The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 211
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I have nothing of importance to write. I do not know where
we will go from here. We may remain here for some time yet or
take up the line of march soon. I do not know.
I have but little time to write my dear wife. There is nothing
on earth that would afford me half the pleasure that your company
would now. We have a great many amusements in camps, all sorts
of music, but I take no hand in any.
Lieutenant Grady and John Jenkins and some others have decided
to come back on business since I commenced writing, but I will
send this anyhow. I want you to write to me how you are getting
along. Write and send it by Marion. I will write every chance.
I would have come this time if my horse could have stood it. I
want to rest him till we start from here.
I think the time not long till we will meet. The thought of
starting and leaving you again would keep me from coming. Starting
like to have killed me. I think sometimes I cannot stay, that I
must come back, but I must try not to think so much about home.
I will write to Bastrop. I bought a pony from Bill McPhaul.
Write whether you have got him or not.
The next time I write I will tell you all about things in general.
(Oh, If I could see you and talk to you I could say what I want
to say, Beckey.) I am going to try my hand at washing tomorrow.
Beckey, save a kiss for me. Excuse me for this bad letter. I
must close. Give my best love to all and do not forget that my
best love is bestowed upon you. My heart fills to overflowing at
times when I think of you. Nothing more at present, but I remain
your affectionate husband.
John W. Truss
State of 'Texas November 18, 1861
My Dear Wife,
I seat myself to write you a few lines to let you know that I
am well and hoping these few lines may find you enjoying better
health than when I left you.
Marion and Steave are well and in good spirits. The health of
our Company is good at present. On the fifteenth, one member of
Captain Moss's Company died. On the sixteenth he was buried
under the honors of war.
I wrote this above last night. I am sorry to tell you there is
another fellow soldier a corpse this morning. He belonged to
Captain Matar's Company. Another one was shot accidentally by
one of his own Company. They belonged to the Ellis County
Rangers. It did not kill him.
We are going to take up the line of march for Galveston in the
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