From the Archives: Civil War Letter
Camp near Vernon Miss
June 18th 1863
My Dear Julia
I wrote you a few lines so soon as I arrived merely to let you know that I had landed safe. I was delayed a great deal on the road. I got to Montgomery the next morning after I left you and there staid all day. Montgomey is a vry pretty city. I had 60 men put under my charge so I had to draw rations + get transportation, which prevented me seeing as much of the city as I would like. At 8 oclock I started down Alabama River on the fine steamer Le Grand. I had a nice State Room + supper for which I paid $4. We got to Selma next morning at ½ past 7 – just late enough to miss the connection. We staid all day. Selma is a beautiful little Town. Next morning we took the cars for Jackson. Got as far as Meridan + there we had to stop over till morning. We started on a very rough + dangerous rail road passed over Chunkey River + saw where a train had run off the track killing an drowning a great many soldiers. The graves was strewn along the track for about one hundrd yards and several that was never found. At Brandon Station we run up with the freight train that had run off of the track. There we remained all night + part of the next day. I found all the bagage of our Regt there and I had to leave my trunk + only take with me what clothes I could conveniently carry. At Brandon I was introduced to 2 nice young ladies, one by the name of Miss Fannie Gun. She says she is a double barrel + breech loader at that. She passes as a respectable lady and is accomplished but I have my suspicions about any lady that talks like she does. She is good looking + full of life. Well next day we got to Jackson about 9 oclock, found the city a reck as you know the Feds burnt the place. The loss of property was very heavy. We staid there till 4 oclock and took the cars for Canton a distance of 24 miles. There we staid all night and found our command was at or near Vernon + next morning with a crowd of about one hundred men we started to Vernon. The sun was vry hot. The distance 21 miles it took us nearly two days. My feet was badly blistered. I was nearly worn out. I found my company commanded by Lt Hymes our Drill Master. He is a vry tight discipplinarian. They all seemed to be vry glad to see me. On the road I passed a great deal of fine corn a beautiful country thousands of acres of beautiful corn silking + Tassaling.
Your affectionate Husband,