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Title: [Thomas Carse?], Jeffersonville, to "Brother John"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCarse, Thomas/17(2)
SenderCarse, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationshipping clerk for a railway company
Sender Religionunknown
OriginJeffersonville, Indiana, USA
DestinationErie, Penn., USA
RecipientCarse, John
Recipient Gendermale
SourceDonated by Mrs. I.J. Beattie, 120 Carsonstown Rd., Lisowen, Saintfield, Ballynahinch, Co. Down, BT24 7JN, N.Ireland.
ArchiveUlster American Folk Park.
Doc. No.9903183
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 19:03:99.
Word Count296

Sept 30th 1862
Brother John
The last time I wrote you
was at the time of Genl [General?] Nelson's order for
the women and children to leave Louisville. You
can form no idea of the confusion, the hasty
packing of trunks, the gathering up of the
infantry in arms, and the general "Skedaddling"
which ensued. The greater the hurry
the nearer seemed the rebels, and good, bad
and indifferent who had no desire to participate
in the game of "town ball", took the
opportunity offered to visit their relatives in
Indiana, Illinois & elsewhere. The secession
citizens also had, many of them, relatives in
the North, and it was amusing in the
midst of the excitement to see how anxious
they were to get off. But after about three
days waiting for the arrival of Bragg's army
I must admit we all breathed more freely on
receiving the information that Buell, with his
45,000 well disciplined troops were marching
into Louisville. It is true, Nelson had at
least 90,000 more, but without any particular
organization, wanting in both division and
brigade Commanders, therefore an attack by
the enemy would have created a most dreadful
panic. But Buell is here and Bragg has
slipped and everybody asks the question, where
has he gone? and why was he allowed to go?
Buell is severely censured on all sides, and
most severely by his own men. It was reported
yesterday that he was removed, but to day
re-instated. There is now here a well-armed
and equipped army of 150,000 men, doing
nothing while Kentucky is being laid waste
by the rebel forces. The latest excitement
here was caused by the affair yesterday morning
in the Galt House in which Genl [General?] Nelson
lost his life. In a former letter I said to....