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29 April 1864


Camp Blue Springs, Tennessee
April 29, [1864]

Dear Mother,

It is with great pleasure that I sit down to write you a few lines to let you know how I am getting along. I am well and I hope these few lines will find you enjoying the same great blessing. The boys in our battery are all well. It is very healthy in this part of the country. The trees are all leafed out and most of the fruit trees are in full bloom and the weather is quite warm. I hope that the health of the army may continue healthful during our short stay here in the service which will be only 2 years and about 8 months. That is only a short time when our country needs us as bad as they do now.

You wanted to know if I had heard from Father. I have not heard from him since I have been in the service. Henry Sweet got a letter from his father the other day. Father and Sweet are at Martinsburg yet. The most of the regiment have gone to some other point, not known to them. They are in a private house in town. They eat and lodge together. They will stay there until further orders. I hope they may stay there until discharged for they are too old for service. They are usually well.

I got a letter from Ben. He is at Bridgeport. He says he will try and get a pass and come here and see me. I hope he will for I would like to see him first rate. Give my respects to Mrs. Sweet. Tell her Henry is well and in good spirits.

Did you have hay enough to carry the colt and cow through without buying more? Mother, I want you to go and see Mrs. Sweet often for I know she will be glad to have you come. She will be so lonesome. You can visit backwards and forwards and in that you can pass away many a weary lonesome hour. Give my respects to all of my enquiring friends if I have any and I think I have a few.

I must tell you of an incident that happened yesterday. There was two men marched through camp with their heads shaved and a board on their back with the word “Coward” painted on it. They were drummed out of camp at the point of the bayonet.

Sweet and me bunk, eat, and drink together. We have fine times. We have got a splendid camp here now. We have made shades over our tents with pine boughs. It is very nice.

I want you to tell Ed to write to me as soon as he can. I think I shall have to close for this time on account of not knowing any more to write. Write as soon as you get this. Do not delay. Give my respects to all but reserve a good share for yourself. I must now close by bidding you goodbye for this time. Direct as before and believe me ever your true son and friend, — Henry C. Edy

To Mrs. P. B. Edy, West Springfield, Erie, Co. Pa.

Write soon.

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