Tennessee Valor — Writing Update: December 13, 2011

Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

The 7th Tennessee lost 2 wagons and 7 wounded soldiers at Greencastle, PA on July 5, 1863.

Tennessee Valor – Writing Update

I have just completed rewriting and editing chapter 10, with but two chapters to go before this draft is complete. Presently, the manuscript is about 75,000 words (220 pages) with about 25,000 to go. I remain on schedule to have this draft completed by the end of 2011.

I wish to thank Sue Goodwin for graciously sending me letters written by her ancestor who served with the 7th Tennessee — Pvt. Thomas Capehart (Co. K).

Thomas Capehart wrote an incredibly emotional letter in the winter of 1863-64. Here are parts of a letter written to his mother on November 27, 1863:

“… write to me as often as you can. I can’t wait to hear from you all … I would like to see you all and be with you to night but I will have to wait awhile yet…”

“… Tell little Hatton [his 2-year-old son, named after the regiment’s colonel, Robert Hatton] he must be a good boy till I come home …”

“… ask him [little Hatton] if he has forgotten me…”

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