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Ben Edmonston to "My Dear father and mother," June 25, 1863, page 1

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  • Cumberland Gap June 25th 1863 My Dear father & Mother I seat myself today to Answer your very kind letter of date 15 th which came to hand last night. I was exceeamgly glad to hear from you, as a kind letter from Any friend in this dreary region is regarded as a treat but to rec ieve a letter from the old homestead from the kind parents of my childhood. & my more more advanced age, is a treat worthy of lasting memory. I was much pleased to hear that you were Still in the Land of the Living. though truly sorry to hear that you were Suffering with Rheumatism. for I am well prepared to Sympathize with any one in such a condition these mortal limbs of mine are continual sufferers from its dreadful effects. I am truly sorry for the declining Sight of your eye, but hope it will soon be Restored. Father, you labor too hard, do take more rest, as it is Indespensable to your well being in your declining days. The Boys have all pretty well recovered from their shock. Except John Cooper. who was sent to the Hospital at Knoxville. I dont know how he is but hope he is improoving. Thom is in a very delic ate situation. he has had a very heavy seat of cold on his lungs for more than a month, but is still able to go about. The Col ordered him not to go on duty another time. and said that If he had have known his situation he would have had him discharged long ago. The Col told me this morning to have the Dr to Examine him to day or tomorrow which I will do If it does not rain too hard. Thom is a bout one half mile from here. I have not seen him for two days. Thom would I have had his certificate of Discharge from the Dr before this had not Dr Rogers took down sick. he Examined him once and said he would Examine him the next day but was not able. Our surgeon is now in and I will have him Examined to day or tomorrow and will use my influence to get him off. I know of no news reliable. The Yanks made a raid into East Tenn last week, and burned the Depot at Lenoirs Station below Knoxville and burned the Bridges at, Strawberry Plains, Mopey creek & flat Creek. The Extent of the damage I dont know. they made their Escape. what damage we done them I dont know. I could give you the rumors but they may not be correct. Therefore I withold them. I would
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  • In a letter of June 25, 1863, Ben Edmonston writes to his parents describing conditions and reporting on the illness and possible discharge of his brother. He also dscribes a recent Union raid in eastern Tennessee that destroyed railroad bridges and stations.
  • Cumberland Gap June 25th 1863 My Dear father & Mother I seat myself today to Answer your very kind letter of date 15 th which came to hand last night. I was exceeamgly glad to hear from you, as a kind letter from Any friend in this dreary region is regarded as a treat but to rec ieve a letter from the old homestead from the kind parents of my childhood. & my more more advanced age, is a treat worthy of lasting memory. I was much pleased to hear that you were Still in the Land of the Living. though truly sorry to hear that you were Suffering with Rheumatism. for I am well prepared to Sympathize with any one in such a condition these mortal limbs of mine are continual sufferers from its dreadful effects. I am truly sorry for the declining Sight of your eye, but hope it will soon be Restored. Father, you labor too hard, do take more rest, as it is Indespensable to your well being in your declining days. The Boys have all pretty well recovered from their shock. Except John Cooper. who was sent to the Hospital at Knoxville. I dont know how he is but hope he is improoving. Thom is in a very delic ate situation. he has had a very heavy seat of cold on his lungs for more than a month, but is still able to go about. The Col ordered him not to go on duty another time. and said that If he had have known his situation he would have had him discharged long ago. The Col told me this morning to have the Dr to Examine him to day or tomorrow which I will do If it does not rain too hard. Thom is a bout one half mile from here. I have not seen him for two days. Thom would I have had his certificate of Discharge from the Dr before this had not Dr Rogers took down sick. he Examined him once and said he would Examine him the next day but was not able. Our surgeon is now in and I will have him Examined to day or tomorrow and will use my influence to get him off. I know of no news reliable. The Yanks made a raid into East Tenn last week, and burned the Depot at Lenoirs Station below Knoxville and burned the Bridges at, Strawberry Plains, Mopey creek & flat Creek. The Extent of the damage I dont know. they made their Escape. what damage we done them I dont know. I could give you the rumors but they may not be correct. Therefore I withold them. I would