On April 12, 1862, a friend of Jefferson Patterson, John Jones, wrote Jefferson a letter about his son’s participation in the Battle of Shiloh. The son, 1st Lieutenant Frank Jones, was a member of the 13th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company K. The 13th OVI was also a member of the Army of Ohio and was heavily engaged in the battle.
The letter is difficult to read, so no transcript has been completed. The letter begins:
“Dear Jefferson, I have just [received] a dispatch from Pittsburg Landing as follows.
Dear Father, We have had a hard fought battle. I am safe. Frank.”
The rest of the letter appears to report on the battle. If you can transcribe the letter, please send us a copy.