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Liberty Warner Papers: Transcripts - MS 624
New Albany, [Ind.]
Jan 31, 1863
I received your kind letter of the 28th last night and I was verry glad to hear from once more. It is the first I have received for two months or more. I was verry sorry to hear that Mary was unwell and I hope that she will soon be better. I am getting along finely, my wound is nearly well, also the mumps that I had mixed in. I have a very comfortable place here, plenty to eat, to wear, and good lodging. The eating part is the most essential with us soldiers. I cannot tell why we have not had a furlough given us. Soldiers matters are so newmerous that only few of them are propperly attended to. I do [not] know whether our parolle will be recognized or not. The rebbels were in such a hurry that they did not parolle us, but had the officers in charge (swear) take oath that they would have it propperly attend to.
We were glad to get off with our boat anyway. They burnt three steamboats right under our noses. I tell you it made the Yankey blood boil to see it. Just to see the land pirates running over the boat and stealing what they could lay their hands on. If we had any furloughs we would have free transportation. Elliott write, girls write, all all write.
Elliott, go to Mrs. Currys and see if there is not a shotgun there for me. Curry sent it in his box. The barrells are an English twist about 2 feet long. See pg. 4 [DRAWING]
I want to see you all very much, but I have to content myself and live in hope. I often think of you. Each member of the family rises before my eyes (and little Hattie with the rest.)
Oh, the scenes of blood that I have seen. I wish that they could cease, not that I fear it, but it so hardens a person, a dead man seems no more than a dead sheep or a log of wood.
I sent home a treasury note some six weeks ago or more, but not haveing any stamps I put it on soldiers letter. If you did not get, it is in the dead letter office. The money is not lost if the note is. The agent has a corresponding paper or note. (It was sent from near Nashville).
Liberty P. Warner
The barrell has two little dents
near the muzzle made in cutting it
off. Also 2 keys to hold the stock
to the barrells.
The punch in my pate
[New Albany, Ind.
Hospital no. 6
Early Feb., 1863]
O, that letter of last nights sent me to bed to dream of home. It was a very pleasant supper to go to rest on. The bed I have just got up from this morning is a bunk with a straw tick covered with 3 double blankets. It is as good a bed as I could ask for. I breakfasted on breat, milk, and rice, with plenty of sugar on the latter.
Well, mother, those rebs did would not rob me. If they had, it not have been much. They might have taken my overcoat or my cap, but they did not. I found out that those who were spunky and talked right up to them got along the best. It did not take them long to steal all of our provition. I have plenty of clothes to keep me warm and expect a chance to draw more before long.
I suppose that the box the Tontogany people sent to the company came to it since the battle. I have seen nothing of the same. I do not know of anything you could send me without it be a postage stamp. I have but one left.
Mother need not be afraid that I shall think she asks to many questions. The more the better. I was verry glad that Pa let me know all about the stock. I love to hear how all hands are comeing on, from the horses to the biddies. I wunder if old Spot can kick as well as ever, or if that was forgotten when his tormenters left. Well, I suppose the stock on the farm are growing nisely. I should love to see them and take a stroole over the farm & note the changes.
I should like to take another lesson in farming. It would go hard at first, but I would come to it in the end. In my travels and marches I have seen all kinds of land, but suits me better than our own.
I have not raised that mustache yet that I was greasing and coaxing to come out. It appears to be just as smooth there as when I was a yearling. They are not all braves who sport mustaches. For instance, there was a verry large pair owned in our company. About the time the lead and iron began to fly, a pair of legs carried those mustaches towards Nashville with a velosity that was remarkable. (He was not a Tontogany boy).
I wrote you a few lines day before yesterday. I was in a great sputter to get a letter. Last night it came.
Write as soon as you get this and we will keep up conversation in spite of the miles between us.
