Letter from George Wallace Cummins to David Cummins - 31 MAR 1864

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Letter from George Wallace Cummins to David Cummins - 31 MAR 1864



Letter written by George Wallace Cummins to his brother David Cummins on 31 MAR 1864 when George was in Tullahoma, Tenn.


George Wallace Cummins


31 MAR 1864













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Tullahoma Tenn
March 31st 1864
David Cummins Esq
Dear Brother
I wrote to you from Nashville but as we are resting hear today I thought I would drop you a line to let you know where we was. We left Nashville on the 25th for Chattanooga-distance 200 miles. It is a big thing on the recruits but we only moved from 12 to 18 per day. So we take the march easy as Col Frank Askins says he don’t care if we are six weeks on the road to Knoxville. All troops are obliged to march from Nashville now to the frount as it takes the railroad all the time to get rashions through. The boys all stand it well. I have some bully boys in my recruits. I done my best to have old John Craig (P of?) but I could not. I could have got him through but was an order

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came through from the Adjt General not to allow any recruits to go to the frount without being payed and inspected by the mustering officer of the post. I had hard work to get Edward Faughtner through but passed him through as drummer. You tell Mr. Anderson this as he may think I did not want him along--also Mr. Trimble. I left John (Coble?) in hospital at Nashville. I am afraid that getting married spoilt him as he cannot stand the pressure. But if he gets back I will speak to him about your affair whenever we are payed off. I saw cousin Bill at Murfreesboro. He is doing a good business and making money. But if you was out off business you could come down hear and make yourself independent rich in five years just at growing cotton. Any amount of eastern men down hear in that kind of business. They rent plantations from 5 to 10 years. Every farm is plowed up for cotton.

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Tennessee looks quite different from what it did one year ago. We are having verry pleasant weather such as you have in May. The peach trees are all out in bloom and the fields begins to look green once more. I expect you are having big trade now but it is most to early for spring trade. Let me know when ever you hear from brother Abraham. When you write sende to Chattanooga Tenn. Tell Hank to take good off poor Mary Anne. By the way David, I met Mrs. Smith who was once Miss Leah Snolly of Plymouth. She was on her way to Nashville to see her husban—so she said. You may imagine what kind of time I had with her. Better than I can tell you. She lives in Bryant—Allen Co. O. Keep this cool as she has friends near home. Remember me to all my friends. Hoping to hear from you soon. I close, always your brother,

G.W. Cummins

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tell Miss “B” that I am well---George

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George Wallace Cummins, “Letter from George Wallace Cummins to David Cummins - 31 MAR 1864,” The Sherman Room Archives, accessed March 21, 2023, https://shermanroom.omeka.net/items/show/219.