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Civil War Letters of

John Hughes

September, 1862

Contributed by Tom Caulley

Benton Barax,
September the 7th, 1862

Dear wife in the midst of all the confusion of camp i have taken my pen in hand to let you kno were i am and how I am giting along i am well today but hav bin unwell nearly ever since i hav bin hear on the account of a change of water and food but I hope i will git along well her after i hope when these lines come to you they may find all in good health and in peace i have not heard from you sinc i saw you.

i arrived hear at Camp Benton about eight o'clock the evening i left you and was astonished to. find so many i was new George Bryant Columbus and benet litelbob bryant ar all hear. Dutch philips and harvey Caldwell are also hear. Joseph and Gabe Barron with many others who is all belonging to the 33th Rigment our Rigment is nearly full it now numbers 985 men and was sworn in last Friday which is first regiment organized of the new bevy and if any of the men in belvyou wishes to join one of the best finest regiments in the field they had better come soon as the regiment will be full in a rew days we have one of the finest men in the world for a Cornel he is a splended preacher and preaches to us every sundy the lieutenent Coronel is a preacher also I have just returned from preaching we had a splinded sermond with about three thousand hearers i have been to preaching twise and to prayr meeting twise since i came hear and i am happy to that an enjoy religion hear well as any whear having so many chances to attend meeting and already formed an association with some good christian men i intend by the grace of god to try to make my way from this world of sorrow and confusion to that hapy land where sorrow and parting will come no more but all will be peace joy and happiness it is time to go to evening maating i will tell you more when i git back.

Monday the 8th I did not git to finish my leter la&evening and i now say that we will git our bounty today and will git our first months pay is Boon is the pay Rolls can be made out then I will try to git a furls and come home but it is unsertain whether i can git off for two or three weeks or not i will be at home as soon as i can I will send you some money this week in a letter I should like to see you all or hear from you pleas rite to me as soon as you can and let me know how you ar giting along right what the men of belvyou ar doing or who has gone to the armey Walter Warner is hear but is not in our regiment i had been hear nearly a week before i found him and he is stationed in a hundred yards of us so you can judg how many men ar hear it is sayd their is about eight thousand men in the Barax now and still they come they say their is another regiment coming in now i shant go see

I want you to do the best you can for yourself and the children.  kep the boys at school all you can use your pleasure and judgment about leaving the plase but if you do leave sell all the stock you can and kep all the money you can git I will send you some things to Irondale to the care of Valen Hughes in a few days. Send down for them in afew days if you can

my paper is not large anuf to tell it all so i will rite again look for some money in the next letter pleas rite soon and direct your letters to

John C. Hughes
33" Mo. Volenteers
to the care of Cap Tracy

let me say to you dear wife live yourself and try to teach the children so to live that if we should never meat on earth we may all meat in heaven whear their will beno more parting nor sorrow nor tears but all is peac and joy pleas pray for me so farwell

John C Hughes
to dear wife and children

Benton Barax Mo.
Sept. the 9th 1962

Dear wife it is with Pleasure I take my pen in hand to write you a few lines to inforn you that I am well at present and I hope when these lines reaches you they may find you all in good health.

I did not rite to you until last sunday i should have written soonerbut i had no money to buy paper and stamps we drew our bounty last night we will draw 13 dollars more as soon as the pay rolls is made out then i will try to git a furlo and come home but it is unsurten whether i can git off ar not but if I donot come you must not be uneasy I would like to see you and the children but I can not now i have not heard
from you since i left I will send some money to you to Caledonia by express as soon as I can git permition to go to the city this plase is out at the northwest side of St. Louis.

