From the Archives: Civil War Letter
May 14th 1863
I only have time to write a few lines. Our command will pass Atlanta to day - I am so afflicted with boils I have to go to the Hospital at Rome. I will try + get a transfer from Rome to Atlanta as I would be so glad to see you all before I go to Mississippi where our Regt + the 29th are ordered. We left Cousin Bob Vance sick at Shelbyville. He has Typhoid Fever. I did hope they would send me to Atlanta but they send every other day to Atlanta. I will try and send this by Adjt Harden I will write you when I get to Rome.
Since writing we have been ordered to Atlanta. I dont know what Hospital I will be taken too. I will try + get the surgeon to let me go out home if possible but if I should not get to go, come + see me - I am not sick but badly afflicted with risings and suffer a great deal of pain and it is with difficulty I walk. I am so proud to have the opportunity of getting to see you all once more. I want to get to home if it is only one day. One of our men was killed today running under a bridge above Ringgold. The Regt will remain in Atlanta till to morrow. Excuse haste.