Near Kellys Ferry Tenn Nov 10 1863

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Near Kellys Ferry Tenn Nov 10 1863

Dear Wife
…we are in the valley of Lookout mountain the top of which is in possession of the rebs from which they daily throw a few shells at our trains or camps but seldom doing any damage we are about 4 miles from Chattanooga which lies on the other side of the mountain & up the river. our camp lies on the sid of a lower ridge which practically secures it from the batteries on the top of the mountain the country is rough and mountainous with an occasional valley large enough for farm or two the soil of which is verry rich but poorly cultivated the inhabitants live in miserable log houses that tl1eir fore fathers built & probably think they cannot be bettered everything denotes a want of that thriftness and enterprise to be seen in the free states…
J C Griswold