I will not try to buy any goods hear as you can buy things in Potosi nearly as cheap as we can buy them hear and pay the freight on them and their is conciderable risk in sending them you had better do your trading it in Potosi I want you to right as soon as you git this leter and let me hear from you all and tell me whether you hay got my leter or not I am afraid to send money by letter nntil i hear whether you git my leters or not. I sent some stamps in my other leter Nnd I will send you some mone in a few days

I donot know how long we will stay hear we havnt got our arms yet i must close my letter of today but will right again soon pleas read the papers and see what is going on and do not neglect to write tell me all about how you are giting along direct your letters to

John C. Hughes
33 Mo. Volunteers
Benton Barax

So farwell for this time

John C. Hughes
to Harriet Hughes

Boys mind your mother and learn all you can. excuse my short letter this time.

Benton Barracks Mo.
Sept. 10th, 1862
Dear Wife and children  It is with pleasure I again sit myself down to write you a few lines lines to let you know that I am well today and I hope when you receive this letter it may find you all in good health and in peace of mind. I I have written you 2 letters. I sent you some stamps yesterday in a letter. I have not heard from you yet but I hope to get a letter soon. I have not much of importance to write today as nothing new has occured since my last letter. There is the usual amount of news and confusion in camp this morning. We can hear anything we want and a great many things we do not want to hear.

I do not know long we will stay here. Some say we will stay here all winter and others say we will march as soon as we are armed and drilled, but none of them knows anything about it. One thing we do know is that we have to go wherever we are ordered. We have splendid officers and men in our company. Our captains name is George Tracy, first lieutenant Anderson, second lieutenant Porter. Anderson is a Doctor and Porter is a preacher. Our Cols are both preachers. We have preaching every Sunday and Prayer meetings twice or three times a week. I was at meeting last night and am glad to see so much interest mainfest. Yet, not withstanding, there is a great deal of wickedness going on here, but it is not impossible to live and do right here. I am determined (to) let others do or say what they will (and) to try to lives as becomes a Christian and to try by the grace of God to work my way through every opositiob to that land where we will never have to part. Where we will meet our friends that has gone before.

My dear do try to live a Christian life. It will help you bear up under our trials and troubles here and and will fit you for the great responsibility resting an you-in tutering our children. And to you, my childeen, be good boys and mind what your mother says to you and it will go well with you in the end. Remember, I am not with you to pray with you and for you, but thiugh I am far from you, the same great God sees you that sees me and can hear my prayers for you. here as well as if I was with you. Remember, I still pray for you.

Tell John I will bring him some­thing nice when I come home. Frank, try to get some wheat in and take good care of the stock. Billy, mind Valentine, and try boys to learn to read and write. then you can write to me and read my letters. Be good boys and if I get to come home you shall all have something nice. I would like to see you all but I caninot today. I have been trying to get a pass to go to the city to send you some money but I have failed. thus far. But two privates and one commissioned officers is allowed to go to town a day. out of a company. Look for some money soon. I will now close m~ letter for today. You will please write soon. This picture is the place where we are stationed. So farewell for this time.

John C. Hughes to
Hariet N. Hughes

Direct to
John C. Hughes
Co. I, 33 Mo. Volunteers
Benton Baracks

Camp Benton
Sept. 11th, A.D.

Dear Wife,
I again set myself down to write you a few lines to let you know that I am still well and trying to the best I can for myself and i hope you are all well. I have not heard from you yet. I should like to see you and the children but I can not get off now. I will be at home as soon as I can. I have written three letters to you and one to Edney but have nor got(sic) any answer yet. You must write me every week if not oftener. Please write to me how things are going at home. I have got permition to go to town tomorrow and now send you sixteen dollars in this letter and I promise you more if this goes safe. Answer my letter immediately on receipt. Let me know whether you have got the hogs back from the field or not and  what the rebels are doing in Belleview and what has become of the malitia.

I am as well satisfied here as I expected to be but it is not home. The laws are so tight here we can not do as we wish. I have not been out of the baracks  since I came here. I would send you some more money but I am afraid I might get sick and need some. This will do you now. I will some more in a week or two. I will close my letter as it is getting dark. Do the best you can with this and do not lend it out to anybody. Send your letters to Co. I 33rd Mo. Vol. Do not forget to put in the Co. There is several John Hughes here. Pray for me and the children. Farewell for this time.

