William Writes from Tullahoma

On July 6, 1863, Captain William Patterson wrote his mother from Tullahoma, Tennessee.  In his letter he notes that they have been assigned garrison duty in Tullahoma while the rest of the army is in the mountains fighting Confederate General Braxton Bragg’s rear guard. 

The letter goes on to say that the weather has been very bad and roads in extremely poor condition.  However, they have captured over 1000 prisoners, 600 wagons, and all the Rebel garrison and camp equipment.  The letter also notes that the Tennesseeans “are heartily disgusted with the war and want to go home and a grateful number are coming in every day.” 

The letter closes with a comment that because of the weather many of the men are sick.  He also notes that they are camped on grounds that the Rebels were camped on which makes the camp extremely dirty.  (Transcript of William Patterson Letter, July 6, 1863)

 

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