Title: George Washington Whitman to Louisa Van Velsor Whitman, 3 April 1864
Date: April 3, 1864
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from George Washington Whitman, Civil War Letters of George Washington Whitman, ed. Jerome M. Loving (Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1975), 112–113. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: Trent Collection of Whitmaniana, Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Whitman Archive ID: duk.00350
Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Vanessa Steinroetter, Janel Cayer, Kathryn Kruger, Gillian Price, and April Lambert
Sunday April 3d 18641
Well Mother, here we are back to our old starting point, Annapolis, and I am very glad to get back again to a civalized country.
When I last wrote you from Nasville Tenn.2 we were just about leaving that place for the front. Well we went to Knoxville by way of Chattanooga, stopped at Knoxville a day or two, and then were ordered to a place called Mossy Creek, about 40 miles beyond Knoxville. The next day after we arrived at the Creek we were ordered to bout face and travel over the same ground again back to this place. We arrived here yesterday having been nearly two weeks on the journey, our Regt. came nearly all the way by Rail Road but the rest of the Corps are now on the way, they having to march all the way from Knoxville to this place, they have now been some 13 days on the way and it will take them 5 or 6 days longer to reach here. I suppose you know that our Corps has been ordered to rendezvous at this place, there are now some 10,000 mostly new troops here for our Corps. We will probaly stay here some weeks, as it will take some time to get things ready for a start.
We are now in barracks but we go into Camp tomorrow. We are to have all new tents and everything clean and nice and we expect to have good times while we stay here. We had a mighty rough time down in Tennesse grub was scarce and we had no tents, and had to leave our trunks behind as we had no transportation after we left Knoxville, for the creek.
Well Mother how are you all getting along at home, I received a letter from Walt a few days ago, dated March 19th he says you have been quite sick, but I hope you are entirely well now, as he says you was very much better when he wrote to me, Little Sis too he says is first rate. Hattie I hope is lively as ever, and Mattie, Walt says is first rate.
Mother you must write to me as soon as you get this and tell me how you are all getting along. Have you heard from Hannah lately I should very much like to hear from her. I shall write to Walt to day or tomorrow and I expect he will come on here in a few days and I only wish you could all come on and see us after we get in our new camp.
We expect to get paid in the course of a few days and then Mother I shall send you some money. I should like for Jeff (some time when he is over in New York) to stop at the place where I had my pictures taken and order a dozen, and send them out to me.
Mother I hope your coughf is well by this time but I shall feel uneasy untill I hear from you. I believe I have written all that I can think at present so good bye Mamy, give my love to Mattie, Jeff and the rest.
George W. Whitman
1. The veteran regiments of the Ninth Army Corps—having been sent back to East Tennessee after their re-enlistment leaves—were ordered on March 8, 1864, to report to Annapolis, Maryland, where new regiments recruited under the direction of General Burnside were located. The Fifty-First Regiment of New York Volunteers started for Annapolis sometime during the period of March 17-23, 1864. [back]