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Letter of H. Janis to Dr. Jules [Jules F. Janis], July 29, 1861

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Identifier: D05171

Title: Letter of H. Janis to Dr. Jules [Jules F. Janis], July 29, 1861

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Discusses unsettled conditions in southeast Missouri.



Transcription: Tuesday Morning, July 29 1861

Dr. Jules

I had written you a long letter yesterday, given you a full Statement of the progress of the war in this section of country, but unfortunately[?] just a I was about closing my letter, I happened to hear in Turn a call to arms, arms, from which you may judge that I did not take time to close my letter, but tore it up in a hurry for fear the Soldiers might lay their hands on it [and] made my way to the court house as fast as my poor legs could carry me, [and] on reaching the court house I feared the whole place in full motion, some runing north [and] some South, the people appeared to be in a perfect Stampeed, and it was sometime before I could find out the cause of the uproar, at least I was told that an express had arrived in Tune, bring the news that Soldiers were within six miles from our place on a force march, which news sett every body in motion[?] to prepared for the coming of Uncle Abe’s soldiers, some were engaged in putting away what little bacon they had, with othe[other?] valuable others were runing after their horses to take them to the mountain[?], while families left their home [and] made track for the Mines, Mrs.Duchuputt[?] [and] Mrs Herald with all their children, as well as Mrs Aubuchon [and] family who had run off from Iron Ton[Ironton] where among the fugitives they even packed poor old Mrs Vallй that came hardly more from her bed, so you may judge what kind of Stampeed we had, but fortunately every one at home[?] took the matter very cool, being called to arms so often of late that we are getting somewhat accustomed to such call, and what made the affair worst is that we had in Toun and in the neighborhood that day upwards of one hundred men that had assembled in Toun to go [and] join Watkins Company, they had not gone three miles out of Toun when they heard of the coming of the Soldiers, so that they call a halt, [and] had a concil of war, upon which they decided to turn back, and they came within a mile of the Toun and took a Stand, waiting for the Soldiers to come, but no Soldiers made their appearances so that the whole affair proved to have been a false alarm the nearest Soldiers to our place on that day were on cedar creek 12 to 15 miles from our place; it was indeed very fornuate that the whole affair turn out the way it did, for the Boys were all determined Devils [and] they were all prepared to give a good receptions if the Soldiers had come, so ended the memorable day of the 28th of July 1861. to day the Boys are all gathering in Toun to make an othe[r] Start for Watkins Camp, from all appearances I am afraid that we shall have a big fight before long not very far from our place, the troops are fortifying themselves at the knob. Some 28 hundred soldiers landed there yesterday [and] the say more are coming in they must have in camp near S. Thurmans men, they have extended their picket guard as far as the Shuttin, they allow no one to leave or come to Ironton [and] the Knob, so that our communication in that direction is now cut off for the present, but I supposed it will not remain so long, there are a thousand troops that are no great distance, waiting I suppose to be reinforce by Watkins men [and] the Tennesse[Tennessee] Boys who they say are coming on to join them, you may look out to hear of an other such battle such as the one fought in Virginia, our Boys have their dander up [and] nothing will cool them down but a good fight, even to John Vallй little Boy [and] Pony allow started Started with the men for the fight, so you may judge what kind of Soldiers we have, I assure they dont like[lack?] curage on their part, We have some confounded fool Union men on cedar creek that are causing all the truble in our country by piloting the Soldiers through the country [and] shutting out their our neighbors who are Secessionist[?]...

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
Missouri

Dates: 1861-07-29

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Janis, H.

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865

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