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The Hugh Johnson Civil War Letters

Camp near Rienza Miss July 23d 1862 Dear & beloved wife it is with pleasure I sit down to hold converse[?] with you in the first place[.] I am well thanks to God for his blessings bestowed on us poor Sinful Cretures[.] you letter of the 7th was received & answered in due time[.] it gives me pleasure to get a letter from home[.] we are glad when the mail Comes in & expect a letter from loved ones at home. I wish you would write often to me & let me know the news & how you get along with your charge[.] Well Cassy we are lying in Camp doing nothing but Scouting & guard duty[.] we are on the advance & has been for 4 weeks[.] we have a pretty hard time of it but not as hard as I looked for in the army[.] we have plenty to eat & plenty exercise to keep us healthy[.] there was but 2 in our Co. this morning but is able for duty & they were able to walk to the doctors for madacine[.] we have 5 in hospitals at Keokuk & St Louis[.] our Co is on picket to day & I am in camp taking Care of the provision[.] it is warm here now[.] John Mc went out with the Co this morning[.] John is getting fat[.] A Crawford is out on picket to day[.] he is about the Same as usual[.] I am a little lazy[.] Some times the piles troubles me & I get bilious, that I am not on duty all the time but my place is in Camp[.] that is not so hard on me[.] we hear that Capt McConnel got 20 days more to Stay in Jackson Co[.] I wish I could get home to See you all once more[.] when it will be I know not but I hope it may be Soon[.] well my love[,] try & get along[.] keep good heart & trust in God & pray that we may meet Soon in life[.] I now nothing of the movement of the army but by rumor[.] well Cassy write often & I will write when I can[.] give my respects to the neighbors & to enqurring friends[.] my love to you & the children[.] Send me a few postage Stamps as they are hard to get here[.] may God bless you all is the fervant prayer of you husband[.] no more[.] Adieu H Johnson well John a line to you[.] I am well[.] write & let me know how you get along at home[,] how your crops look & how times is[.] also try to take good care of your mother[,] yourself & the children. I will not be at home to help you with the hearvest[.] try & get plenty of hay for the beasts[.] no more[.] your father to Death[.] H Johnson
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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
hturnbul@lane.k12.or.us
1-541-895-4571

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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