John Q. Adams, 28 June 1864

Camp in the Field, Georgia
June 28th 1864

Dear Kate,

Your kind and welcome letter of the 18th & 19th came to hand last night and found me in bad health. I have been very unwell for several days and yesterday our Division was put in front again (but I had forgot to tell you we left the front of Kennesaw Mountain and are now some 3 or 4 miles to the right and rear of it) and was ordered to charge. Gen. [James D.] Morgan’s Brigade ¹ (ours) was put in the ditches in front lines. Col. [Daniel] McCook’s & [John G.] Mitchell‘s Brigades charged the Rebels works but did not take them but one within 75 yards of them and have thrown up breastworks and are ready for another. The charge cost us some 400 killed and wounded, besides Lt. Col. [James M.] Shane of the 98th Ohio, Col. Dan McCook wounded, ² and another Colonel [Oscar F. Harmon] I forgot his name.

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Col. Daniel McCook was mortally wounded in the fighting at Kennesaw Mountain

I got overheat[ed] in the ditches and had to come to the rear last night and have been taking medicine all day and have been very sick but feel some better since my medicine has operated. I am going to rest a few days until I get better for I am run down and am not fit for anything. Today is 58 days this army has been on the move and skirmishing a good portion of the time and it is almost worn out. But there is no halt until we get Atlanta and God knows how soon that will be but we will have to rest soon or our hospitals will be full of sick. It’s astonishing how the men have stood it so long without any rest, but nature cannot hold out always. But we hope for the best.

Don’t be uneasy about me for I am determined to take care of No. 1 and let others do the same. Newt still has the ague but is around yet. Write soon and often. Don’t put Chattanooga, Tenn. on your letters but 14th Army Corps in the field. Leave Chat. Tenn. but put all the rest. Goodbye for this time.

Your loving Quince

To his Kate & Boy

Send me some postage stamps. I am glad Mr. Neadham is security. I think he is better than Waggoner or Doc Smith at least. I am better satisfied. We had 2 men mortally wounded in our regiment today by a shell. They belonged to Co. K. Our company has lost none since we left the front of Kennesaw Mountain. Excuse bad writing for I am very unwell indeed.

Your Quince

Kiss the boy and tell him his Pa never forgets his darling boy.


¹ Brig. General James D. Morgan‘s brigade consisted of the 10th, 16th, and 60th Illinois and the 10th and 14th Michigan Regiments.

² Daniel McCook, Jr. (1834-1864) was mortally wounded in the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain fought on 27 June 1864. It was the most significant frontal assault launched by Sherman during the Atlanta Campaign. McCook was said to have received his mortal wound while standing on the parapet of the Rebel works and shouting, “Surrender, you traitors!”

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