Knoxville Mar 25th 1863

Dear Father & Mother [his stepmother]
After a bisey day at this Sity
I write you Afew lines , I left my Company
at Co Co Creek last Friday all well except
Some Slight Sickness not worth note I
have bin to Col Thomas hed quarters his
Legion is now under gen [?] E. Jackson [1] &
our boundery apears to be Western NC &
Eastern Tenn I am to remain at Coco
Creek a while yet to ceth [2] deserters & concrits
& to pevent catel from being drive from this
State I was at the S Planes [3] 2 days but
did not git to See David [4] as he was out on 
a scout I Bought to day 3 toom stones 2
for my litel children & 1 for Mother it is
nearly 5 ft long & 10 inches wide he is to put
on all the leters you Sent & Finish it up
for $50 (fifty dollars) & is to furnish a foot stone
& box the hole & deliver at the depoat this Sity
my 2 costs 24 dollars very small Size
I unde Stand Brother Silas Rased a company
in Gilmore co [5] GA & is gon to Savanna I do
not Know the trouth as it I sopse it is so
Garret Taylor is a prisoner & not Kiled I
hare nothing from Jims boys only [???]
which Says [???] is giting well
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Father I may not git home again till
the war is over & [???] never I want you
to try & to to my house & git the date of both
of my litel Children Birth & death & send it
to me at co co Creek So that I can have
the tom stones Letered & I hope you or Some
one else will See that them & Mothers is
put up in their proper place it is the un
-certanty of life that promps me to ask this
of you tho I hope to see it don my Self
thar is no war news of intrust except that
Rosancrancs is falling back from murphy
Borow Father write to me soon as I want
to her from you & my Friends
I must say to you that I have now
120 Men in my company I have had no
trouble with them yet my orders has
never bin disobeyed & has not punished
one Single man yet I must close as
I am tired & it is about nine oclock
your Son S, Whitaker

  1. Gen. Alfred E. Jackson
  2. ceth = catch
  3. Strawberry Plains
  4. his son, Lt. David L. Whitaker of Co. A, Infantry Regiment, Thomas’ Legion
  5. Gilmer County, Georgia
March 25, 1863


Co. H, Walker’s Battalion, Thomas’ North Carolina Legion
Residence (County): 
Buncombe County, NC


Residence (County): 
Davidson County, NC


From State: 
From Municipality: 


To State: 
North Carolina
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Michael Ellis
Transcription Date: 
April, 2011

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