4th of July 1862 – Cumberland Gap

God Bless America.

Cumberland Gap
July 4th 1862

My Dear Wife & Children

I have written to you every few days since I arrived at this place.  I wrote you a letter day before yesterday and sent it by Alford Wilson.  I also sent you my Likeness by him Also.  My health is fine so is the health of the Company.  there are five or six reather poorly but able to Knock around in camp.  I. W. Seale is here and will go home on tomorrow therefore I will write you a few lines by him this evening   I wrote to H. M. Lutes   I this evening got two letters from you  one wrote on the 12th of June the other on the 29th of June and I was truly glad to hear from you and the children although it appears that you had a cold both times.  but I hope that this will find both you and the family all well.  This is the 4th of July and our National Aniversary  We are firing a Salute from our 22 guns.  we have fired two salutes  one this morning   one at noon and we will fire the other at sundown this evening.  it is very pretty to see the bright curling smoke as it accends up from the guns on the hights of the Cumberland Mountain and from our vally down here in this beautiful vally.  we would enjoy the Salute much more but we had a Telegraphic Dispatch to day anouncing that Gen. McClellan had retreated thirty five miles and had (one?) gun and burned 75 waggons of his Train to keep the Rebels from getting them.  but that he had checked the Enemy and had them retreating.  the report is that the Enemy lost considerably more than we did but I have fears that is is bad enough at the best.  Old Robert Morris is here and considerably amazed at the camp life of our Regiment  I do want to see you all very bad and if any chance comes that I can get off i will come and pay you all a flying visit  If you can sell any or all of your stock off for money or good cash notes well secured it would be well for you to do it, for I do not know when this war will end.  even if it does end in a few months I can again Buy more stock for the farm and it will Greatly relieve you.  I want you to do what you think best about all that you wish to, for my return is very unceartain.  I may return in a month and I may not return in six months for there is no Knowing when this War will end.  but I hope it will be honorably ended soon.  I have sent a saddle by Russell Bayles of Jackson County near McKee  if he deos not bring it home soon I want you to send and git it and the Blankets Wrippers & Coat.  I sent a letter to you by Abner Neanl__omb(?) also my overcoat and I want you to take good care of it for me until I return home  tell Morgan that I want him to learn to write so that he can write his Papa a letter.  tell Laura that I would like to be at home and help her to eat the Honey that you took and wrote me about and tell dick that i would like to be in the yard and have a play with him in the Shaddy Grass for I Know that he is wild.  as for Philos you only Kiss him for me, and if I should never return to see his strange little face when he gets large enough and learns to read show him this letter and tell his his Father Died in the defence of his Country and the Constitution

I want you to sell all the loose property that is of no use to you and try to collect as much of the notes I left with you as posible als my Tax recipts, Fee bills, etc. etc.

Sundown.  Just now E. W. Brandenburgh came into camp and brought me a letter from you and I was Doubly glad to learn that you was well  We have Just finished firing our National Salute   our Batery fired 36 rounds  All is life in this vicinity for we have a large number of men here and it would amuse you to pass through the various Regiments and se the various Groups in their many attitudes and to hear their varied conversations  Some washing, some cooking  some cleaning guns  some getting wood  some bri___g watter   some Blacking Showes & B____  some going to and from the Suttlers shop  Some Drilling but a Great Majority lying on their Blanketts and particularly the Pickets of the previous are sound asleep  Some engaged in mending riped seams in their clothing some cleaning up the company and kitchen Quarters   some Reading the papers of the latest date    some writing and Reading letters and some Digging sinks Pitts etc   Some Drawing provisions from the comisary Seargent for their companies and various other things too Tedious to mention

if you can sell off all of your Property it would be the best and only keep enough to live on and have every thing prepared to you hand   it would not be necessary only to have a boy to feed and make fires etc.  if you should sell you property sell farming tools and all   make a clean sweep of all so that you will be troubled with any thing that is subject  to wear out or die.  I do not want you to visit me at the camps for i would not be allowed to stay out of camp and I could not bear the Idea of you staying in camp   but I will try and com to see you this fall if not sooner  do write often and oblige your Devoted Husband

E. B. Treadway

Elisha B. Treadway, Captain
Company A
7th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry (US)

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