Camp Forster Nov 11th/62
Captain John A Hunter
Dear sir I received your letter of the 3rd Inst. on the 8th and was glad to hear that you and all the folks were well as this leaves me hoping it may find you the same. Well Capt I was in Harrisburg on the 4th of Sept when the western mail came in and I waited until it was opened and there was nothing came for me. I was at the Post office in Harrisburg every day until we left which was on the 9th about 11 o’clock and up to that time I enquired every day but there was nothing came for me. There are several men in our company got letters that was mailed at Half Moon on the 3rd of September and I cannot see why theirs should come safe and mine mislaid. I am well aware that you put it in the office. You might see Sellers and tell him that you have orders from me to put it into Judge Hales hands to have it seen to. It will not cost much to have it investigated. So Captain you may put it in operation and we will see who is to blame. Let Sellers and get ready for there is several of our men got letters by the mail of the 3rd of Sept.
Well Captain our men are generally well. Your friends G. Potts and G. Gates are the same. Still Will Harpster has been very sick but he is getting better. We are about going into winter quarters. We got R.C. Neel and David Shinery off without a trial but it took a good deal of pleading.
Well Captain I will close for the present hoping to hear from you soon of again since our letters have got to going through. I will write to you regular. So good by for the present.
I remain yours truly
Lieut Frank Stevenson
Company C 148 P V
Francis Stevenson was born in Grand Isle County, Vermont on December 27, 1829. In the 1850s he moved with his family to Buffalo Run in Centre County, Pennsylvania. Before the war he was an employee of the United States, in charge of cattle on frontier posts. He returned home to Buffalo Run just before the outbreak of the rebellion and joined a militia unit in Stormstown, PA. As the war began he assisted Robert Forster and William Bible in recruiting Company C of Colonel James Beaver's 148th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. For his services he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant of Company C, under Captain Robert Forster and 1st Lieutenant William Bible. On August 30, 1862, they were mustered into Federal service. During the winter of 1863 Stevenson fell quite ill and was sent home to recover. He returned to his company just before the initiation of the Army of the Potomac's Spring campaign against Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia. That campaign culminated at the tiny crossroads hamlet of Chancellorsville and the 148th Pennsylvania engaged in their first combat in the thick woods against some of the Confederacy's best. The fighting was fierce and on May 3, 1863 the unit engaged in their hardest fighting. During this combat both 2nd Lieutenant Stevenson and 1st Lieutenant William Bible were killed in action. The unit was devastated and lost 31 killed, 119 wounded and 4 missing in the close fighting. Among those, Frank Stevenson, at 33 years of age, had given his life for his country.