John C. Hughes to Dear wife and children.

Home Sweet Home,
I long to be there.

Camp Benton
Sept. 14th - 62
Sun. morning

Dear Wife and Children I think the time long when I shall see you'all. I am well today and I hope you are enjoying the same good blessing.  I have not heard from you yet and I think if you knew how much good it would do me you would write me.  It is no trouble to me to write to you or to read your letters if I could get them to read. The post office is here in the camp and I could get a letter within 24 hours after you start it.  I have written you four letters since I came here. I sent you Sixteen dollars in a letter written the 11th of Sept. I want you to write to me whether you got it or not. I had the letter registered and the Post Master is responsible for it. I hear this morning we are to get $28 more bounty and our first months pay this week. If it is true you may look for some more money if that I sent has gone safe. I do not want to keep but a few dollars here. I have not sent my clothing home as it would cost more than they are worth.

I see no prospect of getting to come home yet. We are kept very close here. I have not been outside of the baracks but once since. I came here. I got a pass to go to town day before yesterday and I got on the cars and went down to Carondalett, 6 miles below town where the rest of the Belleview boys is stationed.  That is Fletcher's regiment. I saw Geogge Hughes and several others there. They are all well, that I am acquainted with in our regiment. Walter Warner is gone to Cape Girado(sic). Five companies  of that regiment left night before last. I do not think, from the appearance of everything, that we will stay here long. Nearly all the men that was in the baracks is gone or going.

I donnot know what to say is the best for you to do with things but you will have to do the best you can. You had better get someone to work up the molases for you. If I get to come home it will be only to see you. I can't get to make a mill. Do the best you can. Sell all you can. Sell the mare and mule.

I hope I shall see you and the children soon. I wan you (to) send the boys to school all you can. If you think you can be better satisfird to leave home do rent the place if you can. I never in my life wanted to see you and the children as bad as I now do and if you could I would like you would come and see me. but if you should trysuch a thing write me before you come so that I can meet you at the depo for you could not find me. My dear wife and children try to live in the fear of the Lord then if we shall neve meet on earth we may all meet in Heaven and where parting is a stranger. Pray for me that the Lord may sustain me in this day of tryals and truubles. I will now close my letter hoping to receive a answer as soon  as you get this. Boys, be good children and, it will go well with you in the end. No more at present. Good-by to all.

John C. Hughes to
Hariett Hughes

Camp Benton Mo.
Co. i Mo Vol

Camp Bento
Sept 16th 62

Dear Wife I have again set down to write to you to inform you that I am yet in the_land of the living and am in good health, I do not know how or what to write. I have not heard from you yet. I have wrote you several letters and I started one last Friday with $16 in it. I should like to know wether you got it or not. I started another last sunday. I wish you would write to me and let me know how you are getting' along.

I would like to see you and the children once more befor I leave but I am sorry to inform you that we will leave here soon. We are under marching orders now But I do not know where we are going but one thing I do know is we have to go wherever we areordered. If we was going to stay here I would be willing for you to come and see me but it is uncertain wether I would be here if you was to come or not. Therefore you had better not try it until you hear more from me. It may be that we will be ordered to the knob. It is uncertain where we will go. There is some talk of us leaving tomorrow. I see no chance to get home soon but you may rest assured that I will come as soon as I can. I want you not to greave nor fret for this war will not last always. We may have to suffer privations awhile but perhaps it is all for thebetter if we can only put down this rebellion. it will will more than pay us for all the privations and sorrow we have to undergo and should I loose my life in the war it will be well in the end for the cause we fight for is a good one.

