Camp 19th Ind. Vol.
Sept, 10th, 1863
Your letter of August 30th came to hand in due course of time. I was
glad to hear that you were well and c., I enjoy verry good health, have
a plenty to do so that I have a good appetite for my hard tack and coffee.
Things move along here a bout as of old as for war news you get them as
soon as I do. I am in hopes that it will soon be over so that we
can all return to our homes and friends. Ellick Wasson is at Brigade
Head Quarters taking care of Capt. Holloways horses, he is well as
common but he nor no one els has any woman here so much for that.
Wesley Gullion was taken prisioner, he is now at Annapolis, the rest
of the boys are all well. I was sorry to hear of Grand Pa Morrs'
death but that is the end that we have all got to come to sooner or
later, I trust that the frost hasnt injured the crops much.
We are having pleasant weather here and the Brigade are making
great preparation for a celebration to take place on the 17th of the
present month. There is to be a flag presented to the Brigade in
honors of the several battles it has been in so you may expect to hear
of a great time and c. I am as well as common and I hope this will find
you enjoying the same blessing, is the wish of your absent son.
P. S. Write as soon as you can and give me all the news, tell Mr House
that I will answer his letter soon. J. H.
Camp near Chattanooga
October the 18th, 1863
It is and more with pleasure that I seat my self to write you a
few lines to let you know I am well and harty and hope that when
those few lines reaches you, they may find you enjoying good health,
well first thing is, I have seen uncle Will and he is well and
harty, the next thing is that we have got to see the elephants, we
have bin in to one of the hardest battles that har line fought in this
war and we lost our Captain and out first Lieutenant, both was kill
dead on the field and we had to privates killed and 19 wounded, I
came out safe all but a spent ball struck me on the leg but it did
not go through the hide. Well, I havent very mutch to write for I have
just come off of pickett guard and am tired. We are a bout one mile
and a half from Chattanooga, Tenn. rite oposite the Lookout Mountain
and the rebels is in sight. Well I want you to tell Catarine Bainter
that I havent forgot her yet and I want her to write to me and I want
to know how uncle John is getting a long, if you have heard from him
lately. Well, I have to bring my letter to a close. Direct your letter
to Chattanooga, Tenn. Co. B, 84th Reg. Ind. Vol. Write soon and tell me
of all the seding in town, so no more at present but ever remains you
John W. Turner
To Catherine Hawk
I take my pen to rite you a few lines to let you know that I am
well at present time and hope if ever those few lines so fortunate
as to reach you, they may find you the same. i reseave your very kind
letter to day and was glad to hear from you again for it had bin a long
time sence I heard from you. I hant got much to rite this time so you
must not look for much but I will do the best I can, the times hear is
good, I think we will have a fite hear in a few days and then if I git
through, I will rite to you again and tell you about how I got a long
You said you didnt want me to reinlist any moore, I dont think I
will till my time is out hear and come home and see you, I will bring
my few lines to a close for the present, Rite soon
to Sister Kate Hawk