December 23, 2011

A Letter from Lieut. Ben Ober

Location: Munfordville, KY, USA
Col. Willich's 32nd Indiana building pontoon boats to cross the Green River before the regiment fought the Battle of Rowlett's Station (HW 12/14/1861)

On December 4, 1861, Lieut. Benjamin Ober arrived with twenty additional men for the still-organizing Company K, 77th Pennsylvania, led by Capt. Frederick Pyfer. The company had originally intended to be part of Colonel Hambright’s regiment, but through a saga a couple weeks which I recounted in this post, the company ended up joining the 77th Pennsylvania. At the war’s outbreak, Ober worked for the Daily Evening Express—as the local news editor, I believe—and wrote frequently to the newspaper during the three months’ campaign in the summer of 1861 (You might recall I published his first and last letters with the 1st Pennsylvania back in August.)

Anyway, now in Kentucky, Ober picked up his pen again and resumed his correspondence with his old newspaper. His first letter was written on December 23, 1861, and was published in the December 28, 1861, Daily Evening Express (alternate link):

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