[Letter] 1846 Jul. 22 [to] Benjamin McCulloch / William R. Caswell : a machine readable transcription of an image
Caswell, William R.
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July 22, 1846
This document is a letter dated July 22, 1846 from Captain William Caswell to his father, Benjamin McCulloch of Murfreesboro Tennessee. Caswell wrote from aboard the Steamship Champion on his wait to fight as one of the Tennessee volunteers in the Mexican-American War.
When I left Knoxville, I fully intended to come thro [through] Murfreesboro & expected then to march my company thro [through] there, but I could not, & regretted it very much. Upon our arrival at Memphis, the election of field officers took place in a few days & I was so simple as to be a candidate for Lieut. Col. [Lieutenant Colonel] against what I am persuad [persuade] was a combination— I have been repeatedly told since, that if the election had been delayed ten days I could have beat any man in the regiment for Col. Comdt. [Colonel Commandment] this may however have been flattery— The command of a Captain is the prettiest command in the Army— but I have been persuaded to leave my company, and act as Aid to Genl. [General] Pillow with the privilege of rejoining my company upon the Rio Grande, when they shall reach there, but to reach there they will have a toilsome march of three months— I have a comfortable situation— I left my company this morning & am now on board this boat, in company with Genl [General]. Pillow & Genl. [General] Butler of Ky. [Kentucky] we will make no longer stay in Orleans than we can procure a conveyance to Point Isabel, unless some of the Tennessee volunteers, should still be there, & we should be delayed, in procuring transportation for them.
two or three months longer in camps, I believe I should have recovered of the dispersion but in the Generals Staff, I am tempted with all the luxuries of good eating— I have met with no acquaintance in the army yet from Rutherford except George McKnight, who is a jovial fellow & had become very intimate with me & particularly so with my 1st Lieutenant. Give my love to Ma & all the family Tell Ben & Phil and Mr. Hord to write to me, to Matamoras — " Captain— Tennessee Cavalry."