Morristown Tenn
April the 9th 1862
Dear Father & Mother
I received your kind
letter this morning and was quite glad to hear
from you all that you were well I am not
well yet but I think I am a little better
Dr Yancy says I am better and has gone on to
the Gap [1] and has left me only a few drops
to take I think I am able to go home if they would
Furlough me we wrote a few lines to Col Vance [2]
to day concerning a furlough but I think it very
doubtful about getting one I dont care much
I can stay here until I am able to go to the gap
Though as I am not able for duty I would some
rather go home and stay a while besides I would
like to see you all The most that ails me is my
stomach out of fix or a weak stomach The medicine
that I am taking is to strengthen my stomach
You say you sent two letters to the Gap for me
I have never gotten them We have been hearing
some news during the last day or so of a great
fight at Corrinth [3] the first report said our men had
had killed a great many of the enemy and had
taken about 6000 prisoners then it was said that
a later dispatch had been received which said our
men had taken the entire army If I can get a
furlough I will probably be at home in about a
week There has been a great deal of wet bad
weather here but things putting out [4] very fast fast
here now wheat I think looks tolerbly well here
no more at this time write soon
Your obedient son S.A. Patton

  1. Cumberland Gap
  2. Col. Robert Vance of the 29th NC Inf.
  3. Battle of Shiloh, April 6-7
  4. leafing out, sprouting
April 9, 1862


Company H, 29th North Carolina Infantry
Residence (County): 
Buncombe County, NC


Residence (County): 
Buncombe County, NC
Residence (County): 
Buncombe County, NC


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To State: 
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Toni Mitchell
Transcription Date: 
September, 2011
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
September, 2011

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