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Camp near Nashville, Tenn. Feb. 22 '63
Yours of the 18th ult. is at hand, having been forwarded from Somersville, Va; and I will have to answer it in brief to=night, as we are under marching orders for to=morrow morning at 3.30, and I do not know when I shall have an opportunity of writing again. Our destination is unknown to your humble servant. I do not know of any regiment in the service which has been moved about quite as much as the "Gipsies," as Genl Wise used to call us. -- I am glad to hear that you are having good times in old Southampton. Do not imagine that the toils and privations of a soldier's life have made such a misanthrope of me that hearing of those good things you describe would cause "hard thoughts." As far as wishing myself out of the army is concerned I have wished it long ago, but shall only get out honorably -- either an honorable discharge or death.
Give my "Best" to all the friends and especially remember me to "Katie darling." How I wish that instead of lying down tonight with my cold and bony masculine bedfellow, and being bothered by those parasites which even poor soldiers have, I could have the pleasure of folding-a -- what in the D -- l was I going to say? The tattoo has just commenced to beat, and I must close as taps will beat in 15 minutes for "lights out".
Your old friend
Co. "E" 11th Reg. O.V.I.
Via Cincinnati Ohio
P.S. I think our destination is Cumberland Ford, Kentucky. D.R.P.S.
P.P.S.- Carthage, Tenn. Feb. 28, 1863 We are here. Direct your letter via Galatin, [ Ky] Tenn.
- David Shoemaker