Ransom E. Hawley Letters


Letter from Ransom E. Hawley
to Sarah M. Hawley

October 21, 1863

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    Camp in the field near, Greenville, Tenn.
                                                 Oct 21st 1863.
           My Dear Mother                  
                                     Thank God I was
last night once more permitted to hear your
warning voice through a letter directing me
still in the true path.  I supppose before this
time Lucy has rec'd the letter I wrote her at
Cumberland Gap.  I rec'd Lucy's letter at the Gap.
Last night I rec'd your and Pa's. I was very glad to hear
that you both are enjoying such as good health as
you are.  We arrived here after a five days march from
the Gap. The 1st day we marched 25 miles passing
through Taswell which has been a very pretty
town but was butnt by Bragg, that night we
marched until ten o'clock many of the boys fell out
before we halted and did not catch up untill
two, or three days. Next day we crossed the Clinch
mountains & the Flint & Holston rivers,
we made but 14 miles. Next day we passed
through Morristown and camped this side of the
place. There we actually did hear the car again.



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We were the next day ordered to Bulls.Gap expecting  
to find a few lousy Rebs to whip but not
so, they had commenced falling.back Next daythe
engagement took place, but we had no share in
it, we were ordered to hold a position in the
rear. I suppose the papers call it the Blue Springs
skirmish.  Our loss was 6 killed, and 53wounded.
The rebel loss is not certainly known.
The day after the engagement we marched over
the battle field we saw one dead Reb still
unburied, shot in the back like all cowards.
That night we marched near to our present
camping ground. Next morning the Col
awakened us,and told us to broil our meat
as we positively had to leave at six o'clock.
But the order I was countermanded, and we
went into camp. Well here we are near the
home of Andy Jhonson. Camped in sight of
the Iron mountains of North Carolina within in
twelve miles of the North Carolina line
This is the very poorest part of East Tenn.
There is scarcely nothing here to forage.



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  I suppose have the same idea that I had
that nearly all the people here are loyal but
the Secesh are nearly 5 to one.
We are near the Knoxville & Richmond. R.R.
I wish you would please send me the returns
of the election. It is of no use to send papers
to us as they will be thrown out.
Our camp church is still increasing in
interest, and numbers. We know not when
we will be ordered from here before long we
suppose. Give my love to all inquiring
friends, and keep a Benjamin’s portion for
yourselfves.  May a kind Father protect us
all, and bring us together again in peace
is the prayer of



  *Note to researcher:  This letter has been transcribed by Archives staff verbatim
as the words appear on the original written page.  The spacing, punctuation, and
capitalization are identical.  Words that are unclear have been enclosed in brackets.