[December 13, 1862 The Union Army was defeated by Lee at Fredericksburg, VA.] Calhoun Mo Dec the 22ond 1862 Esteemed Parents Brothers Sisters One & All InMessage 1 of 1 , Jun 29, 2002View Source[December 13, 1862 The Union Army was defeated by Lee at Fredericksburg, VA.]Calhoun Mo Dec the 22ond 1862
Brothers Sisters One & All
In answer to Mariah’s, Alpheus’s, & Hadley’s letters of the 10th & 11th inst. [.....]. The health is good not a sick man in the hospital at this post at the present time, and it is now used as a guard house. The weather is most beautiful. I am certain I never saw such weather in Indiana in all my life. No rain of importance since October and not any snow since. The ground freezes but very little and during the day time I run around in my shirt sleeves. We undoubtedly see easier times than any other company in the service. Roll call has not been established in this section since we left Jeff City. We are now in paradise to the side of the troops on the Ptomac [Potomac River, MD / VA]. There are different rumors afloat now that we will be ordered there. But they are like all other camp reports too fictious to be reliable. The late defeat of our army at Fredricksburg Va is rather discouraging to all that is loyal. But still I have confidence enough in the cause I enlisted in to believe there is better times coming when our rebel sympathizers will begin to look down their noses and loose confidence in their southern brethren. But I see from the papers that they have a stubborn and determined for to contend with and how long it will take to conquer them or entirely wipe out secessionism is more than me or any other man can tell. But I believe that time is slowly approaching. And oh & how I long to see that day. I received the postage stamps and tobacco that [brother] Hadley sent all right and am much obliged to the giver of the former but the latter I have no use for as it has been some two months since I quit chewing tobacco. You all have my best wishes and sincere prayers, and I hope none of you will think hard of me for directing my letters as I do. It is my desire and I try to please all. Father & Mother do not be uneasy about me writing home for I would write occasionally if I did not hear from home for the next six months to come for I know how anxious I always am to hear from home. Consequently I can form some idea how it is with you. Write soon direct as before told.
Yours with love and respect H. Talbert
Tuesday morning Dec 23 / 62.
Last night it commenced raining and still continues the same this morning at intervals.