From the 119th Regiment.
Friend Snyder: When I last wrote our Regiment was on a tramp to Huntingdon, Tenn. The result was the same as the renowned expedition of a certain King of France, "who marched up the hill with twenty thousand men, and then marched down again." It was supposed by some that Van Dorn was about to cross the Tennessee River, but if he ever had such an intention he did not attempt to carry it into effect. The unusual height of the Tennessee and the loss of his boats at Savannah, probably deterred him. The roads were very muddy, and the men unused to marching, but they stood it very well, although they had to live six days on three days rations.
The Regiment had hardly returned to Humboldt, before we received marching orders; and took the cars for Jackson, where we staid over night, sleeping on the cars and platforms, or wherever we could find a place to lie down. The next morning we left for Grand Junction, where we arrived about noon. We expected to go to Davis' Mills; but were informed that we were Brigaded with the 48th, 49th, and 103d Regiment of Ill. Vols.; and were ordered to report to Col. Sanford of the 48th, commanding the Brigade, at Germantown, Tenn. We now add to the former style of our firm 4th Brigade, 1st Division, 16th Army corps. Gen. Denver, formerly of Kansas, commands the Division. We staid over night at Grand Junction, and the next day reported at Germantown, and were ordered on duty, guarding the Railroad to Memphis. Three companies are at White's Station, five miles west of Germantown, and ten miles from Memphis. Cos. B., H, and I. are at White's. The remainder of the Regiment are at Buntyn Station, five miles from Memphis. We are camped near the Fair Grounds in a very good, healthy location; have plenty of rations and but little to do. We expect the paymaster this week, and will be resigned to our lot, if we receive our pay in full, but have got so used to going without money that we shall hardly know how to use it.
The weather is very warm, and as much like May in Illinois as it can be. Peach trees are in full blossom, and the springing grass is very tempting to the few cattle that are left in this country. The birds are singing all around us; robins, meadow larks, and almost every bird common in the North in any season, are here, besides many others never seen in the North.
There is a very general impression here that we shall go to Vicksburg soon. If we do, you may expect to hear a good account of us. We have received no letters from home for several weeks; but hope soon to receive a regular daily mail. Letters from home form the most agreeable episodes in the life of a soldier; and when we are deprived of them we consider it quite an unnecessary aggravation.