Smith Family Letters


Letter from
Benjamin W. Smith
to J. W. Smith

November 10, 1862

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         Nov.  10th, 1862
                   Father Dear
sir I write to you again
to let you know that I
am well.  we left
Louisville last
Saturday night abou
t dark and marched
to Portland which
was about five miles
and stayed all night.
na in a heat yester
day about noon we
started to Colum
bus, Ky, a distance
of about four hundred
and fifty miles they
say. we are about 125 miles below Lou
isville and still a


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  going. We are going to
land within four or
five miles and I
I would write. 
The boat run agrou
nd last night at two
oíclock we did not
get away untill
ten aclock to day
I expect we will
have a fight before
we get to Columbus  
we drew two days rati
ons of crackers [word crossed out]
[2 words crossed out] and meat
before we started. 
There are some of the
bigest hills along
here that ever I saw
one is before me
now. I can hardly

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  see to the top.  we
are in site of a town. 
I have not learned
the name yet   it will
take us five or six
days to go to Columbus. 
I will write as soon
as we get their
I have not got but
one letter from home
yet   it was dated Oct
29th.  I canít see why
I donít get more  oth
ers get letters   why can
t I  I am setting by
the pilot house in
a verry cold place  
write soon
B. W.  Smith, Co. H 99 Reg.  Ind. Vol.


  *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.