This letter was written by Lawrence C. Wright (1844-1914), the son of John C. Wright (1815-18xx) and Esther Robbins (1821-18xx) of Hillsdale, Hillsdale County, Michigan — formerly of Erie County, Ohio. Lawrence enlisted in June 1861 as a private in Co. E, 4th Michigan Infantry, with his older brother, Walter William Wright (1842-1890). Walter was shot in the thigh during the Battle of Malvern Hill on 1 July 1862 and was later discharged on account of his wounds. Lawrence mustered out of the regiment in November 1862.
Lawrence was a brick mason by profession. He was married to Carrie Kimball in 1878. He died at age 70 in Watervliet, Berrien County, Michigan.
Lawrence wrote the letter to Eliza Ann Thatcher (1844-1917) of Reading, Hillsdale County, Michigan. Eliza married Samuel Davis (1838-1928) in February 1865. Samuel served in Co. I, 6th Michigan Infantry in 1861-62.
Addressed to Miss Eliza A. Thatcher, Reading P. O., Hillsdale County, Michigan
Camp Minors Hill
January 30th 1862
Miss Eliza Ann Thatcher,
You will I hope excuse my forwardness in addressing these few lines to you but wishing to inform myself as to the whereabouts of Mason’s family, I took the privilege of penning these few lines to you but still I hope you will at least grant a free pardon to me for so doing for if you but knew the solitude of a soldier’s life, you would at once grant free pardon for what I call my impudence. Situated as we are so far from our old homes and acquaintances, it is but natural that we should like to hear from them so if you will be so kind as to answer this and let me know of the present residence of the Mason family, you will not only confer a great favor on me but will receive my sincere thanks also.
I am now enjoying good health and hope these few lines will find you and all the rest of the friends in full health and happiness. If you please, answer this short note and you will oblige your sincere friend and well-wisher.
— Lawrence C. Wright
Direct to Lawrence C. Wright, Co. E, 4th Regiment Michigan Infantry, Washington D. C.