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Letter of Jasper B. Cheney to his father

Relay House M D June 3d 1862

Dear Father

Today I mailed a letter directed to you which contains a draft of $50 dollars which I hope may go through safe. I have no news to write today. George Winson and I talk of sending some things home which we cannot carry with us if we get our horses. Four men out of our Co. have taken a French furlough, S. Briggs, Wm D. Adams of Otsego Co. P. Bowdish of New Berlin, Lunis Low of Pitcher. They left soon after the retreat. Inclosed I send my warrant, which I would like to have you keep safe. I believe this is all at present.

J B Cheney

E.W. Cheney

Jasper B. Cheney
US Army Heritage and Education Center, CWDOC Collection

Albion NY Orleans Republican, ca. July, 1861

THE ALBION SOLDIERS. The whereabouts of the Albion soldiers is a matter of frequent inquiry, and will perhaps be more so this week. To meet inquiry, we will state that the 27th regiment is with McClellan, before Richmond, and was brought into the battle on Friday last as part of the Reinforcements. The 28th regiment was at Front Royal at last advices, and is probably there still. The 8th Cavalry at last accounts had been ordered to Baltimore, where it was said their horses would be furnished them.


Letter of Jasper B. Cheney to his father

Relay House Md
July 2, 1862

Dear Father

Inclosed I send you a draft of $50 dollars which you will dispose of as soon as you find a safe place and not until then. I sent to Washington by Lieut. Follet for the draft and told him to get it to your order and gave him your name on a piece of paper; but he lost the paper and could not remember the name, so he got it to my order and spelled the name wrong. I have given you an order on the back to draw it and to save getting a new draft I have spelled the name as he did If you will please sign your name as it is in the draft it will save considerable expense.

If you tell them it is not the way you usualy sign your name they may not let you have it for they are usualy very scrupulous. Pleas inform me whether those who have my money have payed the interest or not, and what you have done with Pages that I sent you first.

I have been informed that you have received a letter from Joseph. I should like to have Edward copy it and send it to)me-. Do not send the letter if you wish to keep it for I cannot preserve it for you here. We have got new Sabres and Colts Navy revolvers. Our saddles are here but of course have not been distributed. The Captain tells us that our horses are now on the way from Indianappolis; so we shall soon be mounted. Today we visited by a cold rain storm.

Has Aunt Lucina been out. Please write immediately after receiving this. I am well so are the rest of the White Stone boys. Ma expressed some fear about my knee it is entirely well, but I could not have said so many days ago. Tell Uncle

I that I would like to have him answer my letter I cannot think of more to write so I will close.

Yours C B Cheney
E.W. Cheney

P.S. I have received a letter from Ma & Ellen

Jasper B. Cheney
US Army Heritage and Education Center, CWDOC Collection

Albion NY Orleans Republican, July 16, 1861

Capt. Gallet, late of the 6th Cavalry, reached home on Thursday last, having resigned his commission, as stated by us a week or two since. The regiment is now at the Relay House, near Baltimore. They have received their arms, which are as good as those of any body of men in the service, and a portion of their horses, They will be fully mounted in a few days.


The Rochester Evening Express, July 31, 1862

THE 8TH CAVALRY. — A private letter from Lieutenant Bell, informs the Orleans Republican that the 8th Cavalry are still at the Relay House, near Baltimore. Over half the regiment, including the Albion company, are mounted, and as soon as the horses for the rest arrive, the regiment will probably move to Annapolis Junction, for two or three weeks mounted drill, and then on to the field. The Albion boys are well, in good drill and good condition, and eager to join the army of the Potomac. Col. Davis, of the regular army, is now in command of the regiment


The Rochester Evening Express, August 9, 1862

We have received a letter from Mr. Charles F. Merrick, of Co, A 8th New York Cavalry, which we publish.


