Nearly two months after the 13th Michigan left Kalamazoo, Harrison is becoming anxious to hear from his family. Now camped near Nashville, Tennessee, he is excited to receive a letter from his sisters, Ann and Melissa. He immediately sits down and writes to his parents.
He is more impressed with the Nashville area than he was with Kentucky, calling it a “pretty place” compared to Kentucky, “a pretty hard place.” His biggest complaint is that he doesn’t hear more from home. He urges his parents to write and asks them to buy him stamps since they are hard to come by in Tennessee.
March the 13 1862
Dear Father and Mother I received Ann and Melissa letter March 13 and thought i would write you a few lines back we got in this place last night abought 9 o clock and pitch our tents eneywhare we could till morning we puled up and moved about 20 roads [miles] and sat down again we dont no how long we shal stay here we are in Tennassee about 3 miles from Nashville it is a pretty large place the rebles has tore up the bridg so we hafto cross in a boat it is a pretty place round here but in Kentucky is a pretty hard place the fences is all burnt down and houses some has left thare house and every thing in it and run away but thare is some left yet thare is 4 rigements here in our brigade thare is some artilery here to we get anought to eat now we hafto cook it Ann said that you was all well i am well Uncle joseph is not very well we left him behind yesterdy but he is acomeing to day have you got my letter i wrote last if you have i want you to write i was glad to hear from Ann and Melissa it was the first news i had heard i want you all to write for i cant write all the time you have onely one to write and i have a good meny tell uncle jerimire [Jeremiah] to write it bothers me to get stamp i want you to send me 2 dollars worth of stamps for i cant get them here so i must bring my letter to a close for they want me to go and get some wood tell them all to write dont forget and keep the rest of the money i can get paper and envelup enough so good by from your [son] O.H Dewaters
Direct your letters to Louisville Kentucky Co H 13 Mich infantry
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