Anthony W. Ross Civil War Letter Regarding Family Matters   Save
Anthony W. Ross Civil War Letter Regarding Family Matters
Description: Anthony W. Ross wrote this letter to his wife Sarah while he was serving in the Union Army during the Civil War. Ross gives his wife advice on preparations for winter, and asks about schooling for their children. In response to his wife's questions about when he will be returning home, Ross responds, "if I live I will come the first chance that is offered." The four-page letter measures 5" x 8" (12.7 x 20.32 cm). Anthony W. Ross of Good Hope, Ohio enlisted in Company G. of the 73rd OVI (Ohio Volunteer Infantry) on March 23, 1862. He was discharged when his term of service expired on March 24, 1865. His letters to his wife were written from Virginia, Georgia, and Tennessee. The 73rd OVI saw action at the second battle of Bull Run, where it lost 150 men, in August 1862. After a few months near Washington, D.C., the regiment fought in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, where another 143 men were killed. In the fall of 1863 they moved south to fight at Lookout Mountain and Mission Ridge before joining General William Tecumseh Sherman at the Battle of Atlanta and on the infamous March to the Sea. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: Om3126_3976472_017
Subjects: Military Ohio; Education; Climate and Weather; Civil War; Soldiers; Military life; Winter
Places: Good Hope (Ohio); Fayette County (Ohio); Bristow Station (Virginia)