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While Father is Away
The Civil War Letters of William H. Bradbury

Excerpted from While Father is Away: The Civil War Letters of William H. Braadbury by Jennifer Cain Bohrnstedt, Editor and Kassandra R. Chaney, Compiler. University Press of Kentucky ©2003. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.


"Chattanooga
July 27th, 1864
My dear wife,

You will perceive from the heading of this that I am at Chattanooga. I obtained the position I have been seeking so long and am now with the Judge Advocate on Gen. Thomas' staff. I get 40 cents a day or $12 a month extra and 40 cents a day in place of rations which will enable me to get wholesome & comfortable board. I have a good place to sleep in the office. I think I shall be as comfortable as I was at Bowling Green and out of reach of those pesky guns.

My last letter to the Tribune was dated Vining's Station on the Chattahoochie River July 26. The previous ones were 19th, 21st & 23rd. I shall still write occasionally to the Tribune perhaps three or four times a month. . .

I shall probably stay here a month when I shall again go to the front. I wish you would send me about $5. I have not got a cent until I receive my regimental pay in a short time now. . . I received the tooth brush & everything else you sent. I think if I had staid much longer at the front, I should have had the scurvy or some skin disease. I hope the children are better. I send my best love to them & you. I will write again when I hear from you.

Your afft. husbd.
WmHBradbury"