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John Hughes

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Contributed by Tom Caulley

Undated Fragment (Sometime after Jan 31, 1863 is suspected)

------and I earnestly hope that you are all enjoying the good blessing. I have but little to write this morning as I wrote a letter yesterday, I have not gotten anyanswer from you yet. The last letter I received was dated the 29th of January. If you have received my other letters you will understand this. You need not writeany more until you hear from me again as I do not expect to be here to read them.Try and content yourself the best you can and think all will be right in a shorttime.

So if you do not hear from me for 2 or 3 weeks you may look out for me for I am coming home or die trying. There is about 10 of the best men in the company goingwith me. As the boys is ready, I will close so I want you to pray for us as we willhave a long and lonesome tramp and many dangerous encounters. To sister Edney Campbell, please hand this to Hariet and tell her not to be uneasy. You must help keep this very still. Kiss Johny.

It appears from this note that John C. Hughes planned to desert and go home.

John C. Hughes never had a chance to take that long lonesome treck. On March 1st hewas admitted to the hospital with chronic diarrhea which is known today as DYSENTERY,In his regiment 4 officers were killed and 52 enlisted men were killed WHILE 2officers and 229 elisted men died from disease. This number could well have been applied to most regiments in the Civil War.

The last communication Harriet Hughes received was from Captain Tracy and read as follows:

Helena Arkansas
May 31st, 1863

Mrs. Hughes

I have this day received notice of the death of your husband John C. Hughes. He died on General Hospital Boat City of Memphis and was buried at St. Louis. Died April 8th. Leiut. Porter od my Company laid your case before Gen. Fisk who promised to send you some money.

Yours truly

George H. Tracy
Capt. Com'y Co


John C. Hughes was laid to rest in St. Louis at Jefferson Baracks National Cemetery Plot: 1 0 7137 after his death on April 8, 1863 on the hospital steamer, City of Memphis while enroute to St. Louis. His grave was marked by a stone reading

John C. Hughes
Co. L 83 Ind.
April 8, 1863

I have been instramental in having this error corrected and his new stone reads:

John C Hughes
3rd Mo. Inf.
April 8, 1863

After John's death Harriet married her widowed brother-in-law Steven Allen Buxton (Hist first wifem Elizabeth Ann Campbell was Harriett's older sister) by whom she bore three daughters. Harriet Campbell Hughes Buxton went on to join John in Heaven on February 4, 1904.

John C. Hughes's "Likeness" (photograph) was given to his son John. It was lost when John's house burned.

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