This letter written by
James B. King
27th Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Company E,
was transcribed and submitted by Barbara King.
Henderson Station West Tennessee
Silas Angier tells me that Harvey(?) writes that you want me to "fulfill my promise" and write to you. I am sure cousin Beck that I try to keep my promises--as well as I can, and I have written once or twice to you since I had a letter from you. But I don't generally wait for an answer but write as often as I can whether I get any answer or not. We have been here for nearly three weeks foraging for corn to send to Corinth [Mississippi]. The roads are getting so bad that I don't believe we can forage much longer and I think we will stay here but a few days. I suppose we will go back to Jackson [Mississippi] or maybe Cornith. The boys who are down here are mostly well I believe. Good many of them who are sick are up at Jackson. Most of your acquaintances are well I believe. Ed Ashline is not very well. I have not seen him for nearly three weeks. He has a lame knee. Sergeant Allyn [William M. Allyn], Sherman [Isaac S.] Hanna and Sile [Silas] Angier are well. Silas is as fat as he can be. I think I will have to tap him, to get some of the lard out before hot weather comes on. I have as good health as ?. Remember me to Matt and friends generally. Tell Fanny and Katy that cousin Jim has not forgotten his little cousins if he is a Soldier. Direct as usual to Cairo Illinois.
James B. King
Co E 27 Iowa Vol Inf
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