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Letter from Lewis U. Beal

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Admin/Biog History Lewis Upton Beall was born in Taycheedah, Wisconsin about 1847, the son of Governor Samuel W. Beall and Elizabeth Fennemore Cooper Beall. His father was Lieutenant Governor under Nelson Dewey from 1850-1851. His great-uncle was James Fenemore Cooper. Lewis enlisted as Corporal in Taycheedah in Company A, 18th Wisconsin Infantry on October 19, 1861, at the age of 16. He left the regiment On April 20, 1864, to accept a commission as 1st Lieutenant in Company E, 37th Wisconsin Infantry. He was severely wounded at Petersburg, Virginia on July 30, 1864. He was promoted to Captain, but was never mustered in at that rank. He was discharged, due to his wounds, on May 15, 1865. He died on February 13, 1872.
Classification Archives
Collection Civil War Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation December 22, 1863
Abstract Letter from Lewis U. Beall, Company A, 18th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, to "Lay" Henry Lewellyn Bigford, written on General Sherman's official stationary: The letter also mentions Henry's older brother Royal O. Bigford who served in the 1st Wisconsin Battery.

Headquarters
DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE
SPECIAL ORDERS Bridgeport, Alabama, December 22nd 1863
No. 1

Dear Lay,

I received your very kind note last evening and hasten to answer it. I was very much pleased to hear from you, but sorry to hear that you had been sick. I am very pleasantly situated here at present, all I have to do is to take care of the mail and carry a few dispatches once in a while and in fact I do the heavy standing around business, and you know Lay, I can stand a good deal of rest. I understand that Roll [Royal Bigford] is trying to raise a mustache. Tell him I honor him in his grit. And I also understand that he wants to get married. Tell him that there is some real nice looking wenches down here, and if he wants one very bad, I will try and get one for him. Lay, I have got one of the gayest horses you ever saw, and when my time is out, I am a going to try and bring him home with me. We have a pretty hard time the other day and whipped the Rebs like the Devil. I suppose you have heard all about it long before this. I am a going to try to get a furlough after while, come home, and have a skate with you and the rest of the boys. How is Silas and his dear little wife. That family are great [at] marrying. Tell Mary she must wait for me. Tell her this war ain't always a going to last. Tell Charley Mullen and Roll to take pity on a poor soldier and drop a line to him once in a while. And also, tell your father and mother I would like to be to their house and take dinner on Christmas. Tell Bub and Sis, when I come home I will fetch them both a young Negro. As it is a getting pretty late I must close. Write soon and

I am very respectfully, your obedient servant
Corporal L. U. Beall

By Order of Major General W. T. Sherman
Corporal L. U. Beall
Assistant Adjutant General

Official Business
Bully for the Drummer if you have any idea of getting married, let me know and I will come to the wedding.
Event Civil War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Notes Lewis U. Beall enlisted as Corporal in Taycheedah in Company A, 18th Wisconsin Infantry on October 19, 1861. He left the regiment On April 20, 1864, to accept a commission as 1st Lieutenant in Company E, 37th Wisconsin Infantry. He was severely wounded at Petersburg, Virginia on July 30, 1864. He was promoted to Captain, but was never mustered in at that rank. He was discharged, due to his wounds, on May 15, 1865. He is not listed in any of the state veterans census.
Object ID SC411.5.39
Object Name Letter
People Beall, Lewis Upton
Bigford, Henry Lewellyn
Bigford, Royal O.
Subjects Civil War
Soldiers
Campaigns & battles
Horses
Postal service employees
Marriage
Marriage proposals
Slavery
Slaves
18th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Title Letter from Lewis U. Beal
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