Soldier's letter from prison to family member mentioning that he is sick



Date Written

Oct. 4, 1864

History Referenced

Member of Series

Jonathan Gibson Taylor was 25 years old when this was written.
Jonathan Gibson Taylor died 10 days after writing it.
It was written 158 years, 11 months, 29 days ago.
It was a Tuesday.

B.K No. 75 Rock Island Illinois

October /64

Dear Mag.

I received your letter the 10th Sept. in which you stated that the cause of your postponement was that you suffered from a boil on your arm. I know how to sympathize with you for I have experienced the same from boils. You were amused when you came to where I went to the bottom, it was not so much coolness but necessity caused me to exert my physical and mental capacities with all haste. Tell Sis & Millie that I have received their letters of the 19th and 21th.

I am sorry to hear that George is still sick & that George Ed has sore eyes and expect that Pa's health is very bad from what Sister wrote. I am not well myself at present have taken cold & had a chill. We got a stove to put in our B.K., think I will recover in a day or two.

I met with good many ladies at Fayetteville Tenn. & Calhoun Georgia, went to several parties at C. & two at F. The ladies of Tenn. are more like those of Ky. Those of Geo. cut their hair very short which I think is abominable. I received two letters from Pen__ and he said he was going to Shelbyville to a man by the name of Mr. Dodd. I wrote to him last week. I heard that cousin Hugh had been married but had not heard of his death but think I heard that Cous. Sue had died.

Mag. You must excuse this badly written letter for I am chilly and nervous. Give my love to all my relations & friends & accept a great deal from

Gibson Taylor

Scans of Letter