Huff - Hylton families
Papers, 1803-14, 1858-82, 1975, n.d., Ms1998-001
From L.D. Hylton in Bath Co., Kentucky, to his wife, B.E. Hylton.
Bath Co Ky
Oct the 18th, 1862
I seat myself to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well at presant hoping these few lines will find you all well. I received you kind and welcom letter that you sent by Ira S. Hylton which giv me grat Satisfaction to here that you was well and that Bethny was better. I was uneasy about her untill I herd from here. I can inform you that we are started out of Kentucky to old Virginia again and I hope that providance will provide fo us untill we get out. Will have a heep harder time getting out than we did when we went in for we are low'd analy a half a pound of flower and meat per day. I think that if I get our of old KY I will stay out for there is known chance to hold the state. Ther has bin a heavy battle fought at Versails and Sharpsburg. The boys were great on both sides. The boys on our side is estimated at 10,000 the other side not known but thought to be still greater which I have know reason to doubt but what5 is grater I saw a man that was in the battle he was wound in the shoulder. He said the place that they fought was 5 kild to one. We was not in the battle. Since that thar has bin an other battle at Lancaster but I don't know how it went . the troops are all falling back and leaving the State. So will giv it up to Lincolns rule.
I want you to sell the hiefers and calf if you can or git Father to sell her for you. I think that her and the calf is worth 40 dollars but if you cant git that for them you must take bys (?) and try and git the hogs fat if you can and sell them on foot and keep 2 or 3 as you think best. I will try and come home about that time if I live. So you must do the best you can Say nothing more at present. Onley your true husband untill Deth
To B E Hylton
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