I am well pleased  with our regiment and especially with our Officers. We have good religious men in command of the regiment. I was at preaching again last Sunday and the boys all promised to let the Col. swear the first oath and if they keep that promise i think it will be a long time before they swear much as Col Fisk is one of the finest men in St. Louis. He conducted the prayr meeting last Sun. night and we had a splendid meeting. I am tolerably certain that if all the officers were such men as Col. Fisk and Lt. Col. Piles this war would soon end. I want you to pray for the 33rd Mo. Vols that they may walk worthy of thier calling and come off more than  conquer thro 

while I was setting writing this letter I heard a cry there is a letter in Camp for  John C. Hughes. I quit and read it and you can draw some idea how I felt. I read it with tears. It gave me so much comfort to hear from you yet I am sorry to hear that the children is sick. If it was in my power I would come home and see you but I am fast here. I receiced your letter on the 16th and it was dated the 19th so I cannot  (tell) when it was wrote You didn't write anything about the I letter that had the money in it. You say you want me to say what you had better do about leaving home.  Well, if you can get a house where you can send the boys to school and where you will not be so lonesome you had better rent out the place and sell all the stock you can. I want you to make yourself as comfortable as you can.  It is bad to have to stay there with the childrn I know and if you do not want to do it I do not want you to try it. Use your pleasure about it. The rent of the place and what money I can send you will supprot you and the children very well and keep the boys in school.

We are to have a grand review tomorrow of the 33rd regement. the Govenor and Adjutant General of the state is to be present. I wish You could see it. I have not much of importance to write today as I have written every other day for a while. I want you to remember that although I am absent from you in body, I am present with you all in heart and mind. I can see you all in my mind. Though a thousand miles seperates us remember the same God that takes care of me will take care of you if you will put your trust in Him I am happy to say to you that I enjoy religion better since I have been here than I have for a long time. Remember you have my prayers with you that the Lord may sustain and comfort you. The God of all grace be with you forever.

10:00 A.M. Sept 17th letter continued

We will draw more money before we leave here and I will send you some of it in a letter. I will also send my clothes to Irondale to the care of Valentine. We are going to be one of the finest dressed regiments in the field. I wish you could see us when we start from here.

If you think of leaving the place you had better see if you can get a place to go to the first thing. Do so that whoever rents the place can sew some wheat. I can not do business for you now so do the best you can with things and I will be satisfied. If you move, write to me and let me know where to send my letters. Remember always to direct your letters John C. Hughes, Campany I 33rd Missouri Volunteers and they will follow me.

You had better try to get someone to work up your sugar on shares if you can. I do not know how to quit writing for my paper is about full. Send to the post office every chance you have and be careful who you send by for there will be money in some of the letters. Write as often as you can. Give my respects to all the relations. Remember your loving husband until death. So Farewell for today and lomg long to be at home.  John C. Hughes to Harien Hughes and children

Jesus, Lover of my soul, let me to thy bosom fly thile the raging billows rollwhile the tempest still high.

Sept. 17th continued

It is still raining this morning. I am well. I wish you my dear wife and children when you see this letter you would remember this picture represents the Angels who will watch over his people who put their trust in the Lord. If we will only trust in the Lord we need not fear any harm. Oh Hariett put your trust in the tord and he will take care of you and will uphold you in all your trials and troubIes and will provide for you. His truth shall cover thee with his feathers and under his wings wings shall thow his trust. His truth shall be thy shield ana buckler. Thow shalt not be afraid for the terror by night nor for the arrow that flieth by day. A thousand shall fall at they side 'and ten thousand at  thy right hand but it shall not come nigh. There shall no evile befall thee neither shall any plaque aome nightly dwelling. He shall give his angels charge over thee to keep thee in allúthy ways.

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help And I woulq say to my dear children may the good 'Lord bless you and take care of you in the absence of your father. May he watch over you in all things and make children of you. Mind your mother in all things. This is the first commandment of good children. Remember I have often prayed for you and still continue to pray for you and should I never see you again on Earth may (we) all meet in Heaven where we will never have to part again.

