Title: Anderson, J. Patton to Etta A. Anderson – Oct. 5, 1863 – Chattanooga, TN
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Title: Anderson, J. Patton to Etta A. Anderson – Oct. 5, 1863 – Chattanooga, TN
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Language: English
Creator: Anderson, J. Patton
Baker, Christopher A. ( Transcriber )
Publication Date: 1863
Subject: Civil War
Spatial Coverage: North America -- Tennessee -- Chattanooga
North America -- United States of America -- Florida
North America -- United States of America -- Tennessee
North America -- United States of America
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Missionary Ridge near Chattanooga Tenn. Oct 5th 1863

Dear Et,
Dr. DuBose has gotten impatient to go home and I avail myself of his kindness to
write, and say that I am quite well. I can never be too thankful for all God's mercies to
me & mine. I do hope, by this time, our dear The has exhibited signs of complete
recovery. The doctors here insist that from his symptoms, there is but little of danger to
apprehend that he will gradually recover as he gains strength.
I send you enclosed $250 which is borrowed from my present months pay. You
must manage to make that take you home, somehow or other. I have no idea how much it
will take to defray your travelling expenses from Marietta to Monticello, but I suppose it
will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $150 to $200 dollars. I have, to some extent
gotten over my impatience for you to be at home, and am entirely content for you to
remain where you are till the wounded (Willie & Capt. May) can be taken along with
you. By the way, how in the world does Willie expect me to get the fine mare without an
order from him for her!! You only say "she is at the wagon yard of the Texas Rangers,
near Rome, GA." If he will send me a written order for her, on whoever has her in
possession so that I can get her, I will send any distance for her: But if I were to send
to the "wagon camp" of the Texas Rangers, with a verbal message for her, the person
having her in possession would give me a short answer for my pains.
You continue to worry yourself about Hindman, etc. Well, the fact is Hindman
was ordered by Genl. Bragg to attack the enemy in McLemore's Cove at daylight on the
morning of the 12th Sept. He did not do it but for one reason or other (perhaps good
reasons) delayed till about 3 p.m. and then it was too late The bird had flown. It now
turns out that if he had come up to time & made the attack at daylight as ordered, he
would have captured the whole ofNegley's Division (6,000 men) with a large train of
wagons and then there is no telling how much more of Rosecrans' Army would have
fallen an easy pray to our arms & most likely the whole of it would have been captured,
killed, or scattered, saving the bloodshed & battle of Chickamauga, etc. and preventing
any possibility of a concentration of the enemy's forces, etc. Genl. Bragg has suspended
Hindman from his command & preferred charges against him. Whether or not Hindman
will be able make a good excuse I do not know. And it is not for any one to determine
beforehand. So I am content to await the developments of the trial. On the morning of
the 20th at Chickamauga, Genl. Polk was ordered to attack at daylight and did not do it till
about 11 o'clock, loosing four or five hours of daylight, which if we had had, nothing
could have saved Rosecrans whole army from complete rout and capture! For that failure
Genl. Polk is also suspended & charges preferred against him. In his case too, we must
wait for the proof. I like Genl. P. personally very much and am inclined to think that Lt.
Genl. Hill is the true party to blame for the delay, but as he was under Genl. Polk on that
occasion, of course Genl. Bragg could only look to Genl. Polk as he was the man to
whom Genl. Bragg gave the order. Genl. Wood of the Ala has been compelled by his
Brigade to resign on account of his bad conduct on the field of battle. Forrest too is said
to be in arrest for disobedience of orders. I do not know certainly whether this is so or
not think it very likely that all of this will create a greater sensation at home than in the
army: The troops were never in better fighting trim Spirits excellent and confident of

their ability to cope successfully with Rosecrans on any field. I do not think there will be
a fright here. We will not attack the enemy in his entrenched position at Chattanooga -
the game is not worth the sacrifice it would cost. We will either flank him or he (if he
should be heavily reinforced) may attempt to flank us when Chickamauga will be
I have said that I was willing for you to remain at Marietta a short while longer -
to tell you the truth, my dear Et, without knowing how it may occur, yet I have a
lingering hope that by some chance or other, I may get to see you again before you go
back to Fla: I sometimes, when thinking about you, almost make up my mind to ask
Genl. Bragg to let me run down on one train& come back on the next. I would do it to a
certainty if it were not that we are in the face of the enemy. We will shell him
occasionally just to annoy him not with any hope of making him leave Chattanooga by
that means. Wheeler has gone to his rear, & we are in hourly expectation of hearing that
some of his communications have been cut. In this way he may be induced to fall back
towards Murfreesboro, where the forage & provisions are easier of access & his lines
shorter & more easily defended.
Give my love to Mother & all the Monroes & McLearys, etc. Kiss Willie & The
& Pat for me. A bushel of kisses for yourself. The fact is, Et, I believe every day of my
life, makes it more essential for me to be with you. I can't stand this thing of being
separated from you, half as well as I could five years ago: Another kiss from
Davidson sends five dollars to Alice for washing

Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.

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