Letter from Walker, Robert

Soldier: Walker, Robert
Allegiance: Union
Unit/Service Branch: 90th Infantry
Home State: Ohio
Date Written: Thursday, March 3rd, 1864
Location: Ooltewah Station, Tenn.
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Camp Life, Comrades, Home

Dear Mother,

I embrace this opportunity of writing a few lines to let
you know that I am well and hearty and still living in the
country. I hope when these lines reach you, you will be well
and hearty. It is a little difficult for me to write a letter to
you worth reading, as I have not had one from you since last
I wrote.

This is a beautiful spring day,except it is a little windy.
March came in very rough, being rainy and cold, but this
morning it cleared off and is now warm. The trees are bud-
ding and some of them are in leaf. Everything looks pros-
perous except the Rebellion, and it hardly looks at all

Mother, you were speaking about me buying the home
place. I would buy it, if it can be had on reasonable terms,
not for my own benefit, but because you need some man per-
son on the place, and if I live to get home, I will fill that
place if you desire, whether I buy it or not. I mean I will
answer for the farmer. I have been plowing and planting
potatoes down here in Dixie, but I do not expect to reap the
reward or production of the soil for my labor. I have help-
ed to plant three bushels of potatoes. I work a little to pay
for my board.

Jackson Dishong and I are still at the same house
guarding property. I Jack is well and looks better than you
"ever saw him. He is a good civil and moral man, but not re-
ligious. Religion is scarce here, even with professed Chris-
tians at home.

Bazil Gordon brought me 25 cents worth of stamps.
Also a pair of socks made of red, white and blue. They had
no stars in them but I can soon wear them in. I was very
glad to get them, mother. I have some money that I should
like for you to have, but I shall not send it by mail, unless
you are needy. Dan Henderson has sent on for a furlough.
If he gets one, I shall send by him. We drew two months'
pay, twenty-six dollars. ($26.)

I shall close for the present. Write soon and make
the girls write. If they won't write, whip them. You need
not think I have not time to read letters, for I have.