Letter from Walker, Robert

Soldier: Walker, Robert
Allegiance: Union
Unit/Service Branch: 90th Infantry
Home State: Ohio
Date Written: Tuesday, December 2nd, 1862
Location: Southeast Camp, 3 miles from Nashville, Tenn
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Comrades, Desertion, Family, Home
 

Dear Mother,

I take my pen in hand to let you know that I am well.
I received a letter from you the 30th of November, which
stated that you were well. I was glad to hear it.

You said that you had not gotten a letter from me for
five weeks. I can't see why the letters don't go through. I
write once a week, either to you or one of the girls. I get
one from home about every three weeks. Your last letter
had no date, too. I don't know how long it was on the road,
but you said that you thought you had a sure chance to send it
through; so I supposed that you started it by J. N.Selby, but
he never came. The letter was mailed at Louisville, Ky.

I feel very sorry to state to the people of Perry coun-
ty that J. N.Selby is dishonorably discharged. His discharge
was read at the head of the regiment and read as follows:
"Mr. J. N. Selby, you are dishonorably discharged for desert-
ing your men in the hearing of the Rebel's cannon. You con-
cealed yourself in a company wagon, worked your way back
to Louisville, and there went to the hospital and got on de-
tached duty to clean away the filth about the tents." That
I think will be a bore on Selby as long as he lives.

Lieutenant Freeman is not very much better. He went
home and did not tell anyone he was going. The Colonel
says that he is on a very sandy foundation.

That is enough about our officers. Now a little about
Henry. You say he looks well but you did not say who was
taking care of him. I want him cared for right and then I
shall pay big for it.

If anybody is coming here, or going to send a box of
anything to the south, I wish that you would send me a towel
and a pair of gloves.

No more at present. Write soon. Direct to 90th 0.
V. I., Co. H., in care of Capt. N. F. Hitchcock, Nashville, Tenn.

Write often and don't be uneasy about me, for there is
no more danger here than there is at home.

Give my respects to all inquiring friends.

Good-bye.
ROBERT WALKER

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