OLD CIVIL WAR LETTER WRITTEN BY JONATHAN FRANCIS AGEE:
Camp near Corinth in Mississippi April the 6 – 1862 J.F. Agee to his father and mother and sister
Dear father and mother and sister and brother and to all in living friends one and all it is with great pleasure that I take my seat on the old bench to let you know that I am yet alive and in good health as you could expect for solders in a swampy country like this Mississippi. I am well not boasting but I have that I have fun and am thankful to the lord for it.I have not got anything of importance to write to you only than I want to see you very bad.One and only this day was one month ago we was in the battle at Shiloh in Tennessee.We did not lose any of our boys in our company.Some of them were wounded but are all getting well. You have wrote four letters sense the battle but on of them has not started yet.The first one Isent by Maj Dilard and he said that he would give it to my commander Paterson and I heard that he had got threw all danger.I want you to all remember me for I have not forgot you nor would I ever expect to as long as I live.I hope that you and me would see each other some day. We are expecting of a fight for every day.We lay out on picket on Sunday night.We was expecting of an attack but it didn’t so I do notknow when there will be a fight whether at town or not.I want you to come out here if you can sometime this summer and if you cannot.I want you to write me ever chance for it is with great satisfaction to me to here from you.I sometime take the letters you have sent me and read them before I write.It is good to read the one that you sent by William Gerry.I have some hopes of getting back though there is not any telling butyou read in your letter that if we did not meet in with any more. That you had some hope of meeting in that world where there is not any more parting.It is my fear to the Lord that we may meet in heaven where there is no more parting, where is no more sin nor sorrow and there we can walk the new girl saints and sing what grate things the lord had done for us. He having bled three dreadful hours, in dreadful rain that we all sinners might live.I sometimes take my book in hand and read sometimes I find a blessing, It is seldom.few (who) read and who shall be able to hand (write).I must bring my few lines to a close. May the lord of all has to be with your only breath now and forever law remains your son until death.I am sorry to part with one so dear to me as you are. I hope that you will not forget to pray for your son and brother and sisters for I think of you both night and day.
So good by for all.J F Agee.
ToD.B. Agee and AM. Agee, E.J. Agee S.M. Agee, SE Agee, SH D---, M.P. Agee, G.A. Agee, A.P. Agee, WR Agee, ---------------not forgot your names.
Note:This letter of Jonathan Francis Agee was deciphered in November 2002 by James Dean Taylor (great grandson of J.F. Agee) from a photo copy of an old 1862 hand written letter found in J.F. Agee’s daughter Cleora Victorine (Agee) Taylor Anderson old personal items.