Letters between Charles Loomis Eaton and his adoptive family are on microfilm at the Ashtabula Library in Ashtabula, Ashtabula County, Ohio.
Included in his pension record is a letter to his (adoptive) father from the family at whose house Charles died after discharge when he was trying to make his way home. Charles contracted consumption at Ship Island and died in Jefferson City, LA on 1 July 1865.
"Dear Sir: I am sorry it has fallen to my let to inform you of the death of your son Charles Eaton which took place at my residence on the 1st of July at 9 1/4 in the morning of consumption. he had all the care possible from me and my wife, there was not a want or wish which was not at once gratified. I got acquainted with him last fall when his Battery laid near my residence. it was his wish while at Ship Island to be brought to my residence thinking the care he would receive would enable him to get strength sufficient to go home, all that possible could be done was done, he had the benefit of a Doctor but a'las he was too far gone to do any good, they had kept him too long in Ship Island before he got his discharge, and it is a misfortune in the army that they keep a man untill he is nearly dead before they will give him his discharge if they had given him his discharge two months ago he would have been enabled to have gone home and there have died in the bosom of his family but it was ordained otherwise, but I can assure you that he could not have received more attention then he did at my house. He was brought to my residence by Corporal Thompson of his Battery. I had him decently buried and had several of my friends to sit up with his corpse and to attend his funeral, his grave is marked with a head board, he is buried near the remains of my relations, where he will not be neglected so long as I live. he did not wish anyone but me to wait upon him, it appeared to me as if what I did for him he seemed so satisfied he bore his sickness without a murmur and with Christian fortitude he had the benefit of Mr. Wayne a minister of the Methodist Church who made a very feeling sermon and prayer over his remains....I will send by express as soon as possible his satchil and contents. also a lock of his hair....Yours with sorrow, Henry M. Yard"