Abraham Slough Letters


Letter from Abraham Slough
to Lydia A. Slough

July 5, 1862

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                                             Camp Near Rienzi Mississippi
                                                      July 5th 1862
                                  My Dear and Loving Wife I one time more       
have the Privilege and oportunity of writing a few lines in and ans-
wer to three kind letters I [received?] from you Since I have had
any oportunity of answering any one, I can Inform you in the first
place that I am Still well and harty for which I do yet Sincearly
feel thankful to him that preserves me hoping when this may come to
to hand that the Same hand may be [as able?] in preserving you all
to the Same degree of health and that you may be in good Spirits
The last letter I got from you, was dated June 25 I [received?] day bef
=ore yesterday your letters come to me strait along it makes no
[difference?] whether we are in a march or not I get your letters
regular and I am sorry mine do not come to you regular as I
write them but this is the first one I have had an oportunity to
write for Several days on the 27th of last month we were ordered
to march when we left our old camp and marched a South west
[direction?] we  [    ?    ]  [through?] Place Rienza and marched
in the direction of Holly Springs until we past a town called Ripley
two miles beyond we halted having travled a distance of about 45 miles
here we were ordered to retrace our steps and we [?] back to this
place [?] a march in all of about 77miles let me say to you there
was a [misery?] a poor fellow Sufered on this trip we Stoped Sometimes
when there was not more than ten men in my  company up with us
I am hapy to tell you I never have failed yet in keeping with my
company exept one time and that was at New madred at the time
I told you I was not well


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we are now about 18 miles South of Corinth, in a poor baren country
on our rout to Ripley  we traveled throug  Some [Cotton?] Country than we
have usually been in   Some Splendid farms and wherever we stoped
it was wo to the hogs Sheep gees Chickens potatoes and  [bea?] giving
I have had Several good [bales?] of Blackberries but I never have taken
any thing that did not rightfully belong to me for to be caught
taking things and have woman and children Stand crying round and
Saying they would have to Starve I cant Stand, though there is lots
of our boys that would take the last mouthful from a child you have
no idea of wickedness and mean ness but enough of this  we are here
and how long we may Stay here I am unable to Say or whare we are
going when we leave here I cannot tell we have Rumors here that Richmond
is taken but I do not believe it yet nor do I believe it Ever will be taken
I believe the Rebles will do those  Just as they have done here at Corinth I
believe they will be alowed to Evacuate. Lydia  you Earnestly, Recommend me
in all your letters to keep in good hart and I Recommend you for it but
under Existing circumstances how can you Expect me to be when in
my opinion I see gross neglect in our officers for the purpose as I think
of  protracting this war and Thereby acumulating money on the [ruins?] of
our government and at the Sacrifice of thousands of lives, but Lydia
I do believe that god is going to spair my life to Return to you again
at some time but how soon I am not able to guess at this time but I
want you to keep in as good Spirits as you can, In one of your letters you
wanted to know which letters came through the quickest those maled at Stoc
=ton or those at Pt. [Commerce?] you maled one at Stocton and then three
days after you maled one at Point and both the letters came to me at once
that Mortgage you Spoke of I am pretty Shure I got at Spencer and took
home though I may be mistaken if I am I want you to get it if you can
and not let that old Scrub get holt of it if you can help it


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now with Regard to Old White pursuading daddy to take the rent
of the place on the next payment I want you to let daddy know that
I do not want him to do so that if he goes to violating his obligation in that
way he will have to take the rent and the balance of what he had and
live upon it but I am in hopes the old man will not be humbuged
you next Spoke about the turn you had made in changing your
note and paying debts it is probably better [done?] than it would have been
had I staid at home  John Haxton told me in letter I got from him that
I might rest contented that you was carying on things and managing
better than if I was at home and it begins to look some like it at
least I am not uneasy about you getting along without sufering for any
thing to Eat but I would not be Surprised if you did not Stint yourself
in the way of clothing which I never was in favor of and am not yet
and never Expect to be and then I want you to keep from overworking
yourself Should you be spared in getting up again as you Stated in your
last letter that I have got from you that you Expected it to be the last
letter I would get from you until you would be confined you guessed
right when you Said you Expected I would like to be at home I would
not have missed being thare at that time (for I Expect it will be over
before you get this) for any thing and would have been if I could but I
could not help myself  furloughs are forbidden now under any circumstances
no man can get to go home let the case be as it may but I hope and
trust in the great creator that he will bring you through and preserve
you for us to Enjoy Each others society again in this life, I am glad
to hear that you have such good prospects for a good crop this year and
that you are getting along so well with it,  It is not the case down
here the wheet crop was not worth cutting and as a general thing there
corn looks awful bad the People Say themselves they will not have more
than half a crop



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now I will give you some Idea of the hardness of times among
the Sitizens of this Country the say they have had no coffee Salt
nor flour for Eight months coffee is worth among them $1,25 cts
per lb Salt is worth $15.00 a bushel flour $8.00 pr hundred weight
Corn $2,00 per bushel I saw in our march down to Ripley where
thousands of pounds of Cotton had been burned by the Rebles
though they have left considerable unburnt there is but Very little
cotton planted this year down here Say comparitivley none
they have followed Jeff Davis plan in this matter and have planted
ther cotton fields in corn but it is likely to do them no good as
there corn is likely to be a failure,  Lydia I want to know
whether I could incert any Secrets in my letters that could be
Seen by you only or not I would like to write of some things that
I would not like for any body Else to See, or do you have to let
the neighbors here my letters tell me in your next letter you know
that we have a right to Such between ourselves  that is no other
Persons business that matter is quite Easy on my part for there is
no one anxious here to see or hear letters from others  friends only
to ask of the health  I got a letter from A J Tipton last Eavning
I Expect Jack will never be with us any more in the armey
Jack told me in his letter that John Miller had gone to get
a discharge I am truly glad of it for may be he can get to quit
[limping?] pretty soon I will have to close my letters for I Set
very uneasy flat on the ground  write soon and often
         I Remain your Sincere and Loving husband until
        Death                                Abrm Slough to
                                                  Lydia A. Slough         
NB  I also got a letter from messer a few days a go I will answer soon



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