Whispers Around the Campfire — June 18, 1861

Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

150 years ago the men of the 7th Tennessee wrote ...

Whispers Around the Campfire

A selection of writings from the men of the 7th Tennessee

June 18, 1861 – Camp Trousdale, Tennessee

Lt. Col. John Goodner wrote to Lizzie Floyd.

“…We are generally well, some measles in camp, not more than 100 cases this morning and one death yesterday from Capt. Murray’s Company…

Our Regt. is improving in the drill very fast…

I have so much to do in drilling and commanding and running to Nashville to get up the accoutrements for the Regt. that I scarcely have time to write…

I understand that you are getting us a Stand of Colors to be presented to our Company…

We are holding ourselves in readiness to march at any moment when called on, and I don’t care how soon…

I am anxious to confront the enemy on the battle front…

Another reason for moving is that our boys are importuning us continually to go home to see friends and we cannot let them go. So if we get 2 or 3 hundred miles away from home they will abandon the idea of going home…”

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