Yours of the 27th Sept. came to hand this morning & relieved my mind of much anxiety about Frankie. I hope he may soon recover. Consult Dr. Heermans about your bringing him down here. I believe it will prove to be very beneficial especially if his lungs remain weak for a long time. The climate here is very much milder than at the North; though for the latitude it is at present very cold & bids fair for a healthy season. Continue reading →
The music you sent me arrived this morning with your letter of the 24th inst., & one from Bro. Johnie which you will find enclosed. I will write to Mother [Murphy] immediately & tell her that he is safe & well. Continue reading →
I recd. a letter from you on my return yesterday from Stevenson & looked for another this morning but was disappointed. I am happy to know that you continue to enjoy such good health. You wrote upon the eve of Frankie’s first birthday, I doubt not, as your letter intimates you have upon reflection found the past year full of trial, care & trouble. Continue reading →
Yours of Aug. 27 & 28 I received tonight, also one from Bro Jonnie. I am so much disappointed to hear that there is so little prospect of your getting home I cannot give it up yet perhaps something will turn up in our favor Is there any difficulty now about ladies getting passes at Louisville. You have not told me if the women of the 129th went home or to Nashville, I am very glad to know that Mrs Smith is so far recovered as to be able to travel Do they hope for her entire recovery? Father is very poorly tonight, has suffered intensely all day. The Dr. told Jennie that with the fall of the leaves he would probably pass away, though he might live much longer. Continue reading →
About a week ago I received from you, through J.P. Lathrop and the mail, a bundle of papers, for which I am very thankful. This is the first opportunity I have had of writing you since the receipt of the papers, as we have been in very active service in the field, away from our baggage. Rosecrans has been driven back to this place. Our Brig. participated in the battle of Sunday last. It was severe during the afternoon: we lost 14 men. I am well.
Yours in haste
W J Murphy
Battery “M” 1st Ill. Arty.
2d Brig. 1st Div. R. C.
Yours of the 18th & 19th came to hand to-day. I am truly happy to hear that you & Frankie enjoy such good health. I wrote a long letter to you night before last, but forgot to tell you to draw on Remick whenever you are in need of money. There is at least $30 in his hands & should be $60 or $70. I will inform you of the Amount as soon as I learn. Should it fall short of your necessities, write to me; I have made arrangements here to borrow if I need it. Continue reading →
We are notified to be prepared for marching orders, an indication at least that we will soon leave here, & though we have no definite idea of where we are going, yet, as the whole Brigade is to move, we anticipate being sent to the front. As I shall probably be on duty to-morrow & not have another opportunity, I wish to-night to give you a full understanding of our business affairs at home. Our communication will be necessarily less frequent & should we cross the Tennessee River, it will doubtless be very irregular. I have often thought that I should have embraced the opportunity while we were to-gether to make you fully acquainted with all our affairs, yet [I] postponed [it] from time to time until it was entirely neglected. Continue reading →
Yours of the 11th inst. came to hand this morning, also a catalogue & 3 [news]papers for which I am much obliged. I recd. the Philad. Ledger a few days ago.
I know exactly where you are, as I boarded nearly a year at Mrs. McGary’s in that same house. Please remember me to them kindly; I am indebted to them for many favors. Are the girls married yet? I have not seen or heard of any of them for years. Continue reading →
I attempted to write to you to-day but signally failed, yet, for fear that opportunity might not be given to-night, I sent the few lines I had written. It is seldom that I find myself in no state of mind to write, but it so happened. I can explain in a few words. While on duty last night, Corp. J. M. Chritten was taken suddenly ill, & I sent a messenger for the Dr. & an ambulance, but Dr. Johns refused to allow either, & Chritten lay all night in an old shed. I felt angry, &, when I came in this morning, made a written statement to the Col. [Case], &, for myself, I must confess I was not in any mood for writing. Continue reading →