Frank you must take good care of all my tools. Do not loose any of them and gather up all the plows and hoes and put them in' the dry. take care of my tobaco and keep the hogs out of the field. Billy be a good boy. learn your books and mind Valentine for your mother. Tell Johny that I will fetch him a pretty hat when I home. So good by boys.

Hariet you have no idea how bad I want to see you and the children but I cannot see you now. I have just heard that we have to start to Springfield tomorrow. I will send you my likeness by mail before I leave here and if I ever get to come home I will have yours and the childrend.

To my loving wife and dear children. Sh~d no tear when I am gone from thee but remember all is well with me.

Camp Benton
Sept the 2Oth 1862

Dear wife it is with pleasure that I have eet down to write you a few lines to let you know that I am still (well) with the exception of a bad cold and caugh. I have had cold ever since I have been here. I hope this letter may find you all well and in good spirit and in want for nothing. I have not teceived but one letter from you yet.

I go not think we will be here long. The regement is getting ready as fast as fast as possible to march to the fild. I cannot tell you where we will go but it is generally thought that we will go to Springfield. I think that very uncertain. We had a grand review of the 33 regiment day before yesterday with a general good time, Govenor Gamble General Schofield and Adjutant General Woods was all present and made a speech to us. But Cornel Fisk can beat them all and is the best looking officer. Several of the young lady (sic) of St. Louis was present who gave each man in the regiment a nice pin cushion with two needles and threads. This regement is highly esteemed, especially by the people of St. Louis. There is no soldiers in the camp that receives the attention we do. There was a general inspection of all the troops in the baracks yesterday. There was four or five thousand men on parade at once. They made a considerable show.

I Did think when I parted with you that I would nave a chance to get home to see you and the children before I had to go forth to battle but al1 such hopes is all blasted. I will have to go without seeing you. It is the hardest trial that has ever come my way. To think that I have to leave here without being permitted to see you and our little children before I leave but perhaps it is all for the best. Since I began to write this letter two new regiments has come into the baracks and we have drawn $l3 more money and I have received your letter of the 16th which gave me great comfort to hear from you. yet I am sorry to hrear you were unwell. I must go on dress parade. I will tell you more in the morning.

Sunday morning the 21th (sic) I am still well. I said I would tell you more in the morning and the first thing I have to say is I went on dress parade yesterday we received orders to march to Roley by railroad tomorrow morning. wether we will go any farther west or not I cannot say. The general opinion is that we will go to Springfield. You can See from this letter that everything is moving on rapidly and from all appearances this war will not last longer than Spring. If you will read the papers you will see the rebels are getting their rights fast of late. they have got whippings enough in the last week to do common men. They have lost not less than 50 thousand men in the last week and they are still fighting and beating the rebels
back. I have just returned from general review and eat my dinner and will have to start to meeting soon. I wish you was here to go with me once more and see what sort of meeting we can have in the army. Oh that I could see you and my little children once more. It seems to me like I was at home again with the chance I have had I would do better than I have done. I feel like I could go good where I have done nothing.

I have just returned from meeting. We had as good a sermon as I ever heard and the anti-theater was nearly full of people. The sight which made me feel awful solemn. It put me in mind of that awful day when all nations shall be gathered together before the judge of the world. There was five or six thousand people present and the text was "Go and the Lord be with you" Which was very appropriate as we are to leave at seven o'clock in the morning. We was presented a fine silk flag from the citizens of St. Louis.

I want you to write to me often and let me know how you and the children are getting along write to me all about every body and everything and let me know what everybody is doing. Write to me wether you have rented the place or wether you are going to rent it or not. You will do as you think best about it but do not rent for more than one year at a time and do not try to move all the truck. It will cost too much. Get whoever rents to take care of what things you do not need and sell all the stock you can spare and take care of your money.

Sunday night Sept 21st.

