Newt Nash wrote his wife Mollie back in Mississippi on Sept 16:
I received your verry loving letter sent me by [Private] Mike Hubbert which gave me much pleasure as well as pain. I am sorry to learn that you have not received my letters for I have written ten or twelve since I parted from you at Corinth.
There is something wrong about the mails in leaving this place. I think some of my letters will be received by you yet. If not you must not think hard of me, my love, for I think I have done my duty in the way of writing letters. I have written to you what I need in three letters in order that you may be certain to know what is necessary for you to do.
If the company is to be uniformed in gray I wish mine the same if it is not too much trouble to you. You can exchange with some of the ladies the brown for the grey. If not I will gladly receive my suit of brown from your always willing hands with pleasure.
Well, my love, this is rather late in my letter to tell you about my health but better now than never. I have been in fine health ever since [Mollie’s brother] Mat left here. I am fatter than you ever saw me. I have not had the slightest pain. The health of the company is still improving. [Private Needham L.] McWorter and [Private] Jim Moore are the only ones here that are much sick, but I think they will get well if well-nursed.
I am sorry to hear of the probable failure of the cotton crop, but hope for the better. If it is clear and dry we may yet make an average crop. I am glad you sold the old corn for the corn that is on the ground will do to feed on until gathering time, if gathered up. I wish you would have it gathered as soon as it is dry enough to keep.
If my hogs are kept together [and] do well, we will have a good deal for sale if we don’t farm next year. If I don’t get back in time to make a crop, we had better break up and not attemt to farm, and then all we have will be for sale or dispose of in some way.
Whin you go home have the horses fed on grass and other green food as long as it is worth feeding in order to save corn. The new ground will be good for pasture until frost for the calves and mules, but it will be some trouble to have them watered. You could have a trough put in side the field and water carried from that wet place near the gate. Will be less trouble to [do] that I think. But you can manage as you think best.
I hope we will make a fine crop of potatoes. I hope you will be able to get along without so much trouble as is anticipated by some. I had better tell you again what I need for the winter for fear my letters that I have written before do not come to hand: 1 pr pants, 1 coat, 2 pr drawers, 2 dark overshirts, 2 flannel undershirts, socks & handchfs. I want side pockets in both sides of my coat on the inside. I have bought me a pair of shoes as my old ones have given out and I could not wait for you to send them.
[Chaplain] Mr. Farish is in camps doing nothing as usual. Barksdale has not resigned. The privates got up a petition for him to vacate his place but he says he will keep command of the regiment at all hazards. I have just now learned that he is now in town so drunk he don’t know any thing. He has ruined himself in the estimation of the whole regiment. I don’t know or have any idea what will become of the regiment unless we can get [illegible].
Well Darling I have no thing big of importance to write: no war news afloat [illegible] but it is my opinion we will see some hard fighting soon. Darling you must not get uneasy about me for it is not of any use or benefit to you. I will try and take care of myself the best I can and you must do the same. I know you are verry much concerned about me when I’m so much exposed but to no use.
It will try [illegible] remember my promises and [illegible] trust in a kind [illegible] that our lives may be preserved and we bee permitted to meet again. I will close by sending my love to all and verry much love and kisses for yourself. For the present good bye my sweet wife.
(You can make photocopies of Newt’s letters to Mollie at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in Jackson, MS.)