Ross Family Letters, RG 149


Friend Ross


August 28th/62


Dr. Sir


I will drop you a line to let you know where we are & what we are doing we are at the foot of Cumberland Gap in full view of the yankies our Pickets & the yankies are only about a quarter of a mile apart & fire on each other every day & night but not much damage done on either side The Yankies Shell us every day but few of their Shells Bust & consequently their Shell dont do us but little damage we have binn here nearly two weeks & we may Stay here for some time yet as it is the object of our officers to perish them out As it is said we have a large force on the other Side of them & that we can force them to come out & fight us or Surrender But I will give you my notions about the matter I dont believe that we have them as near Surrounded as our officers Say we have & if we have from what I can learn from the citizens in this neighbourhood the Yankies have a good Supply of Provisions on hand enoughf to last a month or two yet if not longer I know one thing they have a good many Beef cattle yet in a field near our Pickets but we cant get them they are under the cover of the yankies guns I see the 3tarikies every time I go out on Picket but they are two far off for my gun I donít Say that I am verry anxcious for them to get too clost to me nor I am not anxcious to go in a battle but If I have to go in one I Shall endeavor to send as many of them to their long home as possible There is a flag of truce sent over from one side or the other every day The yankies sent a flag over yesterday & the bearer said that they captured one of our Col yesterday on the other side of the mountain & he also said that their Pickets& ours sit under the same Peach tree & eat Peaches that looks like we are on verry good terms on the other side of the mountains I know one thing they cant come on this side & find such friends on this side There is a great deal of talk about Peace in camps & some betts made on being Peace in sixty days I wish that it may be so for it cant come too soon to suit me as I am verry anxcious to see [L or T?] allie Hughes as soon as possible when I left home I expected to have binn home long before this time & would have binn & would have binn [sic] If Bagget had complied with his promise to me I have [no] use for him I†††† could write you a great deal about him the way he acted here but he is not worth the notice of a gentleman our officers are all down on him & Privates too If I ever get to be a free man again I think I will learn him how to trifle with a gentlemans feelings in the way he has mine I reckon you know that I had a substitue here twice & would have put him in If Bagget had acted rite Simmons was the man that I had he said that he would come back & take my place the first of Sept I dont much look for him though If he comes I can put him at any time now as Spinks is Capt & a clever man If Simmons dont come I want you & Dr Garrett to get me a man give five hundred Dollars a year If you cant do any better or I will give eight hundred Dollars cash & will Pay it Just as soon as I get home I am determined not to stay here If there is any way to get of honorably I am as miserable a man that lives I am in hopes you & Garrett will do [all] you can to get me a man be sur to get a man that is sound & [not] too old & send him to me as [soon] as poss[ible] I enjoy fine health & have gained several pounds for the last week ortoo but home is the place that suits me our fair is verry hard & scarce we draw bacon every five days & then only half a pound for five days we make up [corn]bread without any greas I will now close write to me soon†† Direct your letters to Tazw[ell]in care of Capt Spinks, 46 Regt. Ala


Yours truly


T. Otho Culbreath