In this July 24, 1864 letter to his mother, William Patterson reports that he has moved to a boarding housed in Nashville and has been detailed to a General Court Martial board. The letter notes that he will likely remain in Nashville until his company is mustered out, which he expects to be mustered out by company since they were mustered in by company and not by regiment. He expects his company will be in Dayton by September 10th and that will be mustered out October 7th.
William notes that he received a letter from Robert who reported he was doing well, but lost five men from his company in fighting around Atlanta. He also reports that he received a letter from John the previous week who reported he was well and had not been in a fight yet — which William notes that if John gets into one, he will not want to get into another.