Making History: Transcribe is made possible in part by federal funding provided through the Library Services and Technology Act program administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Transcription Page

R. Cowden letter, 1862 April 28

image 1 of 2
more information: digital collection
This transcription is complete!

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