Union soldier writes about whippin Hood (Nov 20, 1864)

Pulaski, Tenn. / November 20th 1864

reads in part,

An old ‘darky’ in ‘Alabam’ said (one day as we were passing a plantation where about ‘five thousand’ were congregated along the road side – one of the boys asked him what he thought of the music (our band was playing) – his answer was ‘dunno, sah, but pears like tis getting mity glorious Shuah’ – it pears like the election news from Sherman,’ begin to make things look ‘mity glorious’ for the Union cause. As the particulars are brought out – the frauds on the part of the copperheads – their total everlasting defeat, it surely is encouraging to all at least sanguine can take hope the end is nigh.

Since the 4th of last month [Oct 4th] we have marched on foot about 300 miles – rode on the cars from Dalton, Ga. to down 40 miles south of Nashville from where we marched to this place making a distance of 15 miles from Nashville south. Hood with his rebel troops is supposed to be on the southern shore of the Tenn. River making an attempt to get into East Tenn. I hardly think he will win for we have the army of the Cumberland and Ohio here to whip him in case he wishes to fight or make a forward movement”

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Found on Nate Sanders auction site 12/24/06 Lot #2201 Item#20975

Notes:

  • Soldier’s identity not yet determined
  • Says that since the 4th of “last month” (probably October) his regiment has marched 300 miles.
  • Timing of letter (i.e., October 4th 1864) starts the Nashville-Atlanta Campaign: Allatoona (Oct5), Decatur (Oct 26-29), and Johnsonville (Nov 4-5).
  • Mentions defeat of the Copperheads in 1864 general election, refers to Sherman.
  • Talks about how John Bell Hood’s interest if for East Tennesse.
  • Says the Army of the Ohio and Cumberland are ready to whip Hood if he goes after Tennessee.
  • This letter is written just ten days before the Battle of Franklin

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