John Elkaney Hudson's Civil War Letters
Pontotoc Co. Miss. June 13th 1862
Dear Beloved and Affectionate wife.
I agin with great pleasure take the pleasure of dropping you a few lines in answer to your too kind letters.
I received the letter you sent by John late yesterday evening and just got the one you sent by Alford a few minutes ago, which letters game me much satisfaction to hear from you all one time more and to hear that you were all tolerable well and doing tolerable well.
Thanks be to the giver of all good.
Sarah this leaves me in tolerable good health, tho I have been unwell ever since I have been here, tho I think it is cold.
I have been exempted from duty ever since I got here, tho I think I will be able for duty by morning.
I have ad a little fever every morning.
I have been here tho I feel very well this evening.
I am glad to hear that Fanny is getting well.
Sally, I am truly glad to hear that you are getting along as well as you are.
You say for me [not?] to greive my self.
I will try and not.
I will try to do as you tell me and, my Dear, try and do the same.
Take things as fair and easy as you can.
Trouble yourself as little about me as possible.
I try to live in the discharge of my Duty as much as possible.
Not boasting at all but I enjoy religion.
Thank God for it.
I pray to my Maker often and I love to do so.
I take a delight in serving him.
Sarah, my place of secret prayers after night is in a corn field about three hundred yards from camp where everything is silent and God has never failed blessing my life.
At this place some times I think I cannot hardly hold my tongue.
My Dear,you say that you do not enjoy religion as much as you wish to.
Try and hold your trust in the Lord and he will bless you.
My Dear, I do that thing.
I never pray with out praying for you.
Be sure of that.
Sarah, I have many things I want to write to you in this letter.
I am afraid I canít think of them all.
I thank you for the ink you sent to me by John Saunders and also for the envelopes tho I have bought twenty-four.
I have got plenty for a while.
If I think of it I will sent some of them to you.
Sarah, you say you were glad to see my clothes but you say you had rather see me than them.
I do not doubt that.
I had rather see you than anything in this world.
Make you think you are washing them for me.
I have not had time to see them yet.
I will be glad to see them.
Thank you for the bread and butter.
I know it will eat so well to me.
We have been getting some meal for a day or two.
We are getting a little more plenty to eat than we did some time ago.
We draw flour and sometimes a little bacon and tolerable plenty of beef, some peas, sugar, and molasses and a little coffee.
Sarah I have just bee setting in Alfords back eating some bread and butter. It ought to make me feel much better.
Alford said you did not send any bread tho it makes no difference about it.
I was nearly out of tobacco, tho it is so high I plan to try and quit using it.
It is one dollar to one dollar and twenty-five cents.
I had rather send you the money than to pay it out for tobacco at that price.
Sarah you say you could talk to be better than you could write.
That is the way with myself.
Oh if I could only come home and stay with you two or three days I think I would be better satisfied tho I do pray the time will come soon when I can come to stay with you.
If the yankees come through here I will come if I possible can.
A great many say the same.
I hear a great deal talk of peace.
I believe it is nearly every opinion that there will be peace in a short time and probably it may be and that we may win ________________________________ more in his world.
Look over spelling and writing and performing for I am in a hurry.
It will soon be nite and we have no candles to make a light.
Look over this dirty letter for the dust is flying severly and I sweat very much.
I am afraid I will not think of all I wanted to write in this letter.
Sarah I have been looking at my clothes. I wish I could get them fixed up that nice all the time.
Did you get my haver sack?
I have not found it among my clothes yet I sent it to you to wash and _______ if you had time.
I reckon you forgot to send it if you got it.
Alford said that you wanted to know whether that letter was broke open or not.
Yes it was.
It had stuck together so I could not get it open and I had to split one end to get the letter in it.
Sarah, My Love I do want to see you all so bad that I can not hardly stand it sometimes.
Do the best you know how.
You say you canít think of anything hardly I told you to do.
Never mind, just do the best you can.
Have you seen our colt since I left.
Do you get plenty of milk and Butter?
Do you get your milling done pretty handy?
Do you have any company?
Does Lizy miss me much?
Tell her to be smart.
Sarah, Charles Sanders was here this evening. His is camped about three miles from here.
He says he is well.
He has not heard from Melvina in a long time.
He said he had written several letters to her and had gotten no answer from her.
He says if he can get a furlough he will come out to see you all.
The chance is bad for furloughs.
If there was any chance I would get one.
Sure, if I get sick I will try and get to come home if I can.
I donít want to go to hospital (horsepittle) unless they would send me home.
Some say they will send some of the sick home from the hospital.
If you hear of me being bad sick get some body to come after me and I will pay them well.
Pore William, he is so very sick this evening and has been for some time.
I am glad Alford came after him for I think it would have been a bad chance for him to get well here in camp.
Sarah to your self: anything you want to write to me write it.
I will keep it to myself.
Tell me what this mark tis
The mark I said I would send you for a _______.
If you want a lock of my hair let me know and I will sent it to you tho I have had my hair cut off very short.
Thank you for those kisses.
I am like you said.
I had rather have them right from your sweete lips that wer sweete to me.
Sarh my dear your ĎCountnessí [countenance?] is often on my mind.
If I could get to come home by crawling I could come.
If you come to see me who ever comew with you, you stop out near at same house if you donít want to come into camp and I will come to see you.
You said for me to let you know if I wanted any Clothes.
I donít need any yet.
I donít need thm breeches yet that I sent home.
Sarah it is nearly rite dark. I will have to quit for this time.
I will write to you again soon.
I expect I must have several words in this letter.
I have written it in a hurry.
What I have not thought to write this time maybe I will think of the next time.
So no more at presant.
I sent you a few lines ___________________
It to Armen.
It is now nearly right dark so fair well for this time only.
I remain you loving husband till death.
S. J. Hudson