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Letter from Lewis U. Beall, Company A, 18th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, to "Lay" Henry Lewellyn Bigford, written on General Sherman's official stationary: The letter also mentions Henry's older brother Royal O. Bigford who served in the 1st Wisconsin Battery. Headquarters DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE SPECIAL ORDERS Bridgeport, Alabama, December 22nd 1863 No. 1 Dear Lay, I received your very kind note last evening and hasten to answer it. I was very much pleased to hear from you, but sorry to hear that you had been sick. I am very pleasantly situated here at present, all I have to do is to take care of the mail and carry a few dispatches once in a while and in fact I do the heavy standing around business, and you know Lay, I can stand a good deal of rest. I understand that Roll [Royal Bigford] is trying to raise a mustache. Tell him I honor him in his grit. And I also understand that he wants to get married. Tell him that there is some real nice looking wenches down here, and if he wants one very bad, I will try and get one for him. Lay, I have got one of the gayest horses you ever saw, and when my time is out, I am a going to try and bring him home with me. We have a pretty hard time the other day and whipped the Rebs like the Devil. I suppose you have heard all about it long before this. I am a going to try to get a furlough after while, come home, and have a skate with you and the rest of the boys. How is Silas and his dear little wife. That family are great [at] marrying. Tell Mary she must wait for me. Tell her this war ain't always a going to last. Tell Charley Mullen and Roll to take pity on a poor soldier and drop a line to him once in a while. And also, tell your father and mother I would like to be to their house and take dinner on Christmas. Tell Bub and Sis, when I come home I will fetch them both a young Negro. As it is a getting pretty late I must close. Write soon and I am very respectfully, your obedient servant Corporal L. U. Beall By Order of Major General W. T. Sherman Corporal L. U. Beall Assistant Adjutant General Official Business Bully for the Drummer if you have any idea of getting married, let me know and I will come to the wedding.
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