CIVIL WAR CORRESPONDENCE
From a collection housed at the
Wartburg Public Library
Donated to the Library
by Lee Cross
The following two letters were
on the same paper, seperated by a wavey line.
May the 29 1862
Camp Cumberland -----
Kentucky Knox County
Dear father and mother, brothers
and sisters it is with plesur that I take my pen in hand to let you
all know that I am well at this time hopeing when thies pen lines
may find you all well i want yo all to do the best you can i want you all
to rite to me how you arm getting along rite rit to me --- the ---
is in Tennessee i haven't hurd from home since Josih Asley com from
---- we have plenty to eas such as baken and crackers coffee and sugar
rice beans i would like to ---- varry well to see you all but I can't at
this -- but i think that we will all be at home be for long
it is --- by the --- of men ----- that wen the fite come off at richmond
and corrinth -------Sc----. wish fiting day----at bot places
So I will not rite one---at--- you ---- rit to me or (signature John E
I now take the opertinuty
to write to you that I am well. Abraham is with me in camp and is well.
Wiley is at Barberville he has been sick but he is well now I suppose
I hered from him last mondy
I would like to see you all
and talk with you I could beter than I can write I started some money
to you when we was at somersett by Calvin Stoncipher. I sent
eleven dollars and I understood you never got it and I want to know whether
you did or not. I have nothing of much importance to write at present
I want you to write to me
as soon as you can have a opportunity. We have not drawed our money
yet but I think we will draw in a day or two and as soon as I get my money
I will send some to you.
As soon as I have a chance
so I will now come to a close no more at presnet this May the 29th 1862.
(signed) William H.
To mother Barger and Family
Within this book so pure and
let none but friends
presume to write.
Edgefield near Nashville,
Jan 17th 1865
My unforgotten Father
I with much pleasure seate
myself to write to you to let you know my where abouts and what I am doing.
I am on the north side of Cumberland River two miles fro the State House.
My health is not very good at the present time. I hope these lines
may come to hand in due time and find you and family in the best of health
and I doing well. I have no news that would intrust you more than
that I am yet in the land of the living for which I feel to
have great cause to Thank
God the giver and preserver of life. I will just say to you that
our Regt. has had a -----rough times for the last 7 five (five is crossed
out) months. We were 5 months at and neat Decatur Ala during which
time we were on duty nearly all the time scouting and marching or fighting.
We left Decatur on the25th of Nov. last arrived in Nashville Tenn on the
28th at the time Gen. Hoods were marching on Nashville. Hood came
on this city of Rocks so near all round on the south side of the river
as to look in on the city on the 15th of Dec. Gen. Thomas marched
out of the city on Hood------ the gray backes fought like men all that
day stood and defended there batterys amid the heaviest cross fireing from
our ----- The schrmish lines------a constant lines of fire from there
lines all that night the ----
opened heavy and constant
all that day late in the evening of the 16th we flanked them out
of there works after a heavy cross fire on them for the two last days.
Hood then commenced his retreat southward. His retreat soon became
to be a wild stampeed. I were in the fight followed Hood to Sugar
Creek, Ala. There I gave out and came back to this place.
Hood crossed Tenn River with
(15,000) men he lost two thirds of his men on this side Tennessee River.
I have not received letter from any of you in great while I
would like to be there if I were consistent but I can not say when the
time will be that I can be there but I still hope the day is not far distant
that I will be blessed with the happy privilige to see you all and enjoy
your company I want you to write to me as soon you get this letter
Do the best you can for my children which I know you will do. Give
my love and respects tell them I wish them to write to me
I remain your son until death
Farewell for the present
W.A. Jones to John B. Jones
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