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Bailey, Cosmo O. to his Mother - Camp near Knoxville, Tenn. - Dec. 21, 1861 - Transcript

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Camp near Knoxville, Dec. 21st, 1861


Dear Mother
I received your letter by the Captain yesterday. His boxes arrived this evening. They
were detayed [delayed?] at Dalton and he came on and left them. Capt. York [Henry F.
York, Company A, 7th Florida] stayed and came on with them this evening. My things
arrived all safe. I was very glad to get the syrup. I eat [ate] some for supper and it
reminded me very much of home. I was also glad to get the vest and pants & candy.
George Sparkman starts back tomorrow or next day. I will send this letter by him. This
is sunday night. Last Thursday night the regiment was ordered up town in a great hurry.
I did not go with it. I did not feel very well that night and my heel was skinned on the
last day's march from the gap and has not got [gotten] well yet. It got nearly well and
then got worse again, and also I did not expect they would do much up town but it turned
out more serious than I expected, for they were wanted to go after some North Carolina
conscripts who had left that night without leave or liscence [license?] to go and spend
christmas at home, as they said. Gen. Davis ordered our boys to follow them into North
Carolina of [to] catch them and they have not returned yet. It seems the conscripts were
ordered to big Creek gap [Big Creek Gap] and had three days rations cooked up. They
left about dark, and the order came over here for us about 10 o'clock. There was
between 2 and 300 of them. The 1st and 7th only are after them. They sent 2 of them
back last night which were captured, but they were sick I betieve [believe]. I have heard
that the highest officer who went was an orderly sergeant. They have been camped here
all summer with nothing to do but guard the town and just as Soon as they were ordered
off they must go and desert. I hope they may be caught and be punished severely. They
richly deserve it. I don't know when our boys will be back but in a few days I expect. I
think I will spend rather a dull Christmas this winter.

Dec. 22.
I wrote this much last nigh. I will now finish it. The regiment returned this morning.
They did not catch the conscripts. They were too far ahead. They got eight however
who were sick. They went about 30 miles. When Tom Turner comes back please send
me a good deal of red pepper. It is a great thing in camps. The other you send me did
not last very long. The Capt. [captain] wants to send a sack of flour home in my trunk
and I have let him have it. I don't have much use for it here and when we move I would
have to leave it. Good bye. Write Soon.

Your Affectionate Son
C.O. Bailey [Cosmo O. Bailey]

I am also much obliged to you for the stamps.

Item 49865. Transcribed by Nicole Milano, University of Florida, 2008.




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Camp near Knoxville, Dec. 21st, 1861 Dear Mother I received your letter by the Captain yesterday. His boxes arrived this evening. They were detayed [delayed?] at Dalton and he cam e on and left them. Capt. York [Henry F. York, Company A, 7th Florida] stayed and came on with them this evening. My things arrived all safe. I was very glad to get the syrup. I eat [ate] some for supper and it reminded me very much of home. I was also glad to get the vest and pants & candy. George Sparkman starts back tomorrow or next day. I will send this letter by him. This is sunday night. Last Thursday night the re giment was ordered up town in a great hurry. I did not go with it. I did not feel very well that night a nd my heel was skinned on the last days march from the gap and has not got [gotten] well yet. It got nearly well and then got worse again, and also I did not expe ct they would do much up town but it turned out more serious than I expected, for they were wanted to go after some North Carolina conscripts who had left that night without leave or liscence [license?] to go and spend christmas at home, as they said. Gen. Davi s ordered our boys to follow them into North Carolina of [to] catch them and they have not returned yet. It seems the conscripts were ordered to big Creek gap [Big Creek Gap] and had three days rations cooked up. They left about dark, and the order came over here for us about 10 oclock. There was between 2 and 300 of them. The 1st and 7th only are after them. They sent 2 of them back last night which were captured, but they we re sick I betieve [believe]. I have heard that the highest officer who went was an orde rly sergeant. They have been camped here all summer with nothing to do but guard the to wn and just as Soon as they were ordered off they must go and desert. I hope they may be caught and be punished severely. They richly deserve it. I dont know when our boys w ill be back but in a few days I expect. I think I will spend rather a dull Christmas this winter. Dec. 22. I wrote this much last nigh. I will now finish it. The regiment returned this morning. They did not catch the conscripts. They we re too far ahead. They got eight however who were sick. They went about 30 miles. When Tom Turner comes back please send me a good deal of red pepper. It is a great thing in camps. The other you send me did not last very long. The Capt. [captain] want s to send a sack of flour home in my trunk and I have let him have it. I dont have much use for it here and when we move I would have to leave it. Good bye. Write Soon. Your Affectionate Son C.O. Bailey [Cosmo O. Bailey] I am also much obliged to you for the stamps. Item 49865. Transcribed by Nicole M ilano, University of Florida, 2008.