The Dallas Journal, Volume 41, 1995 Page: 72
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time of the Civil War. Thanks is given to the Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division of the
Dallas Public Library, Carol Roark, Archivist.]
'A history of Texas and Texans, Volume V, Frank W. Johnson. The American Historical Society (Chicago
and New York) 1914. p. 2568 [as quoted from content note of collection]
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Sept 23, 1861 - "
My Dear Wife & Children I have taken an opportunity -
to write you a few lines. we are laying by at McKinney
but will start for Fort Smith in the morning. we are in t l.o 't-d
the last division of the regiment, they are leaving ever k
day. I will write as often as possible. I had an oman of -.' .' '
some future destiny, the morning I left home while I " . , , ,
was sitting on my horse out in the road there was a - "-u
humming bird hovered in the aire before me & I caught -/ A' -
in my hand & after I let it go it flew strait back to the
[dark blotches] to do the best they can & I will reward
them for there good behavior, kiss the baby for me.
Your affectionate husban
H. F. C. Johnson
Camp Davis Oct. 24/ 61 Arkansas
My dear wife & children I have taken one more opportunity to inform you of my whereabouts.
I am still chilling & [unreadable word]. we have a rough time camping. we don't get much to
eat & that all times but the right time & we are always on the march thinking we will have a
battle but we have failed so far but if we go much farther north I suppose we will have a
brush, we are here just like a negro. we don't know one day what we are trying to do the next.
they will make an order one hour & countermand it the next but we are allowed no privilege,
no time which is a-a with me for I don't want to be second to nobody. we have traveled to ever
point of the land within the last ten days here is [dark ink spots] men in this country than
any place I ever saw. I expect we will make our winter quarters on the Arkansas River. I will
try to come home & if I can't I will go to New Orleans to send you some clothing home. I
would like to know what the boys & Peter are doing & what they have done & how the stock
are doing . we are talking of going to Randal but I don't think we can for it is to[o] late in the
season. I want the boys to go to school & I want Collestin to learn the little one & keep her
out of mischief. I want know if Brad is helping Pete or not or if you can hire any other Nigger.
I have met a great many Negroes going to Texas to hire & if you can hire one cheaper ten 17
dollars per month you had better do it & I want to know the local news of the country. I don't
want anybody there all the time & if Collestin will have all the neighbors hird there. I saw
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