[Whitaker’s company was among the small number of Confederate troops guarding the railroad bridge over the Holston River at Strawberry Plains, when they were attacked by a larger Union force on June 20 and defeated. Some of his men escaped, and some were captured and paroled. Some of these men returned to their homes in North Carolina; others ignored the terms of surrender and rejoined Whitaker and their company in Louden.]

Louden Tenn June 28 63
Dear wife I am Still at this place
with a few men that has Stuck
to me I am going to Knox ville
to day to git blankets for my men
& cooking vesels we lost all in the
fight we are Staing in a large chur
-ch I am bording at a private
house & doing well David is at
Zolicoffer he was at Strawbery
Planes before the fight [1] & left his
close with me they are all lost.
I want you to make me a nice
Soot of Janes cote & pants [2] as Soon
as you can I can not come
home till Igit beter Stratened
out her
thar is a fight goin on at Tali
-ahomer troops goin thar every
trane this litel Hurra at the
planes is nothing the Boys must
come back amediatly
thar is now a general Pardon to
all absentees that will come
in amediatly they will report
to me at Loudon without delay
tell Hugh Collett to git all the
men he can & come at once
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to Louden you can send
him this Lter they must
come amediatly
I have not time to write more
as I have to fix to go to Knoxvill
your Husband
S, Whitaker

  1. the fight at Strawberry Plains on June 20
  2. coat and pants made of “janes” cloth
June 28, 1863


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


Residence (County): 
Polk County, TN


From State: 
From Note: 


To State: 
North Carolina
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Michael Ellis
Transcription Date: 
April, 2011

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