June 20, 1864 – letter from 36th Illinois soldier, from Kenesaw Mountain

Background to this letter: Franklin A. Whitney, Company F, 36th Illinois Volunteer Infantry penned this letter on June 20, 1864. The 36th was engaged at Kennesaw Mountain and Adairsville on the 18th and 19th of June. Military records show tht the 36th lost at least six men killed during this period. The 36th lost another four men killed on the 27th of June. before seeing action again in late July in Atlanta.

He was listed as from Mission, Illinois, [Kendall County] when he enlisted as a Private on 2/29/64. He mustered into Company F, 36th Illinois infantry 3/19/64. Mustering out 10/8/65 in Washington, D.C.
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This transcript is from a copy of the handwritten original. Original letter location is unknown. Letter reads:
Dear father

It is with pleasure that I sit down to answer your letter of the 10th knowing that you was anxious to hear from me. Yesterday the 36th was on the skirmish line and we had a pretty warm time of it but the rest of the regiment suffered more than Company F, that only had one man wounded and that was Victor. A ball struck his belt buckle and bruised him pretty bad and he then started for the rear and stubbed his toes and fell down and hurt his chin that [end page one]. I heard it that the balls was flying so thick that I thought it wasn’t best to go and see him and I saw 8 Rebs no more than ten paces from me that I wanted to

Post-war photograph of Franklin A. Whitney, 36th Illinois Infantry.

Image copyright protected, the Kraig McNutt Civil War Collection.

Other related letters:

17 Nov 64 – to mother

13 Nov 64 – mother to son

19 March 1864 – son to mother

11 April 1864 – to father

5 May 1864 – to father

20 June 1864 – to father

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