This letter was written by John Worden Davis (1844-1924) to his wife, Martha B. (unk) Davis (1844-1899). The couple are buried in Hilton Cemetery, Troy, Bradford county, Pennsylvania.
The regimental roster indicates that John W. Davis was drafted as a private into Co. G, 79th Pennsylvania Infantry on 19 January 1865 and that he mustered out with the company on 12 July 1865 after six months service. We learn from Davis’ letter that he joined the regiment while they were in South Carolina, on the march from Savannah to Goldsboro.
Camp four miles from Washington [D. C.]
May 24, 1865
Tis with much pleasure that I take this opportunity to inform you how I am getting along. I am not very well at present but am so as to be about yet. I have ____ just now. I was taken yesterday morning. I was sick to my stomach first and then was very weak and vomiting for the most of the forenoon. I did not eat easily anything in all the day but this morning I ate some and I feel much better than I did. And I received your kind letter yesterday morning and was very glad to hear from you and to hear that you have experienced the love of God and that you know the reality that there is in Jesus our Savior. I know that He is good in every time of need and He can help and now can _____. Oh let us ever trust in Him that I never would have lived this far for when I was in the hospital did give up all things here before and put my whole trust and care in God and He did raise me and brought me forth where I now am. And I shall trust in Him that He will save me and bring me back to my native home again where we may enjoy the pleasures of life together. So let us always trust in Him and pray for each other.
I am sorry to hear that Elizabeth has been sick. I wrote her a letter the 11th of April when I was at Goldsboro and I never have received any letter since.
All the rest of the boys has gone to Washington today for the Grand Review but I did not feel very well and the Lieutenant said that I need not go unless I was a mind to and so I thought I would not go. And as I was here, I thought I would answer your letter.
I wrote Louisa a letter yesterday. It is the first one that I have wrote to her since I have been in the service. I think that Marett has just finished his work for life. The boy must have of been crazy or else he was struck with awful fever. I would have thought that Stephen or Aaron would have stopped that if they had of known it, but never mind. He is done for life. There is no use of mourning for him any more for he never will be anything anymore. If you know whether Mother has got our likeness or not, let me know when you write to me again and write as soon as you get this and tell me all the news and what is going on. And let me know what Mr. Hooke’s folks have to talk about me.
I have marched over 500 miles since I started from South Carolina and one time, I tell you, I came near dying. I laid down in the tent and went to sleep and it commenced raining in the night and when I woke up, I laid right in the water and was all over wet and almost chilled to death. But I will tell you some things when I come home. So I will close for this time. So let us trust in God and watch and pray that we may not enter into temptation. So goodbye for this time. Write soon. Direct your letter,
John W. Dais, Co. G, 79th Regt., Pa. Vet. Vol. Inf., 1st Div., 3rd Brig., 14th Army Corps, Washington D. C. to follow the regiment.
Give my love to all inquiries. From Worden Davis to Mrs. Martha Davis.
A kiss for you.