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Hospital No. 3
Nashville Tenn Oct 4th 1863

Dear Mary
your kind letter came today and you may be assured that I was glad to hear from you. I am in usual health, my hand troubles me quite a considerable bit, this cool weather as it is getting quite cold now so overcoats have come in use again. I assume it is as cold here as it is in your State, I am afraid that my hand will always trouble me in cold weather. I am satisfied that it will never be as sound as the other again. I think I shall be able to almost any kind of business though

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I hope so as it is my desire to go to farming as soon as my term of service expires. Well Mary there is a great battle fought at Chattanooga and on the eve of another which if we are victorious will decide the war and shortly in the late battle the Rebs attacked with Rosecrans with about one hundred and twenty thousand. Rosey had about 50 thousand, quite a difference and Rosey held his position although he lost about 15 thousand killed and wounded and taken prisioners. There are troops passing through here every day from the army of Fotanmae, General Howard and Stoleman corps, Rosecrans will soon have one hundred thousand, then Rebs will have to run or die. The best for them to die or they will never make good citizens again.

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We are now on the eve of great events if we are victorious then we may begin to look for peace. Oh what a glorious time it will be when the war worn soldier is permitted to return home again in peace. There to meet his friends and have a general good time. Well it will not be my fault if I do not have one big time, I shall be down in Tompkins then if I live so long which I hope to as the most of us love life I know I do although I have been in some very dangerous places. my friend, J.D.Mead is enjoying reasonable health. I am sorry to hear that "" has had so much trouble with his wife. He ought not to have married her if he could not live with her. Well you must not be down hearted. I had supposed that you were in just

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the place where you could enjoy yourself, forming acquaintances with the Ladies and Gents of Ithaca. In your next let me know how you like it in the city and how you like the young folks there and let me know how you like Henry Kinzey's wife. I Reed a letter from Sarah yesterday. She was well, her school was nearly out Only one week to more to teach. All the folks here met in "" Charles Mathers has married and started on a wedding "" "" probably he may stop and see you. Mary excuse this writing. Give my respects to all that know me in Tompkins your pa and ma in particular. Write often and I will do the same. From your affectionate Friend
J.L. Knapp

Did you know: The word "inst" was a very commonly used abbreviation for the Latin "instante mense" meaning this month.

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