Transcribed and Contributed by Tom Busby
Great Great Grandson of V. W. Sargent, Company F.
Moscow, Tenn July 19th, 1863
I received your letter No 15 today which found me well and glad to hear from you and I hope this will find you well allso. I am stout and healthy and have ben so far and hope I shall be while I am in the army for it is a bad place to be sick. It is not very hot here. It has ben clowdy for two or three days back but the sun has come out today in all its glory. There has nothing happined here laitly. We have to go on picket every third day and drill a little every day so you see we have a little exersize. The news still continues to be good. I think that I shall be home in less than 6 months (at the outside) if I am alive. I can get a furlough I expect after a while if I want. They are furloughing for 30 days now but I think that I shall not take one. Sam R is a wrighting to his wife today. He is pretty well. I expect that we will get pay pretty soon and settle up with the government to se who has drawn more than their $40 worth of clothing. I expect that I have drawn about $33 worth. I will get the money for what I do not draw.
I got the letter that you wrote on the creek. I will try and get a pass to go to Memphis and see Darwin but then I don't know what hospital he is in and I might hunt there all day and not find him for there is 10 or 15 hospitals there and if he was ded I could
NOTE: this is the only part of this letter that I can be sure belongs together. I have other partial letters that I cannot be sure which belong to which. TB