Letters Relating to the Civil War Service of William T. Stockton

From: Stockton, William Tennent, Papers 1845-1869, Collection M88-21

Letters Relating to the Civil War Service of William T. Stockton

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expected from such vile scamps.

I heard on yesterday that the Yankees at Knoxville had burnt the residences of some seven or eight Southern men, including Dr Croziers Mrs Coffin Mr Wallaces old place. I hear also the Pianos and furniture of all description were also burnt.

I was invited a day or two ago to dine with Lt Willie Stockton Lt Zeigler and Captain Dent, I think they had as fine a dinner as could possibly be thought of in camp. A fine Turkey graced the head of the table, and I had the pleas- ure (if it is a pleasure) of carving it with a dull knife. We are all now quietly resting near Dalton living on poor beef, bread and daily reports, waiting for something to turn up I am fearful we will yet have to fall back before we can make a successful stand. Genl Bragg has left us. Genl Hardee has assu- med Command of the army. I must certainly not forget to mention the fact that Col J J Finley has been made a Brig Genl and now commands the Flo Brg. This appointment gives very general satisfaction. He as well as his command acted with great bravery both at the battle of Chick-