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The Hugh Johnson Civil War Letters

Pittsburgh Landing Tenn April 28th/62 Dear & beloved wife I take my pencil to inform you that I am in the enjoyment of good health & I hope god in his rich mercy has granted the Same to you & the children for which we ought to be thankful & pray for the Continued of the Same[.] your kind letter of the 13th Came to hand 2 days ago when we were at Cairo & I read it with pleasure[.] I am always thankful for Sech favors[.] I wrote to you from Oceola Ark 1 week ago & to day we are some 350 or 400 miles from there by river[.] the map will Show the distance by land[.] we have been 10 days on the boat & I have slept on the upper deck every night[.] it has rained 4 days[.] it is clear & warm to day & the woods is green like June in Iowa[.] we landed here this morning[.] there has been some hard fighting here[.] I have no means of knowing the number of our troops here [.] rumor says Buregard has 130 thousand Secesh troops between here & Corinth. Lieut Foster & 30 men were fired at[.] they were on a Scout some 6 miles from here[.] we expect warm work here before many days & we know not who may fall in battle. our Co is all here[.] A Crawford &J McComb are both writing home now[.] well I have little news to write as you get the news of the war Sooner than we do[.] we All hope it will soon be closed that we may be able to return to loved ones at home[.] try & get along as well as you Can in my absence[.] I hiope the day will Soon Come that we will meet to part no more in life[.] it is 6 months since I was at home[.] it appears an age to me. Dear Cassy write often & i will write when I Can[.] I can not cary paper with me when we are on a march as my knapsack is boxed up & paper & pen & ink in it[.] I always keep on hand if I can get at it[.] this what you Sent me in your last[.] well my respects to you all with my love[.] take wire [?] no more[.] yours with respect while life Shal last[.] Adieu H Johnson Dear Son your letter was red & read witrh pleasure[.] write again & often[.] I have nothing to write as I know not what you are doing at home[.] take good Care of your mother & the Children & you will have your reward in life & eternity[.] no more[.] your pa[.] H Johnson
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May 3, 1862 Camp before Corinth Miss, Popes Div, Elliots Brigade


HUGH JOHNSON entered the 2nd Iowa Cavalry, Company M from Andrew, Iowa. He left the family behind on the farm...his wife Catherine (Cassy) and four children. The oldest son, John, was but 12 years of age when his father went off to war. A fifth child, Hugh Elliot, was born approximately eight months after he left.. This child lived little more than a year. The constantly hoped for furlough that Hugh wished for was never granted, and he was killed on February 2, 1864, just north of West Point, MS. He was initially buried on the James Randall plantation, and later his body was transferred to the National Cemetery at Corinth.

Hugh Johnson Turnbull

Hugh Johnson letters reprinted by permission of Hugh Johnson Turnbull from electronic, transcribed copies
submitted to Milton Sandy, Jr. April 1996

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