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Title:[Letter] 1846 June 14 [to] Mrs. William R. Caswell / William R. Caswell : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Caswell, William R.

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Date: June 14, 1846
Extent: 4p
Summary:This document is letter dated June 14, 1846 from William R. Caswell to his wife in Jefferson County, Tennessee. Caswell writes that he is marching his troops to Memphis where they will go to Mexico to fight in the Mexican-American War.
Collection:William R. Caswell Papers
Box:MS-18, b1

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In Camp Isabella , 6 miles from Washington. Rhea County 14th June 1846
My Dear Wife

I wrote to you a few lines from Campbell Station .— The next day we came to Kingston , and a few miles before we reached there, we were exposed to a rain, which drenched us thoroughly, and drooped our feathers— we had a rough time of it and [gap] comfortable night; on yesturday [yesterday] we came about 18 miles, and were greeted with another shower nothing remarkable occurred; at Kingston, my men being very wet, could not be kept from taking too much of what they called the "Rye—O"— James Brazelton , took his full share, I expect he is to be very much trouble, but I will try every kind means to keep him from dissipation, and if I cannot succeed thus I will exercise my authority— which as Captain is more absolute than I could desire— There are others in my company, worse than James. And I have [added: already] been under the necessity of sending a Sergeant with a file of men, to bring several [unclear: soldiers ] into camps, and put them under guard— I have had no other difficulty, except on account of intoxication, that is to keep my men from drinking too much spirits—

I have lost a pair of of my Mackinaw Blankets, but I still hope to find them in the camp of the Claiborne Blues or of Waterhouse . We have left the Claiborne Blues 6 miles behind to-night [tonight]— we were in a very hard rain this morning & they stoped [stopped] at a camp ground, we swam across a creek and came on to this a beautiful encampment which you will see we have named Isabella for miss

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Isabella White , who is my 1st Lieutenants sweet heart.

I need not write you the particulars of our proceedings at Knoxville , for Ann will give you the particulars if she has not already done so— We have attracted the attention of every person in reach of the road;— I cannot tell you what route we shall go to Memphis To-morrow [tomorrow] I shall start my baggage waggon [wagon], across the Sequache Valley , where I shall encamp to-morrow [tomorrow] night, but I will march my company some 3 or 4 miles out of the way by Washington to meet with Waterhouse' company— The company can march 25 or 30 miles a day but the waggon [wagon] cannot travel more than 18 or 20 miles— Thus far we have had very unfavorable weather upon the outset of the campaign, but I have done very well, and begin to get used to it, for notwithstanding the rains, I sleep sound at night and have escaped colds so far—

My company were paid $25.— each to buy clothing— I was responsible for their uniforms, and some other purchases, & I got the money from the bank ($2,570.)— I have not paid off all the men yet, but there will not be enough left for me to get my full share which is $120—.

I am very anxious to hear from you— Not a word have I heard from you since I left— Be sure to make Eliza write; I cannot tell where to write to, now, unless, at [added: to] McMinnville , but you will probably see from the "standard" what route we will travel to Memphis — and by making a calculation, you can guess where to write— George Gillespie is going with us to Memphis & he is going to Nashville , & there get instructions what route we shall travel—

Your Affectionate husband
Wm.R. [William Richard] Caswell —

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I have read over the foregoing letter, and feel that I ought to apologise [apologize] for so poor a letter— The men calling every few minutes to know what they must do about their horses— their provisions &c, &c [et cetera, et cetera] and thus I have my hands full—yrs [yours] affectionately


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Washington Tn [Tennessee]June 16, 1846}
Mrs. Wm.R. [William Richard] Caswell Russelville Jefferson County Ten [Tennessee]

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