April 19, 1863
My dear companion:
I am anxious to hear from
you this leves me well. We have had terrible march up and down deer creek
and rolling fork after the Yankees we took the .............mud and water
like other stock wading and we came in contact with the enemy time and
again and have heard the bullets and guns and can hear booms and shels
fall all around. I feel that the providence of God has spared me
and ye to hope of going home and seeing you and the little ones again.
Deer done pray for me that I may have grace to bear me safe thru the war
and that my happy return may not be far distant till I can see you again.
We live with out tents or anything of the kind, we get plenty to eat hear.
Dear Love write soon as this come to hand and let me know how you are making
out for a living. The Yankees burnt up everything where they were...corn...homes....steam
mills fodder dwellings killed stock and everything as they came to it.
They dun a great dale of damage in this country. We are between Yazoo and
the Mississippi Rivers. Direct your letters as before. Dear Love don't
think hard of my not writing for I can't get paper. Tell all the connection
howdy for me, kiss the baby. Tell Martha to be a good little girl. Tell
George to be a good little boy. I must close.
D.H. Campbell to Elizabeth