Cedar Mountain, Va. A Confederate field hospital – Library of Congress
August 14th 1863
Camp Evenazer, Knox Co, E, Tenn
I now proceed to write you a few lines to let you know that I am still in the land of the living hoping that these few lines may come safe to hand and find you well I have not been well now for five or six days but I feel some better this morning the talk in camp at this time is that we are a going to leave this place it is said that we are a going to Big Creek Gap but I do not know whether that is so or not we are a looking for our boys to come to camp that are at home we have heard that they was to leave home last tuesday Cousin R V Alexander is still at Wattsburg John W Sherman is still on the sick list I do not know that he is any better than he was when I wrote to you before James P Cherry and David P Queen are a going to start to the Hospital this morning I think that I will get well without having to go to the Hospital myself I haven’t had a letter from home since Samuel H Allison come to camp If you have not started my saddle just keep it and do not send I bought me a saddle this morning it is the saddle that Little Abb Moore that John M. Owenby brought into the service I concluded that I had rather have a saddle at home than to have the and that my saddle was too good a saddle to ride into camp and ruin it I will bring my few lines to a close Direct your letter to Knoxville Co B 7th Battalion of N C Troops Write soon and please excuse my bad writing and spelling for I wrote this in a hurry So no more at present but remain your son as ever
W C Penland
To H M Penland
This letter makes me sad that WC is sick and leaves me wondering how far away the hospital he mentions was from his location. Also interesting is his continued mentioning of men who his family are familiar with.