Absolom A. Harrison's Civil War Letter #8

Wartrace
( No date given )

Dear Wife,

I take my pin in hand to inform you that I am well at present and hope these few lines may find you all enjoying the same blessing. We left our camp near Nashville last Tuesday the 10th and arrived at this place on Friday last. We are now on the Tennessee River about 50 miles south of Nashville. We are now pretty close to some of the enemy. They have got about two thousand men here in 12 or 15 miles. Their scouts have been right up to our camp. We have taken about a dozen of them prisoners. There was a fight here a few days before we come here between the rebels and a regiment in which the rebels got badly whipped. We have been expecting a fight ever since we have been here. We have had alarms several times since we have been here and you ought to see the men get out of their tents in double quick and grasp their guns for a fight. There is a good many Union men down here but they are almost afraid to own it yet for fear they will suffer for it when we leave. There was several of them hung around here by the rebel troops. It has been raining here for 4 days. A very cold rain. The quartermaster and myself and two others have taken possession of a store house to stay in and we have got a nice place. But the others have an awful place in the tents for the mud is 4 inches deep in there. This place is situated on the Nashville and Chattanooga railroad and it is made up of a depot, 2 taverns, 3 stores, a blacksmith shop and about 12 or 15 dwellings. It is a right pretty place and is situated in a rich country. You must write as often as you can. I rec'd one letter from you while we were at Nashville. It is the only one I have rec'd since we left Bardstown. It is a great treat to hear from you and the children and rest of the folks. Although I know you have a bad chance to mail your letters. But you must write when you can and I will do the same. You must kiss the children for me and tell father & mother and the children I would be glad to see all of them. Tell Eliza that I will bring her a beau for writing to me. You must manage the best you can until I get back and if I should not get back pray for the Lord to guide and direct you through your troubles and have mercy on you is my humble prayer. So nothing more at present but remain your affectionate husband until death.

A. A. Harrison

P.S. Jo is well and Billy Atcher has got well and over taken again.

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