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Transcribed and submitted by
Teri Button
Great Great Granddaughter of Charles Hennrich

Memphis, January 26th 1864

Dear Parents:

I cannot wait until I receive an answer to the letter which I wrote to you the 29th of December but am moved to write because we have orders to march. When we are once on the march letter writing will stop for a while. I have watched a long time for a letter from you but always for naught. Therefore I want to write to you so that in case we should go you will know which way we have gone.

It is said that the 16th Army Corps is to take the field and the 15th is to take over our stand. As far as we know we have to go down the river to New Orleans and from there to Mobile. It will probably be a hard march but I think it cannot be worse than when we went to Little Rock last year.

According to the order, we are to go down the river by boat the 26th. It is not yet sure whether we will leave the 26th or whether it will be postponed several days.

Dear parents, the 12th was almost our neck, namely, the 12th we went, as guards, on the railroad train that runs from here to Corinth. When we were three miles the other side of Germantown, about 19 miles from Memphis, the rebels tried to blow us up. They had buried several bombs along the track, under the rails, in order to blow a wheel off the locomotive and derail it. They had fixed it so that as soon as the locomotive came to the place it would set it off. So it was. As soon as the locomotive came to the spot the bombs exploded and made a great noise. But by good luck it did not hurt the train, only sprung two rails, and the train was going fast enough that it passed over all right. When they saw that the train was not damaged they started to fire on us but luckily no one was hurt.

There is not much new here now except that about our trip to Corinth. I must close now with many greetings to all of you.

Charles Hennrich