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Title: John Knight, Corinth, [Kentucky?] to his brother & sister.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Fileknight, john/4
SenderKnight, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsoldier
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCorinth, Mississippi, USA
DestinationKeokuk, Iowa, USA
Recipient Gendermale-female
SourceT 2058/1: Copied by Permission of R. J. McKnight Esq., Edenderry Cottage, Lurgan Road, Banbridge, Co. Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9006212
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 01:11:1993.
Word Count527
TranscriptCamp Near Corinth June 14th

Dear Brother & Sister
I received
your letter of the 4th inst yesterday and was
glad to hear you were all well This is they [the?]
4th letter I have written to you since
they [the?] 10th of May. We are now back again
to within 2 miles of Corinth we arrived here
yesterday after a two days hot march dust
all the way 4 or 5 inches deep where we
were we could not do any good before we
left our Cavalry scoured the country for 60
miles around and could not find any enemy
so we came back they [the?] supposition is that
we will stay here sometime at least long
enough to rest our Army here will be
divided part will stay here part will go
to the Mississippi River and part I think
will go to Virginia if the Rebels are
not driven from there soon of course
we cannot tell where we will go
In your last you said you had seen Capt C---
and that he had told you I had been in
rather poor health which was a fact but
nothing serious from the Battle of Donelson
untill [until?] after the Battle of Pittsburg I might
say I did not do anything in the line of
duty at least only what I done voluntary I
was able to run around all the time but
was favored by the Company an [and?] Surgeon the
latter told me just to do what I felt like
doing. Before the Battle of Pittsburg I was
offered my discharge but did not care about
taking it it was not so much the Ball
that hurt me it was they [the?] severe exposure
we experienced while at the seige of Ft [fort?] Donelson
was going on but I am entirely well now
and has been for sometime and they [the?] boys
all tell me I am getting as fat as a hog
When we march I am never asked to
carry a knapsack but get it hauled all
they [the?] time, I should like to go up and
see you but I have not they [the?] least notion
of getting a discharge untill [until?] the
Regiment goes home unless I get sick that
I cannot do anything. I see by late papers
that Memphis is ours and the R.R. will
soon be in operation from here to that place
the general opinion here is that the Westren [Western?]

Army will not have much more fighting
to do and I think McClellan will
soon clear them out of Virginia so
I think the case is getting rather Bilious
on the Rebel side of the question and
we look for a speedy end to the war.
This morning I sent you $55.00 by
our Sutler he went to St Louis from that
place he will express it to Keokuk
in care of [S?] Hamill for you which I
wish you would keep for me untill [until?]
I return this was the first chance I had
of sending it to you I beleive [believe?] I have
nothing more to say at present give my
Respects to all enquireing [enquiring?] friends and
write soon
John Knight