Corinth Miss

May the 26th 1862

Mrs S.J. Hudson

Dear wife I agin seate my self to in form you that  I am injoying tolerable good health hoping theis lines will will find you ail well

We air fixing up to leave this place
I cannot tell where we will go
I thought as Elzy was going home I would send you a fiew lines as I cannot tell when I will have the chanse to write to you soon

I exspect to have to face the Enemy
I trust that I may escape
I want you to pray for me that I may be spaird from this War
I would give any thing to see you all one time more
I want to see you all as bad as I ever did tho I am hear will have to stay for some time
I am very ancious to hear from you
I want you to send me them things that [you?] wer talking about before I left

My Dear I want you to git a long the best you can in this wourld and live faithfull
May the Lord be with you all
if it should be my Makers will that I should never return home agin pray that we may meat where parting will be no more
I try to Discharge my duty to god altho I cannot say that I live as faithfull as I should tho it is my determination by the assisting grace of god to make my way from this low ground of sorrow to a land of Eaternal rest
if we cannot see each other hear in this world it chers me up to think that their is a land of rest where Christins Will Meat and their live to geather forever

Sarah I do not want you to greive after me
if it is gods will he will spair my life
we should be thankful to him that we have bin spaird so fur

I must bring my letter to a close as I am in a hury
Send me some ink back by Elzy

So no more at presant only remaines your affectionate Husband till Death

J.E. Hudson

Ciss the childern for me and tell them to be smart

Mrs. S.J. Hudson

By the Hand of E.W. Sanders [on the back side]

John Elkaney Hudson's Civil War Letters