Letter from Twining, Henry H.

Soldier: Twining, Henry H.
Allegiance: Union
Unit/Service Branch: 11th Infantry
Home State: Wisconsin
Date Written: Wednesday, August 27th, 1862
Location: Old Town Landing, AR
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Camp Life, Combat Description, Comrades, Cotton, Guerillas, Sickness, Suffering, Western Theater

Ever Dear Friend
With pleasure I improve this place and hour in writing you to inform you that I am well and enjoying camp life as well as can be expected under present circumstances and hope that this nil find you and your friends good health. Aarons health is very poor. He has been sick for 3 months. I think he would get along better if he had a thought of doing so but he is perfectly living, aged, and thinks he never will get well unless he is sent home. I think if I could come Home with him he would be a11 right but we have such doctors as would rather see anyone die than have a chance to go home sad when anyone gets sick here it takes a long time for them to get up again. The Doctors told me the other day that as soon as he got well enough to be moved they were going to discharge him. I go over to the hospital to take care of him through the heat of the day. I think he is improving a little every day but very slow. We have had a good deal of warm weather this summer but it is growing cooler a little now. the nights are quit cool there is not much of interest going on in Camp now save expeditions going after Cotton. We went down in the State of Mississippi and got l000 bales of cotton worth l5O each. Since we have been here we have got $400,000 of Cotton for the U.S. I think that is doing pretty well. We have had little skirmishes with the secesh. We had a men killed and 4 wounded at one time. Our men killed 7 of the Rebells. I have not been in any of the fights yet but have been near enough to hear the guns and twice I was near enough to see them. I tell you it was hard to see the dead men in the Cotton Plant. There were 123 Secesh that our men hurried and 4 of our men. When I passed over the field I could see the dead Rebells lay all over the ground.

It is nearly a year sine I enlisted. It seems like a long time for me to be from home I hope this war may end so that we may all return home once more. But I hope I shall have good health so as not to have to be furloughed or discharged for I enlisted with a proud motive, the intention of serving in the war to do what I can to put down the Rebellion, and I hope to stay in the service until It is accomplished. Theodore is with us now; he is well. alphonso is we1l I heard last night that Hattie Rhoads and her sister is at your house. How I wish I could see then for I have written 2 letters to Hattie since I had one from her. I sent them to Cleveland, I wrote one same time ago to you, Julia, and Carrie, sent it to Cambridge. There is not Very much news to write so I shall have to close by hoping to hear from you soon,
Your friend,