Letter written by Private Cecil Fogg of Company B, 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, to his father from Chattanooga, TN. Fogg begins by saying that he is out of money, and requests that his father send him some. He was previously spending a lot of money on food, but expects to spend less now that they get full rations. He mentions that the soldiers at Knoxville have had harder times with less to eat, and are re-enlisting just so they get an opportunity to go home for a few days. Fogg mentions that the 36th Ohio is building a bridge across the Tennessee River.
Chattanooga, Tenn. Jan. 17th 1864
I am out of money again, and expect I will need some before we are paid off again. I wish you would send me about five dollars. Perhaps it would be best to send a dollar or two at a time. I will not need it all at once, and if you send it part at a time, I will be pretty sure to get part if not all of it. If you send it all together it may get lost.
Keep an account of what you have sent me, and what you send me hereafter, and take it out of what I send to you. I have spent a good deal of money here for something to eat, but we get full rations now, and I think things will be cheaper now, for the [rail]cars came in on the 14th and they are bringing rations in fast now. The soldiers up at Knoxville have had harder times than we have [had] here, I think, and less to eat. They are nearly all re-enlisting up there to get to go home where they can get something to eat. Three regiments arrived her a few days ago from Knoxville on their way home, and a great many are going to start from here in a few days. The 36th [Ohio] has got into a job of building a bridge across the Tennessee [River] at Chattanooga. Half the regt. works 3 days at it, and then the other half works 3 days. They have put up a portable saw mill, and are at work on the abutments and getting out timber at present. I have not got my coat yet. It is comfortable weather now without an overcoat. If it don’t come, I will get paid for it by the Express Co.
Cecil Fogg enlisted in Company B of the 36th OH Volunteer Infantry on August 12, 1861 at Marietta, OH at the age of 20. He served through his three year term of service and re-enlisted for the war, but was mustered out July 27, 1865 based upon a surgeon’s certificate of disability. The 36th served in West Virginia in 1861, and participated in the battles of South Mountain and Antietam as a part of the 9th Corps before being transferred west in January 1863. As a part of the Army of the Cumberland’s 14th Army Corps (George H. Thomas), the regiment fought at Chickamauga and later in the Atlanta and Savannah, GA (March to the Sea) Campaigns.