Camp near Shelbyville, Tennessee
June 7th, 1863
Ever Dearest Sallie, This is to inform you that I gladly reed' on yesterday evening your kind letter of May the 11th, although I had reed' one through John C. written since it was. I am always glad to read your letters. I was really glad to hear that everything was getting along so well at home except the ill health of yourself and our sweet little babe, supposed to be caused by the evil effects of my richly enjoyed furlough, but as you said nothing about it in your letter by John C. I am in hopes you were deceived. I know you have enough to trouble you there without that, and will anxiously wait to hear that such is not the case, bear, you will see that we have moved our camps again. Gen Bragg reed' information the other day that the Feds were evacuating Murfreesboro and sent off the troops from here to ascertain the truth about it, and sent down to Lewisburg for our brigade so that we would be nearer if the should get up a fight, but the report here now is that our cavalry went within 3, and our infantry within 5 miles of the place, and drove their pickets back to their breastworks, and as they didn't show any disposition to give our troops battle, they turned around and came back, but I heard today that Gen Forrest had had a little fight with them up at Franklin and had got rather the worst of it, so I wouldn't be surprised if we would be sent back to Lewisburg or on to Columbia in a few days so that we can support Forrest at that place.
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