Letter from Lemuel W. Osborn to his wife Eunice, dated September 13, 1864. In this letter, Osborn affirms his love, affection and concern for his family, and also asks her advice in how to handle the honor of playing violin for officers at dinner. This privilege has drawn the ire of his fellow privates, but the benefits of favor and good food are compelling.
Military Service Note
Lemuel Osborn was born in Ohio, but sometime after 1850 he came to Michigan. On February 27, 1864, he enlisted in Company B of the 13th Michigan Infantry for a period of three years. He mustered into the service on March 1, and three weeks later he wrote his first letter home. Osborn wrote at least eleven letters from the front before mustering out at Louisville, Kentucky, on July 25, 1865. After the War he joined GAR Post 35, but died shortly thereafter.