The Dallas Journal, Volume 41, 1995 Page: 73
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Richard Davis a few days since that I went to school with & he said he herd from where I
used to live a few weeks since & they were doing nothing in the war no way but all of the
Perry boys that went to Mo the same time he did had went it for the union & three of them
were killed in battle. I would not be surprised that land in Texas would be easy to sale, thirs a
tremendous emigration to Texas. I will ad[d] no more as I will write as often as I have an
opportunity. I have to send them privately.
Your affectionate husband
H C Johnson
Direct your letter to Fort Smith, Co. /F/ 2 Regiment Jones Cavalry to me
Camp Davis, Arkansas
Oct 27, 1861
My dear wife I have taken an opportunity to write you a nother which I hope will find you
enjoying as many & as much of the pleasures of this world as you can get. Times don't afford
as many as many other places & your means of living are some what limited for I tell you that
there're many of us that envys Quincy & Brad on the account of his priviledge. we are
surrounded by a guard & cut off all of our steay communication & we are deprived of our
whiskey, conveniences & every man in camp is cursing. there was a man arrested with some
brandy & took it up to Col. Stone headquarters & it will go the way that a many a gallon.
Judge Hoarde to Guss are here is camp this evening & I thought I would write you although I
have written ever day & I fear I will spoil you. I want to heare from you vary bad & I want to
heare from the children & what they are doing & what Peter is doing & how the crop looks &
what my stock is doing & how the black colt looks & how gray Eagle looks & what is going on
the country & town both. I would like to have a letter from my children & as many from you
as you can write. we married under peculiar circumstances but I hope it may turn out for the
best yet I would like to have your likeness but I forgot it & you never put in my trunk & I
wanted all of the children but here I am with nothing to look over but these stony hills &
mountains & right where my bed is to night the rock is four inches above the top of the
ground & I have bin sick & my bones & the rock are both soar & these miseries hasn't as
much ofense as a red dog. we are to start for Springfield tomorrow & maybe to Kansas & will
be gone about one month & then what gets back will go in to winter quarters on the Arkansas
River. I have bin changing my clothes this morning & I find that I have more dirty clothes
than clean ones & nobody to wash. we had a fine lot of cedar today & I would have been proud
that you could have shared it with us but is a small issue comparing with the inconveniences
we have to contend with. tell Peter to take good care of my stock and the farm & such, fetch a
quart of the best brandy there is in the country, give my love to all inquiring friends. I wish I
had another horse, mine is poor to his back & they are in scarce. I will ad[d] no more but
remain your affectionate husband
H J C Johnson
DGS Journal 73 1995
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