Letter and photos contributed by Arlene Maher, Addison Scutt (Scott) was born 1846 and was, buried in New Baltimore. His parents were Edward Scott and Amanda Beach Scott. Known siblings were Mary Scott (1854 - late 1920's) and Edward Scott.
Camp 146 regt. Near Petersburg, Va. January 4th, 1864
Dear Mother, I recieved your letter and was glad to hear from you. My health is ver good at present. I have very good times. You need not worry about all I have got that isn't signed by the lieutenant. I will send it in this letter. I have not received the box yet. You take the money and take care of and if you need any of the money use it. Give my love to all the folks. Write soon and let me know weather you get this. No more at present. From your affectionate son Addison Scott.
I will write when I receive the box.
September 19th, 1864
Dear Mother, I at last have the opportunity to write to you to let you know how I am and where I am. I am in good health and I hope you are the same, I am in Virginia on the Weldon Railroad and about 90 miles from Petersburg. We hear the pickets fireing at night very plainly from where we lay. They are dealt out so much to each man and we cook it ourselves. I like it better than I expected to. We got examined today but they found me sound. But if I lay on the ground I don't think I will remain so long, for it has been very damp since I have been here. Although the weather is very fine, but as to the fall of the country it is just like a wilderness. But when the Army passes through it is all cut to pieces and throwed up in breast work. They have strongly fortified here and can stand a pretty heavy seige. Mother you must tell Edward and all the rest to vote for little Mac, which I hope will soon be ended. I have come acrossed Crofsman, he is at Hart's Island and I think he will get discharged. He cooked for Bob Laughtan. I will send you 3 dollars which I bought for one dollar and I would like you to send me a little money for I will not get my pay for three months yet and then I will send all home I can spare. I would like to hear right away whether my county money is safe or not. So good bye at present and please to answer this immediately. I still remain, Your son, Addison Scott
October 4th, 1864
Dear Mother, I thought I would write you a few lines to let you know that I am well and hope that these few lines find you the same as here. ________from our awful camp and have been in a big fight for three days, but we have stopped now, but we expect to march further every hour. The bullets and shells flew around my head like hail stones. We are about three miles from Petersburg and we are expecting to march there every hour and we are going into winter quarters in about six weeks and we have enough to eat but we have to make it ourselves and if I was at home I would stay there to ____________you. We will down these and they say we have to lick the Rebels and I will write as often as I can and when payday comes I will send you some money. And I want you to see that my bounty I saved and if you get sick I want you to use what you want and you go George France and get a receipt for my money that I left to the bank. I want you to write to me often. Addison Scott
Camp 3 1/2 miles from Petersburg October 20th, 1864
Dear Mother, I received your kind letter which was long looked for which gave me more pleasure than I am able to describe at present and also the money that you sent. You will please draw my bounty and put it in the bank as you speak of we have better accomodations than we had at first. We have tents and bunks in them that we sleep on and is comfortable on them as the circumstances will admit and as far as eating, we have all we want want but not of the choices or quality but that we do not expect as it could not be had here for any price. Every soldier here seens to be content with his allowance and why not I seem to take it as well as any of them, even the men that have been out here for years. Dear Mother suppose this winter will be a very hard one as there is but little a day anywhere out you need not want for anything, but I should like to have a little money ahead when I go home if the Lord should spare me my health in order that you should save my money as soon as I get paid and that I expect next month. I have spent nothing since I came up here. In fact I haddn't it to spend which left me short of many a thing that I would liked. Every regt. has a sulter, and no one can get butter and cheese and such things when we have the money to purchase them with, and as for you coming to see me is a thing out of the question as no person is allowed into the lines only on the military business. You need not be so uneasy for I intend with the help of God to be the first to visit you. It is the general opinion of the officers and men out here that this spring or summer will fetch the war to a end as the Rebs are played out in men and many everyday, they are coming over to our lines deserting and then they say that they have got nothing of any account to eat. We expect that this presidential election will change the present aspect of things. We may have some fighting of course to do but the Rebs will not stand this as they are wore out from every kind of privation. Will you please send me a paper once in a while. You should send me one with the names of the drafted men of Cairo. You will please direct as before now I must come to a close by begging you and good bye and hoping to hear from you I am. So no more at present from your affectionate son. Addison Scott.