On this sheet I will have to bid you farewell. Oh let this not greive your heart but remember that the Lords my keeper and in him do I trust as father pitieth his children so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. Remember I do not go forth to war in my one name but I go forth trusting in the Lord who has promised to be with me If I will only trust in him he has said he shall call upon me and I will answer him. I will be with Him in trouble. I will deliver him and honor him with long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation. What blessed promises are those to poor sinful worms like we are. 'Remeber the Lord is our strength and our shield who is able to do more for us that we can ask. Therefore let us all put our trust in him and he well take care of us and bring us safe through all the dandgers and trials and temptations that come our way. I would say to you my wife and children that I am determined by the grace of God to live religious and to go trusting in him and believing that the will deliver me and you from all harm beleiving that·he will give us success and permit me to return home to you again. Butif it is the will of God that I shall die in this war remember that I have hope of getting to a better wold than this and if I should be called from this world I want you to have Brother Gipson preach my funeral.

Oh my wife live religious and instruct the children in the way of rigntousness so that if we shall never meet again on this Earth we may all meet in that happy land without one left behind Where we will never part again. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all and keep you from harm. May the Lord ever uphold and comfort you in you trials and troubles is my prayer. I want you not to forget to pray for me.

I must now close my letter I send, you my likeness by mail. I want you to see it to remember me. Remember it is the likeness of one whose love is ever for you and if it was in my power I would have yours to look at when I am far away from you. I send you eight dollars in this letter and hope this will be sufficient·to answer your present purpose I must keep some by me to buy my tobaco. I will send more whenever I can.

Oh, that I could see you and the children once more It seems like it has been a year since I left home. I will come home as soon as I can so be in good spirits. This war will soon end. It is getting late. Send your letters to Roley, Mo. until further information. I am your loving husband

John C Hughes
to Hariet Hughes my dear wife farewell for this time.

Rolley, Mo
Sept the 25, 1862

Dearest wife and children
It is with the greatest of pleasure the I set down to write you a few lines to let you know that I am in the land of the living and am tollerably well. With the exception of cold and cough. I hope you are well and in want for nothing. We are camped about eight miles west of Rolley and will stay here several days. I suppose we will go to Springfield from here. We left St. Louis last Monday. I received your letter dated Sept the 19th and also one from Edney dated Sept. the 18th which gave me great comfort to hear from you and the rest of the friends. I am glad to hear that things are in as good condition as as what they are. I think our homes are safe if all things go on right. I wish I could see you all but it is impossible to get a furlo now as there is a thousand men wanting to go home and if they let any go they could not overtake their company again.

You say you think our Capt. is very mean for not (letting) me come home but He has not the power to let us off nor to go home himself. We are tinder comand of General Schofield and for being sorry I have enlisted in the army I am very sorry that it is necessary for anybody to have to enlist but I knew what I was doing. I knew it was a hard place and that I would see hard times and would have to go to field to fight if necessary. The only thing I have to regret is that I have had to march without getting home again to see you and the children. If I had not left with the calculation of getting home again to see you it would not have seemed so hard. You must try to get along the best you can and although we have to be parted for awhile it will all come right in a short time.

You wanted to know to buy shoes or leather last monday perhaps you had better buy shoes as it will not cost you any (more) money. I sent you eight dollars more last Monday but you did not say anythbng about getting it. I sayed I would send you my likeness before I left Camp Benton but I didn't get to go to the post office as we came through St. Louis. I will send it the first chance. I want you to write me every chance you have Tell all the friends to write to me as it will do me nmuch good to hear from anybody in Belleview but Rebels. Please write and dirct your letters to

John C. Hughes
Co. I, 33rd Mo. Vol.
Rolley, Mo. To the
care of Capt Tracy

Sept. the 29th, 1862

Dear wife and children it is with the greatest of pleasure that I set myself down to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well at this time. I have been sick with a cold for several days. I went to the hospital two mornings (ago) and the doctor gave me 2 doses of pills and quinine enough to kill a horse. I took the pills and put the rest in my pocketbook and got well. I hope you are all well now and may remain so.

