A series of three incredible Civil War Letters dated July the 10th 1862 and July 14th of 1863 and March 14th 1863 from and regarding African-American soldier Elisha Stivers. Elisha served in Company E, 7th Kentucky Infantry. He enrolled and was mustered in at Camp Wildcat on October 26, 1861. He died on March 13, 1863 on the U. S. Hospital Steamer "D. A. January" at Young's Point, Louisiana from Chronic Diarrhea.
The first two letters comer from Elisha to his wife and they are painful to read. He wonders why she has not written him and pleas that if he has done anything to cause this please except his loving apologies. He even list his children’s names and describes the pain he is feeling on the battlefield and in his heart.
*The final letter dated March 14th 1863 comes from his commanding officer to Adeline Stivers and informs her that Elisha has died on the deck of the hospital Steamer “D.A. January”. He describes how his brother Robert Stivers also died in battle.
(Information found on Elisha Stevens):
Born in Clay, Kentucky, USA on 1822 to George Stivers and Leatty Tuders. Elisha Stivers married Adeline Benge and had 6 children. He passed away on 13 Mar 1863.
Elisha STIVERS was born in January 1818 in Clay County, Kentucky. He married Adeline BENGE on May 18, 1848 in Clay County, ...
Surnames: STIVERS, BENGE
Elisha STIVERS was born in January 1818 in Clay County, Kentucky. He married Adeline BENGE on May 18, 1848 in Clay County, Kentucky at the home of her father, William BENGE, by Thomas ROBERTSON, Minister of the Baptist Church.
Elisha and Adeline had the following known children, which were born in either Clay County or Rockcastle County, Kentucky where the family resided at the time of the childrens births.
Lucinda "Lucy" STIVERS born June 14, 1849
Susan STIVERS born October 14, 1850
Letha STIVERS born April 1, 1852 and died March 26, 1867 in Kingston, Madison County, Kentucky
Mollie STIVERS born October 15, 1853
Margaret D. STIVERS born September 3, 1855
Sally STIVERS born December 8, 1856
John J. STIVERS born July 3, 1859
The above information regarding the dates of birth for the children were taken from the inside front flap of a book titled "The Danymans Daughter," published by the American Truth Society in New York, date not given. According to an
affidavit, this book was in the possession of Adeline STIVERS who resided in Kingston, Madison County, Kentucky in 1866/67. The book also contained the following information:
Elisha STIVERS born January 1818
Adeline STIVERS born November 1830
Elisha STIVERS and Adeline BENGE were married May 14, 1848
Elisha STIVERS served in Company E, 7th Kentucky Infantry. He enrolled and was mustered in at Camp Wildcat on October 26, 1861 by Colonel T. T. Garrard. At the time of his enlistment his personal description was given as follows:
Height: 5' 7"
*Elisha STIVERS died on March 13, 1863 on the U. S. Hospital Steamer "D. A. January" at Young's Point, Louisiana from Chronic Diarrhea.
Adeline STIVERS died on April 29, 1899, place not stated.
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