"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