We are stationed 8 miles west of Rolley Mo and it is generally believed that we will stay here some time, as our brigade is not filled up yet. I cannot for certain (say} how long we.will be here. I wish it was in my power to get home to see you all once more before I have to go any further away but it seems as if there is no more furlos to be given and there is no chance to get home unless on business for the army. but when General Fisk comes up I will see if I can get out to recruit, for that is the only chance to get home soon.

I donot want you to think I am careless about getting off to see you for it seems to me like if I could only see you and the children I would be willing to give up my life. Yet it seems like it is necessary to keep the men together. You say you want me to hire someone to take my place that would be as hard to do as to get a discharge and if I could I would be afraid to stay mome unless the rebels was all dead.

I do not want you to take it too hard for it is bad enough at the best and the less we fret over our coilditions the better for us. If we all live (to) see the end of this war things will all be right again.

Sep 30 I am Still well this morning and things are about the same as yesterday. I have not heard anything new. I still want to see you as bad as ever. You say (you) are going to come and see me but I do not know how you can without someone to come with you and help you along. the railroad runs to Rolley from St. Louis but you would not be able to find the way througf St. Louis and it would cost you about $10 and a great deal of trouble. but you can use your pleasure and judgement about coming to see me. It would be a great comfort for me to see you.

You did not say in you last letter about wether you have received the last money I sent to you or not. I started a Letter with eight dollars in it the morning we left the baracks. I want you to write to me and let me know.

I hope you will bear with your condition until I return. I do not think the war can last until Spring and if it does last longer I have no fears about getting home safe for I go as did David when he went against Goliath. I go trusting in the Lord for deliverance.

I do not want you to fret about me being away from for If I knew you was satisfied I could pass off the time much better. Your fretting causes me to be worse dissatisfied than I would be. I want you to write to me as often as you can. It is a great pleasure to me to hear from home. If we can not see each other we can hear from each other and I do think if you knew how much good it does me to hear from you you would write oftener than you do. Your letters soon get to me when you start them. I got your last letter the day after it was mailed. I want you to write to me all about things at home and how you are getting along and what everybody is doing and whether they are getting along any better than when I left. Write wether you are in want of anything or not. If you are I will do all I can to supply your wants. As it is getting late and I have to cook supper I will quit my letter til morning and perhaps we will get some news tonight.

Rolley, Sept the 30th (Cont.)

I appears like a year since I saw you last. If it was so you could I would like you would come and see me for I fear I will not get home soon. If we go any farther west, I will be out of your reach as the railroad stops at Rolley! If we go west we will have a heap of hard march1ng to do. I would rater go any other way so we could have railroad to get nome by if we have a cnance.

I want you to write as soon as you get this letter. Write all about everything and everybody. I hope you will excuse this letter for I have nothing but my knee setting on the ground and in the dust. I want you to eat one mess of cornbread for me. We have pleanty to eat but it does not suit me.

No more today but when you read this letter remember it from one that loves you better than all others and if in the providence of God we shall meet again I hope we will enjoy ourselves better than ever before in our lives. And should we never meet again on earth it will not be long till we may meet at the bar of God. Oh that we may be prepared for that day then all will be well. if I should get killed I will join Little George and wait your coming. May the Lord help us all. Pray for us all.

Give my respects to all the friends. I will now bring my letter to a close least I worry you. I hope to hear from you soon and if it is the will of the Lord I hope to see you all before long. I will come home as soon as I can. The good Lord take our case in his own hands and put down this rebellion and cleanse the hearts of all the people so that peace may be restored in our land so we may return to our homes and friends again. May the Lord take charge of you and give you grace to uphold and sustain you in all the trials and troubles that may come your way. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you all. Amen. So farewell for this time and perhaps forever.

John C. Hughes to wife and children

Hariet Hughes direct your letter to
John C. Highes Co I 33rd Mo Vol. to the care of Capt Tracy.

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