Son & brother
New Albany, Hospital no.6
Feb 8, 1863
Dear friends at home,
I am still at the old place and ready to go back to the Regiment againe as soon as discharged from Wheeler's Brigade (that is the name the boys have given to those who were captured by Wheeler)
My wound is all healed up, but a small spot which is scabed over. The Dr. was saying he thought chances would be given all wounded men to get home. How soon he did not know.
I wrote you a letter and sent as soon as I got yours of 28th. I have as yet received no answer. Please write letters often while I can get them so fresh from home, because I may go to the Regt. at any time, where it is a miracle to get anything from home in less than 15 or 20, 30 days.
Write soon and let me have all the news. Anything from home is news to me.
It would just suit me to steal in on to you unawares and give you a surprise. It might come around, so you know.
Liberty P. Warner
Feb 10, 1863
I have just received a magnificent sheet from home. It was just the kind to suit a soldier who has not seen home for a long time. All the fault I have to find is that the girls did not have anything to say. Now, I tell you what it is I want both of you girls, you Eliza and you Mary, to write some in the next letter. Those are strict orders and must be obeyed. It would frigten you very much if I was to get a corporal and a file of men after you, so beware of the guardhouse, girls. Lib, as the boys call him, is not quite the petulant boy you used to have about home, if I do say it. So you need not be afraid to write to me. Elliot little bits are delicious. Give us a good epistle next time, I mean a longer one. Let me know what is going on all over the farm. I suppose you have some good times. Le me know everything that is going on. How does old dog flurish, fond of souse as ever. I suppose he would say bow-wow to the blue jackets. I suppose I have streched up some since I saw you and I am probly some heavier. While we were at Nashville I did at one time manage to tremble the scale on 160. I suppose I am about 155 now. I don't pretend to be as muscular as I was at home, but my constitution is good and I am never sick.
Now I will tell you how I got that gun I sent you while we at Elk R. We went out to a leading sesesher plantation of about 150 nigs strong, for the purpose of seeing if he had any horses on his premises that belonged to Scotts rebbel cavelry. In the meantime, the Liut went in to the house and got this gun, which had been left there by Scott's men. It was loaded for Yankees when we got it. It had 21 buckshotts in each barrel and behind them a plentiful charge of powder. At another time I captured a gun, which I changed for this and it delivered at Tontogany. You see the gun cost me nothing. If the sesesh at home conclude to kick up a row, you will have to gather up the old guns and charge on them. The old 21 know how to that. If you could have seen them you would have said so. I remember when we were by a fence, the rebs came up 2 or 3 colums deep, screaching and yelping like nigger hounds. We rested our guns across the fense & made them yell another tune. I was as cool as a cucumber and took steady aim at the cloud of flash and smoke. I beleive some of my lead same near enough for them to hear it whistle, if nothing farther.
Good night, more in the morning
March 27, 1863
Dear friends at home,
We are all well and hearty as any one could ask to be. We are at the old camp and have nothing to do but drill and stand picket & camp guard.
(Seven days later)
Since the above was written we have changed our camp and we have been ditching and putting our new grounds in order. We were out on review a few days ago. Gen. Rosecrans & 6 or 7 other major generals rode along our lines. The old General gallantly raised his hat to each regiment as they presented arms. He told Col. Neibling we must have Stones River printed on our colors, for we had as good a right to it as any regiment. The Col. says we must have Iva Creek, Levergne & Stones R all printed on our flag. We have been in no fight a bravly. You must never believe anything untill you see it. I don't believe anything nowadays. Reports are all gratis and are consequently too cheep to be good for anything. Report in camp circulation says the 2nd and 3rd divisions will garrison this place. (We are in the 2nd division)
I received those three letters and several papers since I came back, also a lot of old dated letters. The papers are very exceptable pass-time reading. News boys are in camp every morning with Nashville, Louisville, and Cincinnatti papers.
We can not get any furlough yet. If there is chances given, I will come home on furlough as soon as it comes by turn, several are ahead of me.
P.S. I know nothing of those rails you spoke of.
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