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    "Nov. 4. 1863"
    Recruiting Office, U.S.C.G.
    Nashville, Tenn Nov. 4 63

    Dear Martha,

    I received the middle of the
    week letter this morning. I thank you for
    your congratulation in regaurd to my
    new office. Yes it is a great deal pleas-
    enter than being a subordinate. Of couse
    we are all under Major Stearns, but then
    he likes to have his agent manage things in
    a great measure according to thier own ideas.
    He has scarcely been in the office since
    it has been open and has not one since
    I have had controll of it. Yesterday I
    worked most all day drawing my ration
    of coal. I am allowed 30 bushells a month.
    First I had to get the blanks at the
    quarter master’s then had to make out the
    requisition, get it approved by Major Stearns
    then approved by Cap. Isam the Q.M. Then
    get the order for the coal. Then to get
    an order from Capt Perkins Q. M. for a
    cart to haul the coal, then take the
    order to the Head Waggoner, and get a teams
    and the team to the government coal
    yards, and have it brought to the
    office, and lastly get a man to
    get the coal in. The next thing is
    to burn it, and that will finish
    up the coal question, untill next month
    the same opperation has to be gone through
    with again. I also drew my stationery
    for the quarter and that takes almost as
    much work. I am allowed for the quarter

    six quirs of paper, one hundred envelopes,
    two pen holders, twenty four pen, four ouces of
    sealing wax. ¼ quire of blooting paper, which
    in the whole is not enough to last a man
    one month. However it is good as far
    as it goes. Though the quality is poor enough.
    This is a sheet of it. [Marks (a row of xs) fill the rest of the line.]

    Thirsday, Nov. 5th, 1863.

    I had no more time to write yesterday
    because one hundread and twenty six men
    came in from Stevenson and I had to
    attend to them. I started them off for
    Gallatin at 2 oclk this morning. I got
    them all right and aboard the cars at
    3, and then I went home and went
    to bed again. The 2d Reg has all left
    here and the head quarters of the 3rd
    is at Gallatin about 30 miles up the R.R.
    on the way to Louisville, and I have to
    send all men up there now. All the freight
    train the only ones that I can get trans-
    portation on leave in the morning between
    three and six. And that is rather a
    humbug. I received the bundle all right
    on Monday and was very much pleased
    with the contents, as for me I was very
    much surprised that my over coat was in
    such a good state. It looks a great deal
    better than I expected. I am much oblidged
    to Lizzie for the neck ties. I think they are
    all very fine and will last me a long
    time. Those two that were made for
    me at Pigeon Cove I have worn till now.
    I am glad you sent my blue shirt it

    looked like home to see it. It was very
    kind in you to send the novels. I have
    read Les Miserables, but I am going to
    give it to one of the hospitals, where I
    think it will be appreciated.

    The bundle directed to my name came
    through just as quick as the one direc-
    ted to the Major so if you send any
    thing else to me direct it to me in
    person. Enlistments are more rapid
    now than ever before. The people of Tenn.
    are comming to thire scences. You know
    that the government pays each loyal mas-
    ter $300.00 for each slave enlisted.

    Slavery is dead in this state, and the
    masters all begin to see it. They begin to
    bring thire slaves here and get a receipt
    for him. But we have the masters
    in one thing. They are oblidge to take
    thire oath that they have never in any
    way aided the rebellion. There is hardly
    one that can take that oath, for if
    they are not rebells now they have been

    I enclose the voucher that we give
    them for thire slave, made out with
    imaginary names of course so you can see
    what they have to swear too. But if they
    don’t get the voucher, we get the man, for
    the masters have no power to stop them
    They can walk off in board day, from under
    thire masters noses and he can not say
    a word. I have not given one yet
    for I cannot find the man that can
    take the oath at the top. I like that!

    I had a letter from Bradford this morning
    which I shall answer soon. I did not
    not know that Burnham was killed
    down hear. I should so have liked so
    to have seen him when his battery passed
    through here to the front over a month
    ago. I am glad if you like Willie
    again. It would take more than a
    song, to bring me round. Annies letter
    is as full as usual of the news that
    I like to hear. I am glad that Geo
    Butrick has gone in a negro regiment.
    People seem to be coming round to
    niggars fighting. What is Humphrey Buttrick
    raising a company for, though I suppose
    it is for one of the vetrans regiments.
    What do people say about the draft.
    I suppose I am exempt. If my work
    here does not exempt me, my being in
    the service last march will. It rains
    here most of the time now and the days
    are so warm that we do not need fires.
    I sent some Money in my last letter $50,
    write as soon as you receive it.
    Mr. Spooner, who had charge in Phila, ar-
    rived here last night. He is to take
    charge while the Major is at home. Mr
    Spooner knew you, he used to go to school
    to Aunt Sarah in Waltham. I am much
    oblidged to Bradford & Ripley for sending
    me papers. I think this is a pretty long
    letter. I will never write another on such
    poor paper.

    Good bye, Love to all
        Yours truly
    Edw. J. Bartlett