R. Cowden letter, 1862 April 28
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Camp Shilo Pittsburgh Tenn. April 28th / 62 Dear brother I take the present opportunity of writing to you a few lines to let you know how we are getting along. We are encamped just where we were when I last wrote with no assurance of moving forward but it is thought that we will move pretty shortly. I hope it will be the case. I would like to put the thing through & get out of the army. not that I am afraid to fight but I am about tired of "sogering" [soldiering], for several reasons. first, I dont like to be subject to the will of any man or set of men like the majority of our army officers. Second, I dont like the trade. I would rather work steady every day on a farm & have something palatable to eat