Letter 15

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Letter 15


United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives


E. M. Leland to J.A. Bryant, January 27, 1863


E. M. Leland


Selvage Collection, Southern Appalachian Archives, Mars Hill University


Southern Appalachian Archives, Liston B. Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies, Mars Hill University




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Camp Sill near Murfreesboro Tenn. Jan 27th 1863
Mr. J.A Bryant, Dear sir I this [__ning?] need a dispatch [missing words] you massing inquiry [__t?] your son. The reason [missing words] It did not find me [missing words] you directed it rong I am Commissary of the 2nd Division and not quartermaster of the 4th Brigade but I have made all the enquiry about your son that I could from the best information. He was taken prisoner and taken off with the other prisoner to Chattanooga or Richmond. I with other hunted the battlefield over after the battle but [p.2] could not find his body. I hope he is safe and will be paroled or exchanged soon. I wrote to you the next day after he was missing but the mails are souncertain That I presume that you did not get my letter . I came near being taken or [missing words] myself but fortunately [missing words] not hurt. I have wrote my family but they have [missing words] to get my letters. I fear that i will be compelled to resign and go home. I am coincidentally afflicted with new [atem?] and stiffness in my joints. The weather here is so damp it rains about every other day. Mr Yost & Selliese are both well I saw Yost this morning. I regret I am unable to give you satisfactory [p.3] information about Leonidas this war is a dreadful calamity on this country and I fear from the actions of the Indiana Legislations that they will only help prolong the [shiegle?] if that legislature [missing words] the copperhead part of it [missing words] here the Indiana soldiers [missing words] stop their treason [missing words] as they would Jeff Davis, if if should hear anything of your son, i will inform you as soon as possible. I am very uneasy about my son Thomas, I have heard that he was in the Vicksburg fight but have not heard what was the result. Should you have occasion to write or dispatch to me again direct to me as follows: Capt. W E. MLeland A.C.S 2nd Division Gen Johnson's staff [p.4] you will escept of my heart felt sorrow for the loss of your son and my earnest prayer is that he may again return to his home and friends. I am with much esteem your friend, your friend, [E. M Leland?]
Give my respects to my [missing words] in your town & neighborhood

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E. M. Leland, “Letter 15,” Southern Appalachian Archives Mars Hill University, accessed December 9, 2023, https://southernappalachianarchives.org/items/show/208.