Excerpt from Mexican War Letters of Col. William Bowen Campbell of Tennessee, Written to Governor David Campbell of Virginia, 1846-1847: With Introduction and Notes
I am now on my way to the 'rio Grande and have with me five com panics of my Regiment, the other seven having g... one on ahead. I will join them on Saturday in New Orleans. The boat will touch at Mem= phis and I will write you a few lines to keep you advised of my where abouts and condition. All my affairs are moving on very well and I think I shall have a very fine Regiment when I get to Matamoras.3 I go directly on to Genl. Taylor's camp and shall remain no longer in New Orleans than the transports can be had, which I hope will be ready on my arrival there. I 'have now such a crowd and so much confusion yet that I cannot write much now. My men seem willing to obey and to be governed and all are getting on well. I will write you from New Orleans. Direct your letters to me at New Orleans to the care of Messrs. Allison, Allen and Cd, who will forward them to me.
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