Camp before Petersburg October 31st, 1864
Dear Mother, I received your kind letter this morning which gave me much pleasure to hear that you and the rest of the family are well as this leaves me in the present, Thank God. I am also glad that business is so prosperous with you. We have very nice weather here at present. We have had a remarkably dry weather for this season of the year. We have some cold mornings and evenings, but the sun comes out in the daytime with a strong heat for the season, which makes it very pleasant for the whole army in this section of country. You should get Cate Scott to work for you. I would rather that you would than for you to hurt your self or throw yourself into sickness. You said that you could lay out money to a good advantage if you would get fifty dollars of my money. You might send me twenty dollars and the rest you may have for yourself and want to buy a pair of boots for the winter and some other things that I want you will please let me have it at the first chance as I stand in want of it in the worst way and when I get paid, I can refund it back. Everything is very deer here. I will have but very little money for pocket money when I provide myself in such things that I need. I am also of the same opinion as you about James removing. I think that he might make out well enough where hi is and he's accounted than in a strange place. You will be surprised to hear that they had me down for three years, but I got the lieutenant to write the post marshall and he said that their way ____________in filling out of papers that I was in for one year instead of three. Which gave me much pleasure when I heard it. I wouldn't have spoke of this in my last letter but I did not wish to create any uneasiness to you. So you and I will feel perfectly satisfied that at the expiration of one year if I should live that my time has expired. You may tell Eddy that if he comes out here that he will find out that it is worse than the home guard training that gave so many of them the game fever. There is no cure here for it only blaze away and where you can't stand it any longer you may say good bye to life. So no more at present from your son. Addison Scott.
Camp near the Weldon Railroad Virginia November 12th, 1864
Dear Mother, I take this opportunity to inform you that I am in good health and am enjoying myself tip top at present and I am in hopes that these few lines will find you the same. I wrote you a letter some 8 weeks ago and sent for some money and I have not had any answer form you since. Everything is easy here at present and we are all busy building winter quarters. But how long it will remain so is more than we can tell. But we are in hopes that there won't be another move this fall as the weather is getting cold. For the ground is very muddy and bad marshes. I wrote to you in my last letter to have you get $90.00 of my money and send me $20.00 of it and the remainder you can use as you please as the weather is getting cold and I want to get myself some clothing for my comfort. More than the government allows us. This is all at present, so good bye. This is from your absent son, Addison Scott.
Camp near Petersburg November 14th, 1864
Dear Mother, I received your letter yesterday with the order enclosed and I tried to get a pass to go and see Capt. Schaffer. He is about 15 miles from here and it is a difficult thing to get a pass to go that distance from camp, but in the course of a week or so I expect to get one and then I will have it all arranged. So as you can draw the money without any further trouble. I want you to write right away on receiving this and let me know how it is that my money is not drawing interest. Also what the name of the cashier of the Farmers Bank is. When I wrote for that $20.00 I thought you had all my bounty. If I had been in your place I would not have taken the twenty without the whole. You need not send me the boots nor money. We expect to get paid soon and then I can get them myself. I think it is the best way. Write soon and let me know how the election passed off in our neighborhood. We have heard that there has been a great deal of rioting and that Albany and Buffalo had been burned down by mobs. Let me know how you are getting along. I also want to know if my money is fixed so as that you can get it without any trouble if I should not come back. We can get plenty of tobacco here if we have the money. We get orders on the sutler to the amount of $2.50 per month and pay him payday. That is all he is allowed to trust anyone. We can get butter, eggs, cheese, cakes, potatoes and in fact anything that we could get at home, but $2.50 don't last long at the rate they charge here. Cheese is 50 cents, for the butter 80 cents a pound, potatoes 10 cents a pound, eggs 80 cents a dozen and so on. Everything else is in proportion. Tobacco is only 15 cents a paper or two paper for 25 cents. Just such paper as we get for 3 cents at home. I will conclude by hoping that this will find you all in good health. While I remain your loving son. Addison Scott
I almost forgot to give you a discription of the place around here. We are pretty comfortable as we have got winter quarters built, but cannot tell how long we will be let enjoying them. It is the general opinion here that there will be some hard fighting done here this winter. It is very cold here. We had ice a quarter of an inch thick every morning lately and yesterday there was quite a sprinkling of snow. This at home would not amount to nothing, but here in log houses with canvas roofs it is pretty hard and then being turned out every morning before daylight for role call is not quite agreeable as it is to lay abed as long as a person has a mind to. You must not consider that I am grumbling for I am perfectly satisfied. I will do as I agreed to and then I think I can do as I please. I received one dollar in a letter, but no letter with three dollars in it.
Camp near Petersburg November 15th, 1864
Dear Mother, I received your welcome letter last night with three dollars enclosed and I am glad to hear that you are well as this leaves me at present. You speak to me of keeping up good courage, that is just what I am doing. I never was in better spirits in my life than I am now. In spite of all the trials and troubles of soldiers life and this I can tell you are not a few. But the hope of meeting after all well keeps uneasiness away. My time will soon slip around now and then there will be no need to be uneasy. Dear Mother I would like you to send one pair of buck skin gloves that will come above my wrists. You can send them by mail and they will come safe. I sent you a letter yesterday stating that I had not recieved the three dollars, but the letter was posted three hours before I received yours. Write soon as I wish to find out more about my bounty. I will now conclude by sending my love to you all. While I remain your loving son. Addison Scott.
P.S. I suppose you will wonder to see a letter coming from me without a stamp while I have money. But stamps are no to be got here at all times. Sometimes they cannot be bought for 10 cents.
