Sparta Tenn., Sept. 7th 1862
Today being Sunday & the men & animals tired form the toilsome march across
the mountains we rest: But will proceed tomorrow in the work of redeeming Tenn. and
Ky. Thus far everything has worked well. Kirby Smith's and Lee's successes with our
advance movement has caused Buell to "change his base." I believe he will fall back into
Ohio or Indiana.
I am quite well suffered some with my ear for two or three days after I left you,
but for the last forty eight hours, have not felt it at all. Indeed my general health has
improved. We have had no rain yet consequently the dust is very suffocating on the
march: but have reached a region of cornfields and clover patches & running water, all of
which rejoices the heart of both man & beast.
I believe all of our Monticello boys are well. I saw D. Williams yesterday: he has
stood the march finely. I write in great haste, at Col. Beard's board in the open air &
have no time to elaborate.
Kiss the dear boys Will, The & Pat. Much love to Aunt. I wish you & she were
here in this region somewhere. We meet no union people this side of the mountains.
Mrs. Patton Anderson
Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.