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Honoring Our Civil War Ancestors

When I was young, I spent many times going through the family treasures belonging to my Grandmother, Mabel (Davidson) Boyd. This letter, written by her Grandfather, Benton Hart Medary, (b. 24 MAR 1844, d. 11 MAR 1912, Williamsburg, OH), was the one item that sparked my interest in family history. It was written while he was a Corporal in the 4th Cavalry of the Union Army and camped at Lake Providence, Louisiana.
 
He wrote the following letter to the young woman whom he would marry (15 August 1867 in Clermont County), my 2nd Great Grandmother, Mehetabel Reed Chatterton.
 
Lake Providence, LOU
March 12, 65
 
Friend Mehetabel
 
I received your letter yesterday I was truly glad to hear from you it was the first scratch of a pen I have had for three weeks. It appears I can get no word from home anymore. We had never heard till the day before I received your letter of the death of your sister. I was very much surprised do hear it. I thought she had got almost well.
 
Jack Thompson got a letter stating that she was dead. I could hardly believe it but alas I found it was true death appears to be all over our land at the present time you can see it at anytime here in the army. I suppose you have heard that Charles Flemming has been very sick he has been very sick indeed so that he was confined to his bed all the time but is getting some better now the rest of the boys of your acquaintance are all well I believe. I have been sick myself but have got about well now. Reete is as harty as a hog the service appears to agree with Reete  pretty well. I suppose you know he was cook for our mess he has been cooking for us for sometime he makes one of the best cooks in the company.
 
I wish you could see what a nice romantic spot we have to camp on it is situated just on the edge of the Lake and in the nicest yard you ever saw the house the general has his headquarters in is surrounded with all kinds of the most beautiful shrubbery and laid of with walks in every direction a King might admire. The most we have to do here is to forage feed for our horses we have very good times sometimes when we are out foraging we get to see all the country wherever we go that you know is something to attract our attention. The worst thing with me is I have lost my horse and I will try and forage me another he has taken sick and got so far gone that he will never be of anymore use to me. We took a trip a few days ago up the river on a foraging boat and went up the river about 15 miles where we landed and stayed five days and during that time confiscated 150 bales of cotton 80 mules and 8 or 10 horses two barrel of molasses and four or five barel of ham. Well I gess I told you all the news so I will close excuse this awful scribbling no more
 
Write soon
Benton
 
Direct to General McPherson Headquarters Lake Providence Louisiana care of Capt Foster. Tell John to write me a letter
 
 
 
After doing some quick researching of General McPherson, Ohio History Central,  it appears he had already been killed in battle on 22 AUG 1864, when Benton wrote the letter. I found the following reference from Lake Providence, Louisiana, Wikipedia.
 
“The town of Lake Providence developed after the arrival of the Union Army in the spring of 1862. Under the direction of General Ulysses S. Grant,  the area by Lake Providence was established as a supply depot and base of operations for the Vicksburg Campaign. The soldiers dug a canal between the Mississippi River and Lake Providence. The area was called "Soldiers' Rest". Grant subsequently moved his troops south for temporary residence. As slaves crowded into the camp at Lake Providence to gain freedom from surrounding plantations, the population quickly soared from a few hundred to several thousand. What began as a simple military supply camp quickly transformed into a city with a large population of African-American refugees.”
My Grandmother told me that her Grandfather Medary was a horseman that bred and raised horses to sell. In the war, he was assigned to the care of the horses and, as it states in the letter, was one of the “foragers” for the troops. It’s most likely how he survived such a brutal war.
 
Join us on May 1, when the CCGS Civil War lineage program will be explained (see side bar). I am looking forward to submitting my application for my 2nd Great Grandfather to honor his service as a Union soldier in the Civil War. Submitted by Brenda Boyd

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Have you looked at the "CEMETERIES" page lately??
 
There are now 10,386 burial records in 26 different Clermont cemeteries. Search by surname to see if any of your ancestors have been added. We still have tens of thousands of burials to add to the rest of our cemeteries to finish . If you can work with Excel, are detail-oriented, want to volunteer by working from home, and wish to help with the project, please contact Paige Craig at programs@ccgsoh.org.



 
Obituaries
More and more obituaries are added daily to the "Area Deaths" page. This can be very helpful in your research.      
 
 As of 02-Dec-2020 there are 17,705 entries.
 
Thanks to Kathy Payne, Stacie Ishmael, Lee Ann Pritchard, Steve West and Pat Dudeck. Their progress is amazing! Kathy estimates that there are over 25,000 obituaries in total. GREAT JOB!!!!
 



 
 
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August 12
Society Box Dinner
There is no membership meeting on August 7th. PLEASE NOTE THE SPECIAL LOCATION, DATE & TIME.  Bring your own meal or order your Box Chicken Dinner by Tuesday, August 10 from our online store by using your credit card or PayPal account. Box dinner will be from IGA, and ...
September 11
Clermont County Genealogical Society Heritage Day Luncheon
Program:  " True Crime in Clermont" Presenter: Gary Knepp Enjoy this luncheon and celebrate the Induction of New Members of First Families, Settlers and Builders, Century Families, and the new Civil War Lineage Societies. Cost: $30 per person Check-In: 11:00-11:30 AM, Luncheon and Program: 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM Registration: ...
October 2
Using Family Tree Maker and Word to write an article or a chapter in a book for each ancestor
Presenter: Dr. Curt Sylvester Dr. Sylvester is the Past President of the Allen County Genealogical Society and the Past Chair of the Education and Seminars Committee of that society.  He has written ten genealogical books and has several more in progress.  He has presented at the Indiana Genealogical Society ...
November 6
THE 1950 CENSUS
Presenter: Dr. Deborah Abbott, Great Lakes Chapter of APG (Association of Professional Genealogists) The 1950 census will be released in February 2022.  Dr. Abbott will provide insights. CCGS members will be emailed an invitation and instructions one week prior to the event. If you do not receive an email, ...