We found a postcard collection from one single collector interested in military history and Russia. This collection of 8 postcards satisfies both interests.

In the collection of 8 we found two postcards that show the Vladivostok Train Station in Vladivostok Russia.

The Vladivostok train station was founded simultaneously with the railway in 1891.However, in 1912, with Yaroslavsky terminal's construction in Moscow - the trains started their way to the Far East there - the Vladivostok train station was rebuilt in its image and likeness. In this way, architecturally finished train stations appeared on both sides of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Local residents used to joke that upon their arrival in Vladivostok a Muscovite who has taken a train from the Yaroslavsky terminal will see the Yaroslavsky terminal again.

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The author of the letters, Jonas Horn was with the 85th Pennsylvania

Volunteer Infantry Regiment

The 3 letters were written by Private Jonas Horn (1823-1907) of Company D, 85th Pennsylvania Infantry. 5 members of the Horn family were in Company D. All mustered into service on 11/11/1861

  • Captain William H. Horn, Resigned 1862

  • Sergeant John Horn,

  • Private Hezekiah Horn, Mustered out 11/22/1864

  • Private Jonas Horn, Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate 6/24/1863

  • Private Elias Horn, Transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps 3/16/1864

In the July letter Jonas mentions Hezekiah Horn being taken prisoner in NC. In the August letter he mentions Elias Horn.

Jonas was discharged on a surgeon’s certificate in 1863

The 85th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry was organized at Uniontown, Pennsylvania, beginning October 16, 1861, and mustered in for a three-year enlistment under the command of Colonel Joshua B. Howell.

  • July 1862 at Malvern Hill

  • July - August 1862 at Harrison's Landing

  • August 16-23, 1862 Fortress Monroe

  • Sept 18, 1862 To Suffolk, attached to Wessell’s Brigade, Division at Suffolk, Va., 7th Corps, Dept. of Virginia

This website has a complete listing of the locations by dates for the 85th. https://civilwarintheeast.com/us-regiments-batteries/pennsylvania/85th-pennsylvania-infantry/

Transcription has been cleaned up a bit to make reading easier. Some words cannot be deciphered because of handwriting or spelling.

July the 20 1862

I received your letter and I was glad to hear from home. I am well at this time and I hope these few lines may find you in the same state of health.

We are (?) one mile from (Jamesirer?) in the woods. We have to get up in the morning before daylight and form a battleline. There will be no fighting done for sixty days.

Hesekiah is taken prisoner. He is in North Carolina. He will be at home as soon as we will.

We have to go out on pickit(?). We was out one night and it was raining. Me and Harry laying under a ?

It is now Sunday. We have got preaching every Sunday at eleven o'clock.

I sent twenty dollars in this letter and you may keep it or put it on (intres?). I have got ten dollars more to send.

I haven't got much to write at this time. I want to know if Mary Ann is well. You never write about her. I would like to see her.

I must come to a close with my letter. I want you to write Sunday and tell me if you got this money. So good bye brother Andrew.

Jonas Horn