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Letter from William Henry Jenkyns to John Heron

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Admin/Biog History JENKYNS, William Henry - Sgt., Company C, 1st Regiment, Wisconsin Heavy Artillery
William was born on Mar. 23, 1842 at County Essex, England. He was a son of William P. and Susan (Smith) Jenkyns. Both parents were born in Essex, England. They were parents of the following children: Nancy; Margaret; Elizabeth; William H.; Kate; Sarah; and Richard. The mother died in England and William brought his family to America soon thereafter. They settled in Winnebago County on a farm in the town of Vinland and William died there in 1880 at age 68 years. William H. and daughter Kate were the only two children to survive their father. William H. resided at Neenah when he enlisted there on Sept. 2, 1863. He was assigned as above and was promoted to Corporal and then Sergeant in that company. He was mustered out on Sept. 21, 1865 at Nashville, Tennessee. William returned to Winnebago County and commenced farming. He was married there on Dec. 25, 1865 to Orline Haron. She was born in Germany and was a daughter of Thomas and Catherine Haron. Orlin died on Apr. 12, 1878 at age 34 years and 11 months. She left two children: Carrie E., married William Butler of Hinckley, Minnesota; and Kittie L., married to Mr. Stark of Harris, Minnesota, died prior to 1908. William was married second in Winnebago County on Feb. 26, 1879 to Ida V. Payne. She was born in 1860 and was a daughter of Edley and Mary Payne, both natives of England. William and Ida had three children: Richard; Myrtle "Mamie", married Fred B. Givens of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; and Daisy D. Jenkyns of Fond du Lac. William was listed in the veteran section of the 1885, 1895 and 1905 Wisconsin State census at P.O. Neenah. He was listed in the 1890 federal census as residing in the town of Vinland at P.O. Neenah and suffering from kidney trouble. William died in the city of Neenah on June 17, 1914. Ida V., his second wife, survived him. She died in 1942. William is buried with both wives in the town of Vinland at Brooks Cemetery.
Classification Archives
Collection Civil War Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation May 15, 1864
Abstract Letter from William Henry Jenkyns (future brother-in-law), Company C, 1st Wisconsin Heavy Artillery:

Head Quarters, Fort Sherman
Chattanooga, May 15, 1864

Friend John,
I received your letter yesterday and today I have the pleasure of answering it. I just come off from guard this morning and today I have nothing else to do but amuse myself as best I can to pass the time away. I will tell you what little I know of matters at this place. Since I wrote you last we have moved from Fort Creighton to Fort Sherman, with-in the city limits. It is a very good situation and I like it far better than the old Fort. There is about twenty forts in Chattanooga. Fort Sherman, which we occupy, is the largest in this place. It is a continual line of formidable breastworks protecting the whole of the east side of the city. There is ten or more magazines in it. We have six heavy guns now [and] twelve ten pound brass pieces, but these small guns do not belong to our Battery and are liable to be turned over at anytime into other hands.
You wish me to write all the particulars and there is some things which I am almost ashamed to let you know. There is six boys in the company being court-martialed. I am one of the witnesses. There is no one in the scrape that you know, so let this suffice and do not make it public for I am afraid it would give the company a bad name. We have now got very good quar-ters and live on the top shelf. We should have splendid times here now, if it were not for the great amount of guard duty we have to do. There is now seventy-three men in the company for duty and thirty is detailed every day for [guard] duty, so it brings [each of] us on [duty] every other day, but we stand it well.
I suppose you have some pretty stories now about the battles. The papers are quite flattering and give some pretty good news, but you need not believe quite all you read. There is a great number of wounded coming into this place. Every day there is some fighting going on, not a great way from this place. The rumor is that the 21st [Wisconsin Infantry] has lost a hundred and thirty men killed and wounded. But as [of] yet there has not been a correct estimate made and I don't think it is as bad as is reported. There was one regiment in par-ticular, the 10th Kentucky, whose time is out in June, lost all the officers but two. One Captain and one Lieutenant being all the officers there was left. That is hot work, I call it. What do you think about it?
Business is brisk here now. That is what concerns the government. There is the largest amount of provisions in here now that has ever been in one place of this size since the war broke out. And there is a constant stream pouring in and going out every day. There is ammunition enough here to blow all the rebels to hell, but I think they will reach that place ere long. I suppose you would like to hear from J. Parks but he has had a pret-ty rough time of it . For he has been unfit for duty this [past] two months and today he has [just] reported for duty, so he is excusable. But you will have to excuse him whether or no. This is about all for this time. We are fat like "der teufel". Give the girls a kiss for me, once in a while, just for fun. Give my respects to all the folks, yourself included.

Yours W. H. Jenkyns
Written on the back of the last page of this letter is the following note:

I got a box from home with some schnapps in it and we had a gay time you bet. Not being used to [it] we came very near getting tipsy like one teufel mine gott! Dick said he was going to enlist, but the best thing he can do is to stay at home, for he would be sick of his bargain before he had been here long. I would not care if I was there [at home]myself, for it ain't very funny after all. write as soon as you get an opportunity

This from old Bill Vandosenberry
Event Civil War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Notes JENKYNS, William Henry - Sgt., Company C, 1st Regiment, Wisconsin Heavy Artillery
William was born on Mar. 23, 1842 at County Essex, England. He was a son of Will-iam P. and Susan (Smith) Jenkyns. Both parents were born in Essex, England. They were parents of the following children: Nancy; Margaret; Elizabeth; William H.; Kate; Sarah; and Richard. The mother died in England and William brought his fam-ily to America soon thereafter. They settled in Winnebago County on a farm in the town of Vinland and William died there in 1880 at age 68 years. William H. and daughter Kate were the only two children to survive their father. William H. res-ided at Neenah when he enlisted there on Sept. 2, 1863. He was assigned as above and was promoted to Corporal and then Sergeant in that company. He was mustered out on Sept. 21, 1865 at Nashville, Tennessee. William returned to Winnebago County and commenced farming. He was married there on Dec. 25, 1865 to Orline Haron. She was born in Germany and was a daughter of Thomas and Catherine Haron. Orlin died on Apr. 12, 1878 at age 34 years and 11 months. She left two children: Carrie E., married William Butler of Hinckley, Minnesota; and Kittie L., married to Mr. Stark of Harris, Minnesota, died prior to 1908. William was married sec-ond in Winnebago County on Feb. 26, 1879 to Ida V. Payne. She was born in 1860 and was a daughter of Edley and Mary Payne, both natives of England. William and Ida had three children: Richard; Myrtle "Mamie", married Fred B. Givens of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; and Daisy D. Jenkyns of Fond du Lac. William was listed in the veteran section of the 1885, 1895 and 1905 Wisconsin State census at P.O. Neenah. He was listed in the 1890 federal census as residing in the town of Vinland at P.O. Neenah and suffering from kidney trouble. William died in the city of Neenah on June 17, 1914. Ida V., his second wife, survived him. She died in 1942. William is buried with both wives in the town of Vinland at Brooks Cemetery.
Object ID SC411.5.23.13
Object Name Letter
People Heron, John
Jenkyns, William Henry
Subjects Civil War
Soldiers
Artillery (Troops)
1st Wisconsin Heavy Artillery
Forts & fortifications
Magazines (Military buildings)
Alcoholic beverages
Eating & drinking
Title Letter from William Henry Jenkyns to John Heron
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