|Moscow Tennessee 18 July--1863
Dear Cousin Rebecca,
I don't know that I have anything important to write today but
it won't do to let your letter go any longer without your having an answer.
We still remain at Moscow at our old business of guarding Rail
Road. We don't have any important adventures. The Colonel occasionally sends out
a squad of us when he hears of any guerillas in the neighborhood but footmen
don't stand much chance to catch mounted guerillas. A lot of us went out last
Sunday and lay hid in the bushes along a narrow lane through which we expected
some guerrillas to pass that night. We stayed all night but they didn't come. We
have a small detachment of Cavalry here. They bring in some guerrillas every few
days. Since we left Jackson the rebels have been trying hard to raise a force up
north of us to come down and make a break in this railroad. Col. Hatch with
about 1500 cavalry had a fight with a superior force of rebels in Jackson a few
days ago. He whipped than, took over 100 prisoners and drove them out of town.
If they ever get down in this part of Tennessee we will try to give them a warm
reception but I don't think they will be here soon.
The weather is terribly hot most of the time tho' we have had a
few cool days We have been living high on blackberries for the last three weeks.
There has been a great abundance of them and they will not be all gone for more
than a week yet. The Apples and Peaches have not begun to get ripe much yet, but
there will be an abundance of them when they do get ripe.
I didn't have to "watch the measles" on the 4th as you say you
did, but I had to watch for rebels. I was on Picket Guard that day. I didn't
have a very lively time of it. The day was awful hot and our post was out
in an open field with no shade but our tent so I didn't feel so gay as I have
sometimes done on the 4th of July. We hadn't heard the good news from Vicksburg
Tell Sister Lorain that I do remember the currents. I will not
soon forget any of my kind friends at Home.
I have my usual good health. The weather has been too hot for
any one to feel as spry as in October--but I am as well as could be expected for
this time of year. We don't have such cold weather here as you do in Iowa but I
believe I like the cold better than the Heat of the South.
If I can have my own way I don't think I'll ever pass another
summer further South than Iowa. Although I want very much to see you all, still
I don't allow myself to get homesick. I wouldn't like soldiering for a business
all of my life, but so long as Uncle Sam needs me he will be welcome to my poor
Sergt [William M.] Allyn has not been able to do his regular duty for two or
three weeks. I don't really know what ails him--I suppose it is merely debility.
I suppose that you have heard that George
Ashline had got accidentally shot in the leg. It was done about a week ago
by the carelessness of some one in another company. I don't suppose it will be
anything very dangerous, but he will not be fit for duty for sometime. I send
love to you, Robert and the children--to Mr. Angiers folks and friends
generally. I believe that all your friends here are well except those I have
Jas B. King
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