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Tuesday Evening Jany 24 62.
Banks Tennessee River 60 Miles from Paduca
My Dear Annie
Here I am in Tennessee and in camp on the River Bank. we  here about an hour ago after as hard  as I ever had the pleasure of seeing  + ever want to see again. We l Paducah on last Wednesday and  two days got along very w Roads were good and the wea cold. on the third day it commced raining and all that day it poured down a little harder than ever I saw it before. The Roads became so bad that it was nearly impossible for our Waggon Trains to get along. We only succeeded in getting a mile ion that day and that only after very hard work. Just imagine yourself wading through the mud [p2] three feet deep and plunging through streams when the Water would come up to your Neck and then you will have in your mind what we have come through. At one place we had to stop and build a Bridge to cross a Stream. it was raining very hard and the stream was raising very fa we had got about half of our int across when the Water  of the bridge and drowned  of our horses. We had the  trouble in getting along our p Train, for in some places the Horses + Wagons would go down in the Mud very nearly out of sight, and then we would have to get about five hundred men to pry them out.
Our Paducah force consists of about Eight Thousand Men and we expect to be found to morrow by Gen Grant from Cairo with [p3] twelve or fifteen thousand more. We expect to attack Fort Henry which is ten Miles from here on the River and contains about Fifteen Thousand rebels. This place is an old United States fort and is very strongly fortified and I suppose we will have some strong fighting to take it. After we take it I think we will probably go on to Nashville which is about one hundred Miles from here. After going through all the fatigue and exposure of the last week, I still enjoy excellent health, and am troubled with nothing but sore feet which are nearly worn out with our long Marches. We generally march Fifteen Miles a day start about eight in the morning and pitch our Tents about Five in the Evening. we get nothing [p4] to eat but Hard Bread and fat Bacon, and Coffee to drink. The nights are pretty cold and we suffer some with the cold and very often have to go out of our Tents along in the Nights and wrap a Blanket aroundusme and lay down by the camp fire.
I am going to send this down to Paducah on a Boat which leaves here to Night, and am uncertain whether it will ever reach you. I wish you would write me every week and direct to Paducah and they will be forwarded to me whenever there is a chance to send it. I will write you as often as I can find a way to get it forwarded to a Town where there is a Post office. Do not forget dear Annie to write me and believe me ever yours. I often think of you and wish I could see you and hope I may soon
Yours forever DPGrier