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By Joshua K. Callaway

From the Kentucky crusade to Tullahoma, Chickamauga to Missionary Ridge, junior officer Joshua ok. Callaway took half in one of the most serious campaigns of the Civil warfare. His twice-weekly letters domestic, written among April 1862 and November 1863, chronicle his slow switch from an ardent accomplice soldier to a weary veteran who longs to be at home.

Callaway was once a schoolteacher, husband, and father of 2 while he enlisted within the twenty eighth Alabama Infantry Regiment on the age of twenty-seven. Serving with the military of the Tennessee, he campaigned in Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, and north Georgia. alongside the way in which this perceptive observer and proficient author wrote a continual narrative detailing the actions, issues, hopes, fears, discomforts, and pleasures of a accomplice soldier within the field.

Whether writing approximately wrestle, disease, encampments, or homesickness, Callaway makes even the standard facets of soldiering fascinating. this massive assortment, seventy-four letters in all, is a worthwhile historic reference that offers new insights into existence at the back of front strains of the Civil War.

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Our company can muster only 21 men for duty. Thirty of our men are absent sick. 10 If I get sick I shall go to Macon and stay at Uncle Elisha's. Times are dull, except that our pickets are constantly shooting yankees. Our pickets have fallen back till they are not more than iVz miles from the breast work. Some think it is done to draw the enemy up within reach of our cannons on the breast work, while others think the yankees are pushing their pickets forward to make us think they are advancing while they are really retreating.

Isn't that horrid? Especially when we consider that we have several able ministers in our own Regiment, such as Capt. H. A. M. Henderson. I suppose we have a Chaplain (Hardy Brown) but he has never been in the Reg. more than three or four days & didn't preach then. We have prayer meeting in our company about twice a week. We had prayer last night, or I should have written to you. " I have learned an important lesson by coming to the war. I learned more of human nature and deception than I ever cared to know, though this is one of the best Regs, in this respect.

Sent to: Mrs. J. K. ] Tibbee Station May loth 1862 34 C O R I N T H TO T U P E L O Dear Cousin, Your letter to father was received by him and given to me a few days ago while on a visit home, to answer. He has allways been a slow correspondent, and now is so overcome with the present calamities, particularly the suffering of the poor soldiers, as to almost unfit him for anything. As you know, perhaps, a hospital has been established at Macon, and not only the hospital and wards but many private families are entertaining our sick braves.

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