12 October 1863


Knoxville, Tennessee
October 12th 1863

My dear mother,

We have had a battle at Blue Springs on the 10th inst., and drove the enemy. I was with the company until dark when I was ordered to assist Lieut. [Henry S.] Robinson from the field, he having been wounded in the head. I assisted him to the hospital a mile or more distant, and at his request have been with him ever since. The surgeon removed a piece of skull from his head and he is now doing well. We left the hospital at Blue Springs yesterday morning and came by cars here. The wounded are in the Leaf & Lamb Asylum and are receiving good care.

Col. [Arthur A.] Goodale was wounded in the leg. I shall go back to the regiment tomorrow morning. We have had no mail for a long time having been away from camp and having had no chance to send letters.

There is to be considerable fighting for a fortnight to come, I think. And when we get through, I will write you a long letter about it. Love to all. Yours in haste. — Charley

P. S. I am alright and have not been sick.

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