Civil War letter of T.S. Harvey
transcribed by Robert L. Bailey
Union Soldier Was Pretty Sick Of War In 1864.
T.S. HARVEY in writing to his aunt, the grandmother of Hobart HAIR, of Maryville, was rather sick of the Civil War in 1864, "but I don't mind," he writes, "just so we whip the Rebels and have peace once more."
In tearing down the HAIR homestead near Maryville, Mr. HAIR found the letter, which had been written by HARVEY the 26th day of January, 1864, at a camp about five miles above Knoxville. The letter is penned on stationery headed "The War For the Union," as follows:
"Dear Aunt: I seat myself this morning to write you a few lines and let you know that I am well. I hope these few badly written lines will find you all enjoying the same blessings.
I have nothing of interest to write to you. I have been in the army two years. If I could see you and grandmother, I could tell you of some of the hardships of a soldier's life. I have been a great ways from home since I have been in the army. I have seen a great deal of the world and had some pretty hard times, but that I do not mind; just so we whip the Rebels so we can have peace one more time.
I have been in the service two years and have had little sickness. I f God lets me live twelve months more I think I will be a citizen again for a while. We have been all over Kentucky, Ohio, Middle Tennessee and Georgia before we came into East Tennessee. We have now taken up winter quarters about five miles above Knoxville. We have a nice camp here.
I came past home as we marched up from Chattanooga for the first time since belonging to the service. I found them all well. Joshua belongs to the First Tennessee and John belongs to the Third Calvary which is in Nashville.
Tell Harriett I am coming over as soon as the war is over, which I don't think will be very long. Write me as soon as you get this letter. I understand the Rebels had taken Uncle SELLERS."
Editor's Note: The above article appeared in the Knoxville Journal a few days ago and we learn that T.S. HARVEY was the father of Mrs. L.L. THOMAS of South Harriman. He was also the uncle of H.W. JOHNSON and Jim HARVEY of Harriman and a number of other relatives reside in Roane County.
From: The Harriman Record, Thursday, 6 Mar 1930, Vol. 64, No. 26.