Camp 6 Miles beyond Chattanooga in the Mountains
Thursday evening, August 28th 1862
My ever Dearest Sallie, I am glad to tell that I have just reed' and gladly perused the contents of your very affectionate letter of the 15th past. I am very glad to hear that you and that sweet little Alice are both doing so well, hope you will continue to do so. You must be getting along remarkably well to be able to write me a long letter and the babe only one week old. OH! Dear how glad I would be to get home and spend a few weeks with you and those sweet little girls, but I must be denied that pleasure for a while yet. I do hope it will not be a very great while. I do hope we will force the Yanks to make peace before many more months. We reed news in camp today that Curly Smith, [Maj. Gen. E. Kirby Smith, CSA] our general about the Cumberland Gap had telegraphed to our quarter master at Chattanooga not to buy any more wagons and teams, that he had captured 600 and still thought he would get more and he thought that Buell's [Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell, US] whole army would be captured before long. If we succeed in that, the enemy will certainly begin to do something towards making peace before are a great while, if they don't we will drive the last one of them across Mason and Dixon's line and then we will have all our territory back again and if they don't give it up, then we will invade their country awhile.
Each page has been transcribed. To view the page transcription, use the left-side drop down menu and select "page & text". This will open a new window to view both the original item and the transcript; within the window, selecting "next" at the top-right will allow for viewing the next page.
J. Watson Henderson Collection, Special Collections, University of Mississippi Libraries
This item is free from copyright and may be reproduced without prior consent.