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Letter - Oliver Hilfiger to his parents 
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Smithville N.C. July 20th Aug. 23 / 65

Father Mother [ wrong date ]

Composition Friends at home he scratched this out

Well, friends I am Sorry to inform you the real truth of the treatment of the Soldiers in the Hospital I am Sorry to inform you that it is so we have Put up with most every thing I have been in this Hospital now three month and when I came heare I thought that I would not half to stay heare more that two weeks but every month Seems like a yeare to me I think that this is one great government to treat Soldiers as they have Since the war is over and nothing to do oneley to garison the forts and other Places and there haint much use of that There is Civil Power a neough for that The Hospital had aught to discharged and dispersed entirely The sick will never get well as long as they have such treatment This is a very nice Place heare and very nice Surrounding Country and there is the Ches Peak Bay and the great atlantick occion on the other Side Smithville is a very small place not meny of inhabitants and what few there is There not very intiment with enny of our soldiers the Principal Crops that the they raise heare that is Corn and Sweet Potatoes and Water Millions and other things wich is to neumerous to mention at this Present time and People make a goodeal of tar or Pich Pine So it is a Beautiful Place to live if it was not for the Sickness I hope my friends at home will Just Think what the Soldiers has done for them since this war has commenced but it looks to me as if the People at home don’t care for a soldier than they do for a dog it looks that away dos init when the Soldier goes home Discharge or on a furlough there is menny a standing around the Depot and Corners and other Places to rob soldiers of what money They get and not Satisfied with That take there discharges a way from them and then kick them and tell them to go on there way home and don’t mention a word about the robery or I will shooot you or Put you a way So you wont mention it to enny one that is the way the Soldiers gets treated heare in this department and other Places and when They send men from this Place to newburn they don’t give him a mouthful to Eat two dayes and one knight that is what I call robery There has been a good eal of that Since this war has Comenced

Oliver Hilfiger Co. K 97th P.V. 2nd Brig.2 Div.

11th army Corps North Carolina Smithvill

The Better Part

Mary the only glory sweet

To my Christian heart is thine

Hidden beside the masters feet

Lost in that clearer light to shine

Whilst evermore the heart obeys

The sermon of thy gaze Listening looks

Learning religion from thy gaze

Better than from a thousand books

Thy silence is his sweetest psalm

While from his lips thy name distils

And dropping like thy Precious balm

Ever his home with fragrance fills.

Oliver Hilfiger My Love to you all So good By

My Love to you all So good by

 Oliver Hilfiger Details from Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project by Joyce M. Tice

 First Generation

   1.  Cpl. Oliver C.1 Hilfiger,  son of Rudolph Hilfiger* and Catherine Castle*, (#9680) was born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 21 MAR 1839.  Individual flags: Civil War.  Oliver died 1920 at age 81.  His body was interred 1920 in Mainesburg Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

 He married Priscilla E. Irvine.  (Priscilla E. Irvine is #9682.)  Priscilla was born 9 DEC 1850.  Priscilla was the daughter of William Irvine*.  Priscilla died 1940 at age 89.  Her body was interred 1940 in Mainesburg Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.   Priscilla, as Cpl. Oliver C. Hilfiger's wife, resided with him in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 1908.   Farmer, Mainesburg PO

 Oliver was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.  He resided in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 1908.   Farmer, Mainesburg PO

           Cpl. Oliver C. Hilfiger and Priscilla E. Irvine had the following children:

       2  i.  Catherine M.E.2 Hilfiger (#9684) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 1873.
           3  ii.  Lillian Christina Hilfiger (#9685) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 21 MAY 1876.  Lillian died 1965 at age 89.  Her body was interred 1965 in Sylvania Cemetery, Sylvania, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.   She married Frank M. Hagar 10 MAR 1897 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.   Mansfield Advertiser 17 MAR 1897 (Frank M. Hagar is #11631.)
    Frank was born 1879 in Sylvania, Columbia Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.  Frank was the son of Martin Hagar and Emma Packard*.  Frank died 1915 at age 36.  His body was interred 1915 in Sylvania Cemetery, Sylvania, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.  marriage announcement in Sullivan Scrapbook

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