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Cyrus Leland, Jr. to Mother and other family members

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Dear Mother,


I can hardly tell how long it may be before I can make you all a visit.  Their Head Quarters being so new it will take some time before we can get the run of the benefits.  I may go up to Leavenworth in a few days.  I think the Genl. will probably go up there to spend the fourth if he does I will most likely go with him.  I sent to you for twenty five dollars I do not wish you to send it – unless you can spare it as well as not.   For if I go up to Leavenworth I shall be apt to get my pay up to the first of July.  I board now at the Union House have a very good room board is only four dollars per week.  There are several Lady Prisoners at this House they are only allowed the priviledge of their rooms one a young lady is very pretty they are rebels.  I wish you would make two good white shirts.  Those that I buy I [XXX] at 05 prices.


Your Son

Cyrus Leland Jr.



Mrs. G. Leland




I think it would be safe to send money in a letter to this place – you might send ten dollars in one and fifteen in another



[Letter 2]



July 2nd 1863


I have neglected to send this letter expecting every day to be assigned to duty I have been assigned OF duty this morning dist Prov Marshal ar [XXX] with Maj Plumb [XXX] is Provo Marshal of this dist


Genl. Has not assigned his Aids De Camp yet


I will go up to Leavenworth in the morning will return on the 4 or 6th





[Letter 3]


Sept. 5th, 1863


Dear Mother,


I wrote you a letter while I was up at Leavenworth and gave it to Maj. Phillips to put in the office there, but he forgot to do it = and brought it down here.


Genl. Schofield is here – He has issued an order preventing the military of either Missouri or Kansas from crossing the state line without permission of its Genl. Comdr of the district – Genls. Schofield and Ewing are going out to [Westport] this afternoon on a visit of ceremony – I will accompany them.


Eight companies of the 10th are here Co. F. is at Fort Leavenworth – Price is in St. Louis – The 10th will be scouting all over the district. There you get another from



Your Son


Cyrus Leland Jr.


Love to all



[Letter 4]


Oct. 12th 1863


Dear Mother


We are at Sedalia.  I hear that Genl. Brown is at Boonville and is fighting there. We march again to-night in the direction of Boonville. Col. Ewer has joined up I am adjt.[adjutant] for the Genl. It keeps me busy


Love to all

Your Son

Cyrus Leland


To Mrs. Cyrus Leland

Troy Kansas


P.S. Oct. 16th

Near Osage river[?]


We overtook the enemy last night and had a brush with them and drove them they leaving one man killed on the field. It's hardly daylight – yet we followed up today


C. Leland



Oct. 16


I send this per messenger. We are a little East of Georgetown  Our advance 150 strong drove the enemy last night – killing and wounding several


C.     Leland

I don't believe that we'll will see the Rebels again they and Col. Shilby Coffey





[Letter 5]


Oct. 16th

“I send this per messenger”


We are a little East of  [XXX]


Our advance 150 strong drove the enemy last night – killing & wounding several


C. L.


I don’t believe that we’ll will see the Rebels again they an [?] Col. Shelby & Coffey





[Letter 6]


Camp near Carthage, Mo.

Oct 18th 1863, 9 P.M.


Dear Mother,


I have another chance to send you a few lines – a messenger starts for Fort Scott at 3 o-clock in the morning.  We marched yesterday and all last night – in all seventy three miles reached here at daybreak this morning.  We charge dinto the town and captured thirty of Coffee’s men.  The enemy now scattered.  I hardly know which way we will move from here, but – do not think it will be long before we’ll reach Ft. Scott.  I have not written to Father for a long time When you write to him tell him of me.  The men we captured this morning had [XXX] & arms.  We are pretty well worn out –


Love to all

Your Son


Cyrus Leland Jr.


To Mrs. Cyrus Leland

Troy, Kansas



[Letter 7]


Nov., 14th 1863


Dear Mother,


I received your letter of the 8th [XXX] Was rather glad to hear of Crabbs election.  So Howard sold his Pony.  I have here a fine mare I got here three or four weeks ago.  She is worth one hundred and twenty five dollars. By getting her, it made me a little short of money but at any time that you wish any money I can send it to you. I must tell you of a little circumstance in which I [XXX] a [XXX] somewhat intended at the time While we were down in Mo, at Neosho the people gave us a dance there were some of Bland’s [?] scouts there. They got an a bunch during the evening.  One of them was a little more noisy, than the rest.  So I took him out of the house and used him rather roughly in putting him and after I had shut the door he fired through it at me the ball passing over me and very close to Genl. Ewing  I then got a revolver and fired out doors he saw me step out – he ran (the Scout) I then commenced firing.  At the second shot he fell.  The ball had [XXX] covered itself in the top of this head just enough to stun  him.  The folks brought him in marked his head I he came to his senses.  The next morning Genl. discharged him and all of his post Scott [XXX] and they went back to Fort Scott. 


When we returned to Fort Scott I saw this chap with his head [XXX] up he told the people at Fort Scott that he had been bushwhacked in coming up.


Lane  is to be here today he has been detailed on a court martial, he will be apt to stay here sometime Captain Lane comes with [XXX] John Price comes in all will room together


The paymaster is expected down every day. I could get my pay at any time by going to Leavenworth for it.


I have attended some very fine dances during the first week in Wyandotte and at Independence one here. Shall probably attend ones at Olathe last Monday.


I may come home to Thanks-giving and can not tell at present


Give my love to all

Your affectionate Son,

Cyrus Leland Jr.


To Mrs. Cyrus Leland

Troy Kansas


P.S. The last time that I heard from Father it was through you.

C.S. Jr.




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