Vaughn Brothers

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Alexander Vaughn and Jacob David Vaughn were the sons of Alexander Vaughn and Elizabeth David.

Alexander was born December 26 1826 in Elbert County, Georgia. He married Nancy White February 7th 1856 and was the father of three children. He enlisted in Company H, 38th Georgia Infantry Regiment as a Private on 15 October 1861.. He was promoted to full Hospital Steward. He was severely wounded on 01 July 1863 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and died of his wounds on 17 July 1863 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In his Civil War record he is given the category Distinguished Service. On June the 5th 1863, Alexander wrote his wife the following letter.

Pattonsburg Buchanan Hospital
June 5 1863

Dear wife this is to inform you that I am not very well at this time but am as well as I have been for some time passed. I sincerely hope that these few lines may find you and family well and happy.

Dear wife, the hospital at this place will be broken up in a few days and I expect to start to my regiment soon at least I shall not stay here more than four or five days after this date so you need not write to me any more until you hear from me again. I will write as soon as I reach my destination giving you the necessary directions and I want you to rest easy until you hear from me again, and be asshured that I am not going to expose myself unnecessarily but at the same time I feel it my duty to serve my country in any capacity that I am able.

It is reported that the yankees are crossing the rapahanock again, if the report be true there will be a battle soon and if there is a fight I expect to be in it and perhaps I may be killed or wounded. I feel that God has protected me since my earliest days for which I feel thankful and I pray God that his blessing may still rest upon me and protect me.

We have very pleasant weather in this country at this time and vegetation is growing hardily and the mountains look very green and nice, the mountains are very beautiful to the eye of the wearied soldier who loves to look at the senes of nature. These things make me at sometimes feel pleasant and I almost forgit that I am a soldier, but yet while I am delighted with the senery of this beautiful mountainous region my mind but naturally wanders back to Georgia and my thoughts transfixes its self on you and friends that I left there and I feel sad, and would give the world to be there and enjoy the society of you and the children.

You will give my love and respects to all inquiring friends and relatives let father & mother know that I yet live and am hopeful of being able to return home to Old Elbert once more at some future date, I wish to be included in the prayers of all who pray. Farewell for a time may God be your Great protector and long preserve us.

Your most affectionate
husband until death

Jacob David Vaughn was born March 24th 1823 in Elbert Co, Georgia. He married Martha J. Hewell December 16 1847 in Elbert Co, Georgia. They were the parents of six children. . He enlisted as a private in Company H, 38th Georgia Infantry Regiment on 15 October 1861. He died of disease May 31 1862 in Savannah, Georgia.

Submitted by Mr. Ron Jones, descendant

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