Abraham Slough Letters


Letter from Abraham Slough
to Lydia A. Slough

May 3, 1862

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                                Army in the Field
                                                May 3rd 1862 

                        My dear and Loving wife I
again this Morning take my pen in hand to
Inform you that through the Goodness of God
I an Still well and harty hoping this may
Reach you and find you all Enjoying good
health and in fine Spirits, for I find that
being in Good Spirits is about half the battle
So far as that part is concerned I think I
have my share Especialy now for we just have
the news of our forces having New Orleans and 
the fleet coming up the Mississippi, and also
our Success at York Town, and I am Satisfied
that before you get this letter we will have Cor
=inth and then I think the thing will be about
wound up, all that I am afraid of now is
that the Rebles will leave Corinth for I am
Satisfied if they make a stand here they will
be wiped out,  we are now within twelve
miles of Corinth we are the Reserve guard of the



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left wing of the army before Corinth I am
Satisfied that we will never get to fire a
gun if the Rebels do make a Stand here
I do not want you to give your self any
uneasiness about me for I feel Just as
Safe here as I did when at home Seting
by the fire.  If this thing goes off at Corinth
I will write you as soon as it is over
unless the Rebels get me which I am not
afraid of in the least our forces here is
now Represented at a hundred and fifty
Thousand men, our men are making all
the Preparations they can for a great victory
and I am Still Satisfied that if my life
is Preserved I will be at home by the 4 day
of July next so you may look for me
we are now on the Road from hamburgh
to  Corinth about 8 or 9 miles from Hamburgh
we are now within a few hundred yards
of the line of the State of Mississippi and
of all the Poor Countries I Ever saw this beats
all only fit to rase [broomsage?] [huckleberry?] [etc.?]


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 the weather here is beautiful and warm
Wheat is out in head  Corn is up nice
where there is any I have not seen ten
acres of corn on our road out here, this
Country is about as dencly Inhabited as
ours was twenty years ago and no more
  A few words about our Sick boys we
have not heard from J Tipton and J. West
and J. Fiscus Since the left us at hamburg
we think maybe they are furlowed home       
I would like to here from them Very much
we now have 62 men presant in our company
out of them we have about 30 that is realy
able for duty but we have about 40 that
do duty Lt Hyden is sick and I think
will Resign and go home in a few days
 Will Mounts we left in the hospittle at
Hamburgh  H. Griffith I understand is
furlowed home there has been 5 or 6 dis
=charged out of our Co our Regiment I think    
can not now muster many over 4.00 men
and a great many of them unfit for duty



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 I Received last Eavening a Worthington
Paper of the 17th  [Just? First?] I was glad to get
the Paper but I would rather had a letter
from you than 40 Papers and I think it
would have taken but Very little time to
have written a letter and Sent along
you said in one of your letters that you rote
nearly Evry week I want you to write
at least once a week if not twice the
last letter I got from you was dated Apr
16th  Since that time I have written 3 or 4
to you one to [Missis?] and one to John Haxton           
if you can find nothing else to write  Just
tell me whether you are all well or not
and sign your name for I want to be sure
and hear from you once a week at least
 I am going to quit writing Such long
letters for I can get but a short one in
Return I will close by Saying write
Soon and often  I Remain your afection
=ate husband until death
 To Lydia A. Slough ~Abrm Slough           



  *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.