Camp 146 regt. near Petersburg Janurary 17th, 1865
Dear Mother, I take this opportunity to pen you a few lines hoping they will find you all well. My health is first rate. I received the box yesterday and was very glad to receive it. Everything came safe, but the eggs, they are spoiled. It was a first rate box. I am going to have a good time eating it. My duty is light and I have good times and weigh 125 pounds. I think the war is almost over. I sent the order that you sent me in my last letter. I don't know when we will get paid. Maybe not before the first of March. I will send you all a nice present when I do get home. You must have a cow in the spring. When you write tell me all the news of all the folks and how they are doing. Theodore Perry at city. Found he was up to see me the other day. He looks well. There is a good many more here that I know. Web Pinnet, Charles Butler, Ed Benet. I will close this time. Nor more at present. From your son Addison Scott.
Camp 146 regt. Petersburg Janurary 21st, 1865
Dear Mother, I take this opportunity to drop you a few lines. Hoping they will find you well. I received your letter and I am glad to hear from you. Well my health is good at present. I want you to get the money on that order if you can use it take care of it yourself. Ed had got a share of what it would cost something to feed them. I think it would be better to keep a cow. I will give you money to get a cow. You need not worry about it. I have good times. You should be sending me another box. I was paid so I could send you the money for it, as it is you need not send the money. I don't expect to get paid before March. Give my love to the ladies. You can send me a paper and some that in it. Give my respects to all. Write soon. No more at present. From your son Addison Scott.
This letter was written on U. S. Christian Commission paper.
March 20th, 1865 Near Headquarters
Dear Mother, I write to you a few lines to let you know how I am getting
along. I have to get well and I suppose that I soon will be sent to my regiment.
I have had the jaundice. I suppose that you know what they be. We have good
weather here. The company will soon open. I have wrote your mom a letter since I
have been here. You must not write more than one letter til you hear from me
again. Theodore Perry is close by me and says I must write to James, but I won't
This letter was written on United States Sanitary Commission paper.
April 5th, 1865
Dear Mother, I received your letter this morning, and I am glad to hear that you were all well. I am well and I have a good place. I was detailed this morning for to go in the Generals office for his orderly to put his things in good order. I don't have much to do. This war will soon be wound up. Petersburg and Richmond is over run and they will soon have to give up. We have had a hard fight with them. I have seen a good many of my boys. I heard that one of my tent mates were wounded bad, but I was lucky. This is all from your son. Addison Scott
I received the hat some time ago. It was a good one.
This letter was written on the U. S. Sanitary Commission paper.
April 19th, 1865
Dear Mother, I take pen in hand to let you know how I am getting along. I had been sick again, but I am well now. I had back the mumps and they settled down. because my Doctor had me stay in his tent and he took care of me. I am with him, and I think that I will stay as long as he does. I hear it every night, not much to do. I hope that you heard of Abes death. It is a dreadful thing. I would like to state that I am sure that Abe was here about 2 weeks ago and all the men turned out and I shook hands with him. He was there at the hospital to see the sick and he wound up the war and now he had to be shot. Mother I want you to write once a month for I like to get a letter. I write you more than you do. I got worse everyday about writing. You must say something about Edward.
This is such spelling. Addison Scott.
May 28th, 1865
Dear Mother, I received your letter yesterday and am glad to hear from you. I am well and think of going home. Sunday, I was marked today for a discharge. I was down to the city yesterday to see the great revue. It was the best site that I ever seen. The folks up North never seen anything. That is all. Addison Scott
February 4th, 1874 Scutt 16 NW
Dear Mother, I am well and hope that you are all the same. I've seen your long look for a letter three weeks ago and was glad to hear from home. A few days before I received a box. The night before I woke up with a sick headache and UI did not get up till I heard my name called and unexpected there was a box. Well the result was that my head stopped aching and I felt very much cheered up. I thought it was very strange that you did not send tobacco with the box, but when I received your letter I found that you had sent some. All boxes are opened at Headquarters. It got lost some way. I leave the stamp and that was just as well. I did not send for you to send me a box, for I think a stamp and a mile is enough for you. To do the things was very nice. It done me good to have something from home that I knew you made. I ___________Raymond brought me those things that you sent. When I sent for a paper I did not have anything to do but read. But now I have to work in the brush shop and have been for the last three weeks. When night comes I feel like laying down. I have Sunday to read. I am reading Beggar Jim. Today I am moving. Thankful for the tabacco and other things you sent. She brought Bill an ice box, it is just the same as it was mine. I have my part. I think I like it better in the shop than to be locked up in a small bed all the time. The days will sure be long and next fall is a good ways off. You wrote if I had stayed in the Temperance I would not be here. I think you are right, but I don't touch a drop now, nor do I miss it. Whether the boats run I should think ___________ me of ______________for I would like to have a sail up to Athens and if you should come and see me it won't cost much. I should like to some of you. In fact all if I could enjoy night___________. I came in, Bill has supper ready. Sometimes bread and Molasses and sometimes __________and bread. When you write, send me a long letter and let me know all the goings on. Tell Miss Raymond that Bill went very well. I send my sincere thanks for what you done. Till you are better paid. From your beloved son. Addison Scott.
Mrs. Amanda Scott, Athens, Greece, New York