"Tell Bob he ought to have been with us at Corinth. He thought he heard the cannons roar up in Tennessee, but he did not hear anything to what it was up at Corinth."
3 pages, 6 1/4 x 8, written in a bold and neat pencil hand by Sergeant B.J. Caldwell, Co. G, 2nd Mississippi Cavalry, to his wife.
Camp Near Salem, [Miss.], October the 16th, 1862
I again take my pencil in hand to drop you a few lines to let you hear from me again. I have no news to write on. Tom [is] well & doing very well. I was right sick last Saturday night & Sunday. I had a light chill Saturday night, but I think it was caused by getting wet Friday evening. We rode in the rain all evening & got very wet. Bob was sick yesterday but he is up today. The rest is well. Sally I received your kind letter sent by the Capt. & was very glad to hear from you & I would love to get another today for I study a good deal about home. Sally we are camped about 2 miles west of Salem, but I canít tell how long we will stay here nor where we will go to, but if the Yankees get down in our country I would love to come down there. Sally I wrote you a letter last week & sent it by mail, but it is uncertain whether you got it or not. I want you to have your corn gathered as soon as you can & if the army comes down there put your fattening hogs up & you must do what you all think best with Beck. You are all there & know how things is better than I do. Sally we have heard that the Yankees has got down to Tupelo & if they have I am afraid they will be all over the country & if they are I would like to come down there & help drive them back, but if they do come treat them as well as you can & if you have any meat or anything that they can take hide it out for that is the way the folks has had to do up here. Sally I am sorry to hear of the Cherry Creek Boys being tore up so bad, but I am in hopes it is not as bad as we heard it was, but I want you to write to me what has become of Ben for I canít hear nothing from him. Sally tell all of the old folks that I would write them a letter this evening if I had time, but it is time to commence getting supper & Mr. Shettels is going to start home in the morning & I want to send my letter by him. Tell Bob he ought to have been with us at Corinth. He thought he heard the cannons roar up in Tennessee, but he did not hear anything to what it was up at Corinth. Sam Campbell said he never heard the like. Give my love to all & be certain to write when ever you have the chance of sending a letter, Nothing more only I remain yours until death.
Written on the back panel is, "Mrs. Sarah B. Caldwell, Cherry Creek, Miss. By the politeness of Mr. Shettels."
Light age toning and wear with some scattered light staining. Typical misspelling and grammatical errors. Excellent content. Scarce.
The 2nd Mississippi Cavalry fought in the army corps of Price, Jackson, Van Dorn, Lee and N.B. Forrest, and in the armies of the Department of Mississippi & East Louisiana, Army of Tennessee, Department of the West, Army of Mississippi, and the Department of Alabama, Mississippi & East Louisiana. After skirmishing in Mississippi it saw action at Various conflicts in North Georgia and Alabama. Some of the men were captured in the fight at Selma, and only a remnant surrendered with the Department of Alabama, Mississippi and East Louisiana. The field officers were Colonels Edward Dillon and J.L. McCarty, Lieutenant Colonel James Gordon, and Majors J.L. Harris and John J. Perry.