|Lick Creek East, Tenn February 1, 1863
Dear wife it is with pleasure I again seat myself to let you know that I am enjoying a reasonable portion of health at present, hoping these lines may find you and the children in good health. I am getting very uneasy about you. I fear thre is something the matter and you wont write to me until times is better for I have wrote you several letters and never have got a line since I left home.
I want you to write ...don't fail... it dont matter what your condition may be. I want to hear from home. It may be that you dont get my letters. I cant tell if you dont. I dont want you to fail in writing for I write every week and have done so ever since I left home with the exceptions of two weeks that I was sick and not able to write.
|The war news is somewhat interesting at present the news in the papers is current that the Governor of Kentucky have called for sixty thousand troops in defence of the south. Also there is a rumor a float and it is current that there has commisioners arrived at Richmond from the states of Illinois and Indiana if these reports be true which I have no doubt it is the case, we will have peace by the first day of April, also a northern general by the name of Woolford commanding the cavilry forces of Kentucky has disbanded his forces for twenty days and he says if Lincoln dont revoke his emancipation proclamation and he has to fight any more he will do it in defence of the south.|
|This copy of the third page of Solomon's hand written letter is missing the right hand side. This is due to the many copies of copies that have been made over the years. The typed version on left is from a typed letter made later. We are in search of a more original copy or better yet, the original itself. If anyone knows of of one, please contact us.|
|I have a little bad news to write as well as good. A few days ago we had three men to desert our company there names are as follows W.L.D. Broom, A.S. Chastaine and J.A. Watson also last knight there was six men deserted from this post belonging to capt N.W. Broom company B they seeked there oppurtunity to get away there being a detail of forty men sent off on yesterday a tory hunting the way was open and last knight they skedadled for home. I fear there are others that will do likewise. I am truly afraid the army will be broken up between now and corn planting but as for my part I came into the army honorably and I intend if possible to get out the same way, you need not look for me at home until I am honorably discharged according to law.|
I want you to write to me how many hogs you got after I left and whether you have got your
corn hauled or not. If you have not got up them home hogs to fatten you had better get them
up as soon as possible if you have got _________ or can get salt to save the meat be sure
to save plenty of meat to do you and to hire your work done for you cant hire work done for
the money if you havent salt plenty dont sell a pound of the meat you have salted now you
can let Jack and A.J. Wood read this letter and it will answer in place of me writing to all
at once so nothing more at present but remains your affectionate and loving husband until
death, Mrs. Martha A. Cook.
All of the CSA soldiers who died at Camp Douglas are buried at Oak Woods Cem. in a mass grave called The Confederate Mound. Most were buried in individual graves in either the Chicago City Cem. until it was closed in the late 1860s or in the smallpox cementary in Camp Douglas until the camp was dismantled at the end of the war. Their remains were moved to Oak Woods and buried in a common grave. There are supposedly 4000 men buried in this grave but the true number is said to be closer to 6000.
You can order Soloman's CSA service records for 8.00 from the NC State
Archives. The address is
DEPT. OF CULTURAL RESOURCES
DIVISION OF ARCHIVES & HISTORY
ARCHIVES AND RECORDS SECTION
109 EAST JONES STREET
4614 MAIL SERVICE CENTER
RALEIGH, N.C. 27699-4614
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