Ransom E. Hawley Letters


Letter from Ransom E. Hawley
to Ransom and Sarah M. Hawley

May 27, 1864

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                       Bridgeport Alabama  May 27th /64         

             Dear Parents
                                To day I find myself
actually away down south in Alabam
We left Nashville Wednesday morning early on the
Nashville & Chattanooga R R for our present camp
I suppose you remember seeing Gen Thomass order,
ordering all troops bound to C from N to foot it, but we
waived the rule and came on loaded cars.  We passed
through the battle ground of Murfreesboro during the forenoon
it is now strongly fortified, much stronger than before the
battle.  In the afternoon we passed through Tullahoma but
scarcely any trace of the 27th remains.  Toward evening
we entered the mountains then we was wiled country, it
took two engines to shove us up the grade of the tunnel, this
I believe is the longest tunnel I ever went through. We arrived
at Stevenson Ala ab just at dusk went to the Soldierís Home
an eat a tolerable soldier supper. [?] Stevenson is the
junction of the Memphis R R & the N & C R R and a
real [stirring?] place it is. After we had [returned?] [to?] our seats on
the cars the Capít commanded us to step on the other train
but those of us on the three last cars did not hear the
command, and the train went off without us. We found
by inquiring that there would be a train at two o'clock, we
mounted the same train that Co H of our Reg't occupied and
reached this place about three o'clock, when we came here we
looked for our company but could not find it, the reason
was, they had gone to the quarters of Cap't Milton Osborn's



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  artillery.  Bridgeport is a town of four [citisens?] houses and depot.
But it is a full grown military town I have no idea of
how many troops are camped here but there are sufficient
to hold it against any force that may be brought to bear
against it. We have no camp guard, and as the Tenn river
is near we promise ourselves a gread deal of sport fishing
and swimming. The boy I bunk with is now off
fishing I would have gone but I thought it my duty
to write. I wish you would send me two or three of the
largest hooks and a ten cent line  Thed has them I
guess  Some soldiers have made as much as $5.00 a
day fishing.  A Russian Col commands this place
I have never heard his name but I am told that it is
so outlandish that no man can remember it.
I sleep with an old soldier by the name of Steele you
will see his name on our Co record.
It is so far to any house that no soldier that I have
conversed with has been to any house.  If I kknew
albout the place I would write more but I believe I
have written all that is of interest.
      Remember me to all inquiring friends
                                                 Yours with much love
P.S. I you find my pocket map of the U S please send
it, it is very old bu and bound with morocco.

        Co F   133 Ind. Bridgeport Alabama
       Care of Capít R E Smith.



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