Jonas H. Roe
June 18, 1862

[portrait of Maj. Gen. Halleck]   1862
  Pocahontas June 18th
My dear Celina    
         Through the goodness of our heavenly father I am again blessed with an opportunity of conversing with you upon paper the only method of communicating my thoughts to you I received yesterday your kind letter bearing date June 2nd and I assure you that it was thankfully received I was so very anxious to hear from you to hear that you and our dear Children are well tell the children that I love them and think of them daily I want them to love and obey their mother that if they are good children they will have Earthly friends and God will love and bless them abundantly. We are still remaining here but we do not know how soon we will leave for Batesville it is now reported that some skirmishing is going on now almost daily in the vicinity of Batesville and it is generally believed that we will have a big fight in the neighborhood of Batesville soon we have some thirty thousand soldiers that can be brought in action if needed if it goes off I expect to join in it without doubt. We take some prisoners almost daily and we do occasionally have one taken we had one taken about three days since by Jeff. Thompson's men it was caught beyond our Picket Guards I am Corporal of the Picket guard to day I am on similar duty every third day. I informed you a short time ago, in fact I think that I stated in almost all of our my last letters that I thought there would be but little fighting in Arkansas but judging from present news I think that they will have get another big wippin like the one they got at Red Ridge last fall they lost there in killed and wounded three thousand which they admit. The Telegraph line is in operation from St. Louis to Batesville by Pocahontas and we get direct information from the seat of the war almost daily. We have taken Memphis Tenn. and we have the navigation of the Mississippi River clear to the Gulf of Mexico. Between us and the future Providence has placed a dark curtain through which the vision of mortal man can not penetrate and perhaps it is well for us that we can not know what awaits us. We should strive to live as much in accordance with the will of God as we can and strive to be prepaired to meet the king of terrors whenever he comes in peace I will write no more at present
                        I am yours truly
C. Roe                                    J.H. Roe

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