- Full Citation: Charles Harding Cox, "'Gone for a Soldier': The Civil War Letters of Charles
Harding Cox," ed. Lorna Lutes Sylvester, Indiana Magazine of History 68, no. 1 (March 1972): 24-78.
- Home: Marion County (Indianapolis)
- Year: 1862-1863
- Regiment: 70th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Co. E
- Abstract: Cox (1844-1928) wrote letters to his mother, sister, and brother-in-law throughout his service. This first half of his letters (1862-1863) describe his regiment's movements around Tennessee, taking part in no major action. Cox enjoyed hearing Indianapolis gossip and often commented on the women in his vicinity. This article also contains 2 letters from his mother to his sister worrying about Cox's decision to serve, letter facimiles, and a portrait of Cox.
- Sample Text:
- "Our present camp is a very unhealthy one. The continual breezes we get are direct from the battle field, and you can imagine how poisonous they are when I tell you of the thousand, dead bodies of men & animals to be found half buried in every direction." (early July 1863, Murfreesboro, Tenn., p. 63)
- "I saw a Nigger Brigade this morning at Estell Springs, Tenn. clothed and armed...I do not believe it right to make soldiers of them and class & rank with our white soldiers. It makes them feel and act as our equals." (Nashville, Aug. 28, 1863, p. 64)
- LC Subject Headings:
- United States. Army. Indiana Infantry Regiment, 70th (1862-1865)