Chester Adams Letters


Letter from J H Moore
to Chester Adams

June 14, 1864

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                         Bridgeport Alabama
                               June 14th 1864

Mr. C. Adams
                       Dear Sir
                                   Contrary to general
expectation at the time we left Terre Haute
we are set down, very likely for the Summer,
in Alabama.  The probability is very strong
just now that I shall not have an oppor=
tunity of seeing Mr. Usher before I return.
I confess that, I for one, felt disappointed not
to say indignant at the idea of [?]  [?]
summer away down South in Alabama, when
there were so many promises that we were
to go East.  But having a very happy faculty of
accommodating myself to circumstances, or in
other words of "taking things just as they come,"
I have settled down to my duties on the banks
of the Tennessee instead of the Potomac and
am enjoying myself very well.  I am in
excellent health and spirits. In short
as the boys say "I'm feeling bully"
  So far as the climate of this region is
concerned, I have been very pleasantly dis=
apppointed  I had always supposed that the
Summer months anywher South of Kentucky



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must be exceedingly unpleasant, if not
utterly intolerable to a northern man.  But
my experience thus far makes me believe that
our camp situated as it is upon a hill and
the right bank of the Tennessee River is a
much more pleasant Summer resort than
Terre Haute or even Washington City. The
sun shines down very straight during
the day as ever, but in the shade there is
always a nice cool breeze, and the
nights are delightfully cool  pleasant
I am satisfied that I have suffered less
inconvenience from heat than if I had
been at home
   This place is called "Bridgeport" yet
there is no town here not even a house.
Nothing but tents and shanties & the Bridge
to indicate to the visitor, the site of a town.
Mrs Pierce arrived yesterday morning, and I
think must have sadly disappointed when
she saw the situation. She expected to stop
at a Hotel, when there was not even ordinary
dwelling house in the whole town.  Pierce,
has succeeded in getting comfortable quarters
for her.  Pierce himself has not been very well for
some time, but at no time has he been confined
to his "quarters", Nor has any body here had any
apprehensions for his safety. I cant under=



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why any one should write to Terre Haute in such a
way as to frighten his wife~ She heard that he "could
not live long", and accordingly she came
at once to see him, and now that she is
here she says she'll stay the 100 days.
  I see somebody signing him[self?] "B" has been
corresponding with the "Democrat" and has
given a detailed account of the Regiment, &
a description of this part of Alabama
and the portions of Kentucky & Tennessee
through which we came.  I shall therefore
not enter into particulars ~ but refer you to
the effusions of the Newspaper correspondents-
   The condition of the 133 rd [?] is [script is faded]
present.  There is very little sickness and none
 of a serious character- Several of the boys
have been suffering somewhat from diseases
incident to change of climate = but they
are all doing well now - consuming all
the rations.  Colonel Hudson is determined
to make the Regiment efficient, and to this end
he is giving a great deal of time to drill.
Some think the Colonel has an idea of asking a
position for us in the "front" when we shall
have become proficient in drill, but the better
opinion is that we shall remain where we are
during the remainder of our time. The Col. is brave
as a lion, and I think the boys have an idea



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that he is anxious for a fight.
       I had better tell you before closing that I
am acting as clerk for the Quartermaster
I was detailed for this duty at Indianapolis
and have not yet been relieved. I have no
out door duty to perform- No Guard-
no Picket no anything of the sort. But
I would on many accounts be out with the
boys. I sit here and write all day for about
60 cents! Just think of it- We live pretty
here.  The county people bring their garden
[truck?] to our tent generally before any others
and we trade our rations for onions, butter-
mutton, buttermilk [& e.?] Live fine
  I cannot write any further now
Give my regard to Mrs. [Moore ?] if you
have opportunity-To Mr. Murray and
all other inquiring friends, Tell Mr.
Murray that Billey is well-and in deed
all the Terre Haute boys are doing finely
  Remember Me to Louis & Johny
            Very Truly
                                 J. H. Moore 

     Let me hear from you soon- I've
written in great haste-excuse every-
thing wrong in this letter



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capitalization are identical.  Words that are unclear have been enclosed in brackets.