Smith Family Letters


Letter from
Benjamin W. Smith
to John W. Smith


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I think you had
better not come to see
me till we get to
Memphis  they can
discharge their but
I expect you will
start before this
comes to hand   I
would like to be
at home   I want
to see home once
more and to go
to school to


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Lummis once more.  
I would like to see
Misses Lummise
s big teeth—and
see my colts  I
I dream about
home and my colts  
I want you to
take good care
of them untill
I get home   Is
old beaue alive
and harty yet  
I would like to see
you but I would
rather you would
not come untill we



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get to Memphis   then
I think you can do
some good but you
cant here  They have
a fort at Memphis
to keep them that are
not bad not able for
duty   they take good
care of them their  
I expect they will
leave me their if
they go down the river  
if they go up the
river I will go with
them but  I dont
think that the war
 is over yet quite


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I got a letter from
Bill Adams yesterd
ay he is well he was
at Halena when he
wrote   I got one
from David Huffa
rd and Jim Downar
d I am tired of
writing and I will
come to a close write
as soon as this comes
to hand and I will
write as often as
I can

      (signed)  B.W. Smith
                    J.W. Smith



  *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.