Headquarters Cavelry
14th Army Corps
Murfreesboro Tenn Jan 30th
Dear Folk [1863]
I recived yours of 19th on
this morning & am glad to
learn that my things are
coming as I,m in need
of them as I brought
a fellow from Nashville on
Tuesday that was in the
barracks & was lousey &
I got some & had to thro[w?]
my shirts away, which is
very common thing in the
army. I took the Gen’s
wife to Nashville on Sun-
-day & returned on Tuesday
on the awfullest road that
ever was a road. Talking
about snow, we have had
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several spits of it here &
a great deal of rain, but
to day is nice & warm as
spring. I suppose that the
boys has had good times a
sleighing for a few days. I
would like to have one nice
one. Speaking about [Tom?]
I do not know what regiment
he belongs too.
I seen E. Sharp yesterday
& he sends his best respects too
all, is ell & hearty.
There is no news if impor-
-tance to tell you. The Gen. D.S.
says that we will stay hear a
month at any rate.
I was out a foraging yes-
-terday, on the battle ground, on the
right wing in the Franklin pike
& of all the scene’s I ever seen
that beat all, this three feet
through, hole shot right through
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the [sentre?] underbrush just mowed
down like as if you would go
into it with a [Hilti Scraper?]
Five to 11 horses in a heap. 10
to 20 men buried in one grave
every house a hospital for our
or the rebs soldiers. They are still
hauling wounded to Louisville & Cincinnati
John Kennett acting Brig. Gen has
resigned & gone home & the
regiment feels it. I assure you
Adjutant Chamberlain started yes-
-terday after the paroled prisoners
Of the 4th O.V.C.
I did not recive your letter of
the 22nd but did of the 25th &
have written several times but
the mail is so irregular that
there is no dependance to be
put in them. The R.R. bridge
will soon be finished & then
we will be more certain of
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letters as there is very much
danger on the road between
here Nashville yet. Although
there is several stations on the
road well fortified. Nothing
but desolation seems to reign
wherever the army goes.
We have been on half rations of
coffee & sugar since we been here but
have never run out but once, have plenty
of fresh meat & warm buscut twice
a day. We have an negro woman
cooking for us & we live pretty well
considering the army generally.
Hoping this letter will find
you enjoying good health as I do
I will close &
Remain your’s affectionately
E.A. Peterson
4th O.V.C.
Direct to E.A. Peterson Murfreesboro Tenn
in care of Gen D.S. Stanley. C. of. C.
Army of Cumberland
14th Army Corps
Uncle Sam owes me about $80.00 dollers [1]
at the present time
Write often as news are pretty scarce here [2]
at present. Give my love to all.
The paymaster is here & there is some hopes [3]
of being paid off [work?]

  1. Written crossways on page 4
  2. Written crossways on page 2
  3. Written crossways on page 3
January 30, 1863


Co. D, 4th Ohio Cavalry
Residence (County): 
Hamilton County, OH


Name Variant: 
“Dear Folks”
Residence (County): 
Hamilton County, OH


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Transcription/Proofing Info

Kenneth Gardner
Transcription Date: 
January, 2015
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
January, 2015

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