Smith Family Letters


Letter from
John W. Smith
to Margaret Smith

February 17, 1863

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                            Feby 17th 1863
Lagrange Tennessee
           Dear Wife I Set down
to inform you how I got along
& how I found Ben and so
I got to lagrange on Saturday
night about 7 oclock & found
Ben on Sundy morning in the
hospital at Lagrange I found
him in Rather worse health
than I Suposed, he is verry poor
has the diare tollerable bad  & has
a bad coff  he can walk about
& if I can get him home Soon
I think his health can be Restored
again   they are going to have a
general examination hear perhapse
to day or soon at lest  I think
there is no mistake but he will get
a discharge but it is the Slowest
thing on earth to get any gover
-ment work done   I am not
going home till I get him                    


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  Jo and Parsons says  I shall have
him in some way if they cannot get
him discharged hear they will have
him transfered to Memphis and there
Parsons says he can have it done
certain if no other way with a 20
dollar bill & if that fails the
officers says I shall have
him any how, I should not
ritten if I had been any way
certain that we would get off
 in a day or 2 = but things are
so unsertain & I supose you would be quite
anxious to hear.  I have ritten as
near the facts as I am able to
judge (he thinks that cat har
settled on his lungs but I do
not think so   I think he could
get well after while if I could
get him home   he is able to go
on the cars or railroad   a chance
is all we want & that I
will have some way or other.

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my trip cost me twenty four
dollars & I paid for the first 2
days bord $150 cts per day   I have been
eating in the hospital good bord for
nothing   Ben has good bed good
care & good vituals & in a good
house a female college well
attended with Sothereign girls
& now as well attended with
northern soldiers about 300 in
this house & I believe 5 hospittals
in this one place   my god
to see the horrows of war any one
to see the distruction of men
& property hear shurly would be
thankfull to see the day come
when this thing is brought to
a close   make your selves as easy
as possible & you need not be
suprised to see us any day  perhapse
we will not get off for a month  
you may rest assured I will not
come untill I bring him.


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you will have to manage things for
a while to the best advantage
if I do not have the luck to get
home soon--   the wether is tollerable
warm & rainy I have no
trouble getting through=
            I will close by saying that
    Ben is still Looking for a good
    dinner on his arrival
    home   he is to gready to eat
    & hard to manage he has
    greatly revived since I came.
              Yours respectfaly

              J. W. Smith to margaret



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