July 25, 1862
We have just got our camp pitched after a tedious march of 5 days. We have such a nice place on the Memphis and Charleston Railroad on the fairground. There is such good water and in a healthy country. We passed through the best country you ever saw. I never saw a finer or better in all my marches. After we left Mississippi, we came into this state. We passed only two towns. The first was Burnsville. It was a small place and hardly anyone lived in it. It is on the railroad. The next one was Iuka on the same railroad. It is such a nice place. There is such fine houses ad there is a good many people there and plenty of Uncle Sam’s boys. We can’t go anywhere but you find them.
There is 3 [of] the finest springs in the South. They’re fixed up with arbors and bathing houses. There must have been a public resort for the Southern Chivalry but Uncle Sam’s boys will enjoy the springs this summer. I could tell you a great deal if I had time but I sat down to let you know where we was and that I got the letter and the boy’s likeness in it while we was on the march. I was so proud of them. Tell the boy I kissed him and I will bring him a fiddle for sending me his likeness.
I will write again tomorrow and tell you lots. I do not write as often as I would if I had the time. I am a going to write Clark a long history of the south and send him as soon as I get time. Send me yours and Ann’s likeness in one case and some stamps. Prior says tell you he is well. Ben is tolerable well.
I must write and let Dike know where I am so I must quit for tonight. I will send you my sergeant’s commission in the next letter. Direct to Tuscumbia, Alabama. 60th Regt. Ills. Vols., care of Capt. Evans, 1st Division, 2nd Brigade. This is all now. In the next I will tell you plainer and shorter how to direct.
So goodbye for tonight. From your loving, — Quince
To his Cate Adams.