Letter from Darwin Babbitt to his parents, dated January 21, 1864. In this letter, he discusses relics, winter quarters (log shanties covered with tents), Confederate deserters talking about starvation on the lines, rations, the weather, the Confederate's hope for McClellan's election, furlough, and his opinion on the duration of the war.
Military Service Note
Babbitt, Darwin H. Ypsilanti. Enlisted in company K, Fifth Cavalry, Aug. 21, 1862, at Detroit, for 3 years, age 18. Mustered Sept. 2, 1862. Taken prisoner at Hawes' Shop, Va., May 28, 1864. Released Jan. 27, 1865. Mustered out at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., June 22, 1865.