Letter from Scott, James

Soldier: Scott, James
Allegiance: Union
Unit/Service Branch: 23rd Infantry
Home State: Wisconsin
Date Written: Thursday, November 13th, 1862
Location: Shelbyville, Ky.
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Camp Life, Comrades, Contraband, Daily Life, Family, Friends, On the March, Rumors, Western Theater
Camp on the road near Shelbyville, Ky.

We are again comfortably camped. We have plenty of straw so we will sleep sound tonight. We started from Frankfort this morning at 7 o'clock and pulled for Shelbyville a distance of 22 miles but came to good camping ground 3 miles east of Shelbyville making 18 miles. We passed through two Villages, the first 5 miles west of Frankfort, a miserable little town of mostly negroes, by the name of Bridgeport. The next was the best looking place I have saw for some time. There was the most whites and the best looking girls I have seen in any of the small villages although Ky. women are generally very good looking and dressed very neat, but expensively and rather old fashion. We are tolerable tired but not any worse than we were last night.

Nov. 14, 1862

Camp on the road 16 miles from Louisville

We are once more fixed for a night's lodging. We marched about 18 mi. today. The boys are getting used to it and it don't weary us so much as it did at first. We passed through three villages today, the first by the name of Shelbyville, a large business place. I guess you can find it on the map so you can trace out the route traveled. The next two was rather insignificant by the names of Simpsonville & Boston. We have a beautiful place to stay tonight. The ground is level and we have plenty of straw. I was on the rear guard today so O did not get into camp for some time after the Brigade and when I got it they had our tent pitched and about deep of straw. I have stood marching a great deal better than I expected I would. I believe I am the toughest in the family and as tough as any in the Company.

Louisville, Nov. 16th, 1862

We got into town yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock somewhat tired for five days steady marching on these pikes is not very easy done and how long we will stay here is more than I can tell anything about and the object in bringing us to this place I don't fully understand. I have an idea that we are going down the river after we get rested awhile. I think we will be here for a week or ten days for the quarter master hada lot of straw brought in for us last night for which we were very thankful. The talk is that we will get our pay but how it is I can't tell. There is a lot of clothing ordered for this Reg. today and it will be sometime before we get it. I got a letter from you this morning dated the 10th i which you stated that you heard that we were gone to Tenn., but we are not, but I expect we will go there when we leave here. I think farming was a poor paying institute from the way that our crops turned out. I have not much to write today. We have not got fixed up yet. I shall write in a day or two again. The boys are all well and feel well judging from appearance. The next time you write Direct to Louisville, Ky. No more at present.

Yours truly,

James Scott
To Miss M.J. Scott