|Near Pleasant Hill La.
Capt. S.W. Hemenway
Co B, 27th Iowa
If you have a good opportunity please send me my rubber blanket
two wollen Shirts, Boots, one Pr. Drawers, 1 Pr. Stockings. My health is
good, wound doing well, my chest does not pain me internally. Send
Geo. Griswold one Shirt, Drawers, and Stockings. His ball was taken
from his shoulder he is doing well.
S.O. Smith Lt. Co. B. 27 Iowa
(The following is written on the back of the above letter)
Tell Capt. Granger to send Lt. Brush some under clothes and one
Pr. Pants. I send to you by Mr. Stephens Sanitary Comission who came this
morning with a flag of truce. The case of
Lt. Brush is very doubtful. I
send by bearer the keys of my valise. And Lt. Brush’s watch to Capt.
Lt. S.O. Smith
[NOTE: Lt. Samuel O. Smith and Sgt. George W.
Griswold of Co. B, 27th Iowa, were badly wounded and taken prisoner at the
Battle of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana on April 9, 1864. Both were paroled in
June, later recovered from their wounds and returned to duty. Smith served
until his unit was mustered out of service. Griswold died of smallpox on
January 11, 1865.
Lt. Frank A. Brush who served in Co. K, 27th Iowa, was also
wounded and taken prisoner at Pleasant Hill. He died of wounds on April
20, 1864. Capt. Charles T. Granger was his company commander.]