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Letters written by Thornton Ellsworth Cozart during the Civil War to his wife Mary Jane Bowen Cozart and children:

State of lousianna cado parish
may the 20 1864

Dear wife an children I wonce more seat my self to write you a few lines
to let you that I am well at present an hope when these few lins come to
hand they may find you an all inquiring friends ejoying the same blesing
of god  I have no news to write of importence to write we are living verry
hard here in camp we drawed our ration yesterday to do us all day and
we eat it all for breakfast  we had nothing to eat till this morning  one of
the boys went out last night an drawed a ham of meat through the crack
of the smoke house  we are faring very well to day we her a hold ham  
we are here waiting for orders  we dont where we will be ordered to yiet 
there is some talk of us staying here a month or two   I dont think that
we will stay here but few days before we will be ordered to alexandra  
the feds are said to be verry thick there I wish that I could see you an
the children once more but i have but little hopes of geting home.

(page 2 on back of 1st page)

Direct your letters to Capt barret Co.  Sweats batallion  15 texas cavelry
again soon we are bound up verry tigh her  we have some verry good
officers amgst us an some verry over baring ons  I am going to do my
duty as nigh as I can an put my trust in my god an if I should neve see
you again try to prepar to meet me in heaven I have writen two letters to
you  one from quitman (Texas) an one from tyler (Texas)  but  I wont
you to try to have your heavy work done  dont try to do two much your
self (his wife was pregnant with twins) and if you hant found your pony
yet I won to trade of one yoke of your seers an get you a good gentl nag
that the children can ride  get some of your nubors to help your trade if
henry bunta to hunt collected to any dont try to get it until the new ?? ??
have come out I think the money will be better for a short time nothing
more at pesent but remain your affectionate husban until death.

T.E. Cozart

No envelope was used for this letter which was folded and addressed
on the back...postmark is visible.

Mrs. M. J. Casort
Blackjack Grove, Hunt Co., Texas

From T. Casort
15th Texas Cavalry

Postmark is Tyler, Texas

the front side of the letter:

Smith County Texas
June the 14 1864

Dear companion  i drop you a few lines to let you know where i am and
how i am i am in the hospit at tilor and very sick with feevor and i wish
would com to see me and come prepared to take me home if they will let
me go i would rather bee at home where you could wait on me i will come
to a close nothing more i remain your true husban untill death

T.E. Cozarte
To Mrs. Cozarte

Note:  Thornton died 12 Jul 1864 at Tyler.  Mary Jane Bowen Cozart
rode to him at Tyler from Black Jack Grove but he died before she
arrived.  He was buried there, site unknown.  She returned home to
Black Jack Grove where she gave birth to twins on 12 Aug 1864...she and
the twins died on 18 Aug 1864.  Thortonís four surviving children were
taken in by their only surviving grandparent, grandmother Esther D.
Craig Bowen.