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From the Hundred and Ninth.

HEADQUARTERS 109TH REG'T ILLS. VOLS.,
BOLIVAR, TENN., Nov. 23, 1862.

Editor of the Jonesboro Gazette:

As I write, the heavy beat of the drum announces the approach of battalion drill, and the boys are all in bustle buckling on their cartridge boxes and pouches, preparatory to the exercises. While you are all complaining of dull times, and impatiently watching the tedious hours drag their slow lengths along, we are enlivened by the many allurements of a soldier's life, and surrounded by the "pomp, pride and circumstances of glorious war." But perhaps the less said about our pleasant times the better. The severe duty to which our men are subjected, and the entire change of life to most of them, is having its effect. — The bad colds are beyond calculation, and the number of cases of ague and bilous diseases is becoming unpleasantly large. — Though there are but 75 sick enough to go to the hospital, we have 204 out of 900 unable for duty. Daniel Williams and Simpson Harvell died of pneumonia on Monday, and Alfred Terry of the same disease on Tuesday. All of these men belonged to company B, (Capt. McClure) and were residents of Alexander county. They were good men and obedient and faithful soldiers, and their loss is mourned by their comrades. I regret to announce the death of Thomas B. Hammond, of company A, which occurred on Thursday morning. — He was taken severely ill scarcely a week ago, of some nervous disease, and after a short but exceedingly painful sickness, his soul took its flight for the spirit land. — Young Hammond possessed a manly disposition, a warm and generous heart, unusually pleasant sociable qualities, and enjoyed to the fullest extent the respect and goodwill of all his associates. In his death his company loses a valued member, and his associates a cherished friend.

All the dead of our regiment are buried together, their graves plainly marked, that they may be easily distinguished in case their friends should desire to convey their remains to the burial place of their families. A large share of the cases in hospital are mumps, measles and jaundice; and although not dangerous, are discouraging to the men.

LATER. — Just as I reach this point in my letter, we receive orders to fix up our traps and move to Moscow, Tenn., a little town some 40 miles below here on the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. I have not learned anything about the size of the place, but understand that it is a town of no particular importance aside from being a station on the railroad. This is a sore disappointment to our boys, as we had been ordered into winter quarters at this point, and four companies had already moved over on to the ground selected for the new encampment, and were making preparations to locate here for a while. They had not finished driving their tent stakes, when the order was countermanded, and the merry whistling of the men was soon changed to diction more expressive than beautiful. — These expressions were not rendered any more complimentary on finding out that the regiment would march to its new point of destination. Our men have never yet been subjected to the fatigues of a march, and a journey of forty miles will probably be as much as they desire for a trial.

The oft-repeated command, calling the men into line, preparatory to the tramp, admonishes me that my time for writing is short. When we reach Moscow, I hope to be able to send you some items of interest.
J. E.