1863-09-06Crab Orchard, Ky.
Crab Orchard, Ky.

Sept 6th 1863

Dear Parents

This Sabbath finds me trying to write you a few lines in answer to your most welcome letter of the 12th inst. I should have answered your letter the same evening but I had written two but a few days before so I thought I would wait until today. In my last letter I sent you $50.00. When you get that let me know. There is some prospect of our getting pay soon if we do not go to Tennessee which I hope we shall not for I don't like the idea of so long a tramp but if we go we will do the best we can. My health is very good now and most all of the boys are getting along pretty well, and if we can lay still a month or so they will all get good health again.

We get very good news from Burnside. He is driving the Rebels before him. I heard today that he had taken Knoxville but how true the report will prove I do not know but hope it is true. I hope the day is not far distant when there will not be a Rebel in arms against us. We heard that Lee had resigned. If that should prove true Mead will not have much more trouble with the Army of Virginia but I presume it is all a hoax. There is no more news of importance that I know of. I am sorry to hear that Walter is sick but it is probably better for him to be home where he can have good care than to be here where he would be obliged to lie out on the ground. I presume you probably have seen the Company rolls we have got. I got one of Col. Hills and sent to you. If it get through you must get a nice frame and place it in some conspicious place in the parlour.

I do not know that I have anything more to write that will interest you. I only wish this Cruel War would end for I am tired of this roaming life. I long to settle down in the quiet of that peaceful home I have so often wished for but so little known during the last two years, but I must bring my letter to a close, for I want to write another letter tonight. Please excuse the brevity of this and I will write the oftener. Give my regards to all enquiring friends and my choicest regards to yourselves. Write often to your ever Affectionate Son

J.D. Strait

Direct as usual