Soldier's Letter, 4 pages, 8vo., Russellville, Ky., Feb. 1st., 1862. William M. Puryear (Co. H, 26th Tennessee Infantry) writes:
"... We left Bowling Green on the 23rd of Jan. and arrived here the same day. We are camped in a beautiful walnutt meadow about half mile from the center of town, though it is rather disagreeable in wet weather and on account of that we are moving a mile from where we are.
We are under the Command of Gen. Floyd from Virginia. We are all well pleased with him. He has been in several scurmish engagements with yankees and has come out victorious in all of them, and not only that he has been in the previous wars to this and of course he is somewhat expectence about here to conduct a battle. We have come here to this place for the purpose of watching the movements of (Gen.) Crittenden and to get a little fresh air and some fresh beef...We find the people here are possesed of better Southern principles and more charitable feelings bestowed on Southerners. Capt. C. D. McFarland arrived in Camp today and one of his Liut., had to introduce him to his Company. He came somewhat disgusted to what he ever was seen. Well, he puts me in mind of General Taylor picture. He is the best looking military officer in Gen. Floyds Division.."
Puryear continues his letter by relating his sentiment about the war, and that he is anxious to be in an engagement with the Yankees.
Some tiny hole faults and aging, otherwise legible.
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