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Civil War Letter from W. B. Copeland to Champan Frazier

Helena, Arkansas. July 15th 1863

Dear Brother & friends,

I seat myself by a drum this morning to let you know how we are getting along. I am not very stout myself. I have had camp diarrhea for a spell but am about well of it. But I have got the mumps now. They are not hurting me bad. I think I will be over them in a few days. Bill is about over the measles, he is in the Camp with me. Reel is in the Regimental hospital pretty sick. James is in the post hospital 3 miles from here, he was not getting along very well when I seen him last. The Capt. sees all of them every day. He don't think him dangerous. (Lowry) is also in the tent hospital pretty sick. You no doubt have heard of the death of James H. Christian on the 4th of this month. He told me how he wanted his dues in Iowa distributed and asked me to attend to it for him, but all I can do under the circumstances is to make his wishes known to you and would ask you to carry them out if you can. He wanted the money that James Frazier owed him paid to your daughter Emily Frazier and the money that R. L. Coffee owed him, $60 I believe, divided between his Mother and Malinda Spencer. I promised to see to it but this is all I can do for him. He gave me no account of any other business. Lindley M. Evans was present when he gave me those instructions and made a note of it. In regards to my business, I wrote you a letter some time back giving you such instructions as I thought necessary or rather giving no instruction at all. I don't hear of you every getting it. Malinda keeps asking me for advice which is impossible for me to give at this far off distance, but must leave it to her own judgement and will ask you to help her a little with your advice. I fear if they raise a crop that the field will not be fenced so as to secure it. I want you if you please to advise her a little in regards to making that contract. I believe I will close by asking you to write to me without fail for you have no idea how much good it does us to receive letters from home.

W. B. Copeland

Footnote: W.B. Copeland was with Company C, 29th Iowa Infantry. The connection between Copeland and Champan Frazier is... Copeland married Champan's sister Malinda. As to other name tie-ins... Champan Frazier's wife's maiden was Reel. James Christian was a nephew of Copeland's wife Malinda and Champan Frazier. R. Coffee was a brother-in-law as he married Champan Frazier and Malinda Copeland's sister Elizabeth and he was an uncle-in-law to James Christian. James Frazier was a brother of Champan Frazier and Malinda Copeland..and he was an uncle to James Christian. James Christian asks that the $60 be divided between his mother and Malinda Spencer. His mother was Lavina Frazier Christian and Malinda Christian Spencer was his sister.
Letter and information contributed by Linda Herrmann - Lincrafter@aol.com

Civil War Letter from Wickcliffe Copeland to Sarah A. Reel

Written between Feb. 8 and Feb. 17, 1863

Very Much Respected Niece,

I went to see Henry a few minutes ago and found him pretty sick. I don't think him really dangerous yet but he is certainly getting along very slow. He's not able to write and asked me to write you a letter which I attempt to do. He says he wrote you a letter in regard to his land. But for fear it never got there he wishes me to state to you that he don't think it advisable for you to buy any (s-crip or s-crifi ?) to lay on swamp land and buy no land under any circumstances, unless it should be the piece that the house stands on and I think from the way he talked that he had his doubts about its being best to enter it. But was willing for you to use your own judgement. You may think that we could give our wives advice but I am satisfied to the contrary. Our heads are chuck full of something else. While I write I hear the Dead March going from the camp for the 2nd time today. Lowry Wilson is with Henry in the hospital. They are about 100 yards from camp and you may rest assured that they shall receive all the attention in my power to give them. I am with them as much as my health and other duties will permit. In the mean time I shall endeaver to keep you posted as to how they are getting along until they get able to write. We are still losing men pretty fast but they are all old White River Cases as they are called. We have few new cases in camp and I think the regiment is improving very fast.

I will close my letter. Give my love to all your little brothers and sisters and your little girl, I forget her name, and all enquiring friends. Reserve a goodly protion for yourself.

So no more but still remain your Uncle W. B. Copeland

P. S. (Milt?) Richardson is dead. Marion very low.

Footnote: Sarah Reel was the daughter of Champan Frazier, Wickliffe's brother-in-law. Henry Reel was married to Sarah and he died in Helena, Arkansas on Feb. 17, 1863. Lowry Wilson was married to Henry Reel's sister Martha. There may have been a family connection between Wickliffe and the Reels on the Copeland side as well as the Frazier. Wickliffe's half-sister may have been married to a Reel. Any information about this would be appreciated. Milton Richardson and Marion Richardson died a Helena.
Letter and information contributed by Linda Herrmann - Lincrafter@aol.com

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