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This letter is written in ink on both sides of the small piece of paper. Henry Lingle Waldrip wrote to his cousin Francis Marion Cowherd on March 23, 1862, giving "Tenn. River" as his location. Henry wrote: "My health is tolerable good but am afflicted with the same disease I was when we left home ... We are told that the whole rebels are fortifying within 40 miles of us. We understand they have 100,000 but I would advise them to evacuate and move back to island No. 10 for we are going to march on them in a short time. I can't tell nothing that has been done for the last paper I saw was dated March 5th. I'm getting dreadful tired of this war business and I begin to want this dreadful affair ended. You must do a good part by the girls keep them waiting if possible our return before they marry for every letter we get speaks of some one forsaking us. However, I am not displeased with any so far. We think of being home in about 28 months sooner as later maybe sooner and I want you to tell the moment just to hold on for Jo and and I am going to be on the look out for one a piece when we get back. We haven't seen but one woman since we came up the river. She was a beauty... if they have many such in this country we may stay here. ... I hope that before we write again that you will hear of our wolloping the rebels somewhere in this state or Alabama." He signed the letter: "Your Cousin, Henry L. Waldrip."
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Henry Lingle Waldrip enlisted in the Union Army several months before his cousin, Marion Cowherd. After the Civil War, Dr. Waldrip practiced medicine in Dubois, Indiana. He died in Orleans, Indiana.
William Harrison Cowherd, father of Marion, lived in West Baden, Indiana, during the Civil War.
Francis Marion Cowherd enlisted on August 6, 1862, in Orleans, and was mustered into service on August 19, 1862, at New Albany. He was a private in Company E, 66th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He is buried in grave 465, section 4, Memphis National Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee.
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