I saw a notice in the EXPRESS about the high standing of the 8th Cavalry In the army. One thing is sure, we are equipped now as well as any Regiment In the field, and have as good officers as any. That we had to lay about without equipments for nine months was not our fault, and I believe the time will come yet, when we will show the people of Western New York, that there is good material in the bloody 8th.

Allow me to say a few words of thanks to the ladies of Rochester and vicinity, for their good works towards the soldiers, in sending them things to make them comfortable, I am very thankful, and you may rest assured that you need not be ashamed of your sons, husbands or brothers. Yet you have not done as much for then as the ladies of what they call the Confederate States. They have done, in the strongest way, what Colonel Crooks advised the ladies of Rochester to do, when he got up his regiment — to drive from them their brother, son or lover, even with a knife, if need be, This the ladies down here did in the strictest way. I have now been here nine months, and I have seen very few young men, able to serve, who were not in the war,and these I did see were despised by the ladies worse than we are. I can assure you that we are hated more than a little by the ladies, for I had rather talk with three men than one woman.

There is plenty of work for you ladles of the North to do and a chance to show your patriotism even in the eleventh hour. Leave every other work undone and rush to the rescue of the government and the harder you work the sooner will the work be done.

Your serv't,


Co. A, 8th N. Y. Cavalry Reg't.


The Rochester Evening Express, August 12, 1862

The Eighth Cavalry.

Some five hundred recruits are wanted for the 8th Cavalry, a regiment raised in this and adjoining counties, and now in camp of instruction at the Relay House, near Baltimore. The regiment is well officered, finely mounted, and has every thing calculated to bring it up to the 1st rank among the cavalry forces of the Federal army. Offices are now open under the auspices of Major W. H. Benjamin, and opportunity given for the young men in this section to join a dashing regiment, destined to take a leading position in the grand army. Those who go with the 8th will receive all the privileges offered to recruits now mustering into the service.


Yates County Chronicle, August 14, 1862

ALEXANDER BASSETT, ESQ., having received intelligence of the serious illness of his son in the army, took the train on Tuesday morning, to go to his relief. Young Mr. Bassett belongs to the 8th Cavalry, and is at or near the Relay House, Md. His disease is Typhoid Fever. We hope to hear of his speedy recovery. He is a young man of sterling qualities, and was among the first to respond to his country's call.


Livingston Republican, August 21, 1862

A CAPITAL CHANCE.—J. McNair of Groveland, as will be seen by a notice elsewhere, has received authority to enlist the right kind of men for the N. Y. 8th Cavalry, Col. Davis. The Regiment is now in Camp at the Relay House, near Baltimore. It is splendidly mounted and armed, and will at once go into active service. It is composed of a fine class of active young men, and no better opportunity will offer during the war of becoming attached to one of the best Regiments in the held.


Albion NY Orleans Republican, August 27, 1862

THE 8TH CAVALRY.—A letter from Capt. Bell informs us that the in the Albion cavalry company are well. The regiment is still in camp near the Relay House, and hard at-work in preparing themselves for active service, as the following “order of […]” of each day shows:

“Reveille at 5 A. M., roll-call and policing quarters till 5 20; stable call till 6 20; officers' drill till 7 30; breakfast; guard mounting at 8; watering […] company drill from 9 30 till 12M; dinner at 12 30; company drill from 1 30 till 4; stable and watering call till 6; supper at 7; officers' recitation in tactics till 8 15.”

With all this we should imagine the boys might get through the day without being at a loss how to kill time.

Co. F is admitted to be the company of the regiment. Deaths, discharges and desertions have reduced its numbers to 67 men, and recruits of the right stamp are wanted to fill up. Sergeant Jerome, of Carlton, will be here in a few days on recruiting service, and we hope will be able to take back enough men with him to fill up the ranks.


Penn-Yan Democrat, October 10, 1862

On Saturday, Aug. 16, in the hospital at the camp near Relay House, Md., of bilious fevers OSCAR I. BASSETT, 1st Corporal Co. G, 8th Reg't N. Y. Volunteer Cavalry, aged 27 years.


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