley in 1860. In 1862—prior to Lyman’s letter—four marble panels depicting scenes from Daniel and Rebecca’s lives were added. The panels were vandalized during the Civil War and restored in 1906. Only one of the original panels still exists. Daniel Boone and his wife Rebecca were originally buried near Marthasville, Missouri, just wet of St. Louis, but in 1845 their bodies were disinterred and moved to Frankfort, Kentucky.
† John and Jane were Lyman’s siblings, Jane being the wife of Fenner Bosworth who served with Lyman in Co. D, 103rd OVI.