Letter from Walker, Robert

Soldier: Walker, Robert
Allegiance: Union
Unit/Service Branch: 90th Infantry
Home State: Ohio
Date Written: Thursday, December 15th, 1864
Location: Nashville, Tennessee.
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Comrades, Enemy, Home

Dear Sister,

With pleasure I acknowledge the receipt of your letter
of the 6th, which found me well. I hope these few lines will
find you enjoying good health.

For the last few days we have had some old-fashioned winter, down here in the Sunny South, but it is getting con-
siderably warmer than what it was.

This December finds us on the same camping ground
we occupied two years ago, but the Rebs are some closer to
us now than they were then. There has not been a December
since we have been in the service, but what we have been at
Nashville. Last winter we were here with prisoners.

Harriet, I had almost come to the concluson that you
were either all dead, or else had no paper on which to write,
for I could not hear anything of you at all for several weeks.
But at last I got a few lines from mother, written on a sheet
which I had written on while at Chattanooga. Then I knew
it was for the want of paper, that I did not get any letters
from home. When I got that one from her, I thought as it
had been over the road twice and had only two letters on it, I
would write another and send it back again. So I wrote two
lines and sealed it up ,but before the mail went out, I came
to the conclusion that sense had better rule passion instead of
passion rule sense, so I burnt the letter and wrote another one.

Billy McClurg has got back to the regiment. He left
us in August. When he left I told him to bring me a hat,
but he stayed at home so long that I gave up his coming back,
and I sent home for one. I did not need it, so I let Thomas
Turner have it.

I expect to stay in the army as long as the war lasts,
but not as a soldier. I have a sight for getting a detail in the
commissary department as a clerk. I have been examined
and have got my recommendation. If I get that I shall stick
to it after my time is out. I would not get any extra wages
while I am a soldier, but after my time would be out I could
get seventy-five dollars per month. Do not say anything
about it to any one, for fear I slip up on my calculations. I
shall know about it in a couple of weeks.

I shall close for the present. Write soon.

I remain, your brother,


P. S. Now forget not my request, and do not show
this to anyone outside of the family, except James.

[Historian's Note. This letter was never mailed, as the writer was mortally wounded on the same day that he wrote it. He was
taken to the field hospital at Nashville, where he died, aged
23 years and 29 days. The two following letters explain his