Saturday morning October 25th, 1862
Ever dearest Sallie, I am glad once more to have the pleasure of writing you a few lines again. We arrived here yesterday evening from a trip of nearly two months in Kentucky. We have had a very hard time of it, out of the two months we have rested very little over two weeks - been marching all the time, generally from 15 to 20 miles a day. Dear I never knew what hard times were before in my life. I thought I had been tired at home picking cotton, splitting rails, etc but it was nothing to this marching and more than all dear we had to pass through on the 8th of this month a very severe battle [Battle of Perryville] - we were fighting nearly the whole day; it beat anything I ever was engaged in, in my life. You have heard me say that I would like to be in one battle if I could come out safe and sound, well I have done that now and my curiosity is perfectly satisfied, I would be glad to know that I never would have to go through another. I am glad to tell you that our company came out all alive except two. William Nesbit from near Holly Springs and poor little Bud Brassel were shot dead on the field. I am very sorry for Mr. Brassel's family.
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