William E. Whitsett

Private, Company H

9th Texas Infantry

3 Nov 1837 - 15 Apr 1901

By Hayden Whitsett

7105 Bending Oak Rd.

Austin, TX 78749

William E. Whitsett was born 3 Nov 1837 to William C. and Elizabeth Sue (Edmunds) Whitsett, probably in Glasgow, Barren County, Kentucky, one of at least five children who lived to adulthood. The family probably began their move westward sometime in the late 1840's, with at least one lengthy period spent in the Fort Smith, Arkansas vicinity, and eventually settling in the Bonham and Dodd City area of Fannin County. His father was a physician, probably a merchant of some sort, and a slave owner. Family oral history relates that William C. Whitsett foresaw the likelihood of Civil War and moved from Kentucky in an attempt to get his sons away from it, with no success.

Known siblings of William were Mary Jane Whitsett, Elizabeth H. Whitsett, James Whitsett, Joseph Hayden Whitsett and Charles C. Whitsett.

As can be seen from his letters he was a member of the Texas Rangers prior to the Civil War. Sometime following the war he moved to Sallisaw, Oklahoma where he was a merchant. In his later years he walked with a cane due to his wounds at Shiloh. He died 15 Apr 1901 and is buried in the Shiloh Cemetery near Sallisaw, Oklahoma.

He was twice married, the first time to Nancy Lattimore Walkingstick, a Cherokee; the second to Martha Francis (Fannie) Harrison on February 18, 1891. Although there were children from both marriages, I am only certain of those from the second, these were Jack, Maxey, Silver, and Lucy Whitsett.

Confederate Service Record

Whitsett, W. E. (24), Pvt., Co. H, enlisted 14 Oct 1861 at Bonham, Fannin Co., TX by W. A. Stanley. Wounded, Shiloh, TN, 6 Apr 1862-right knee, seriously; present, July-October, 1862; wounded, Murfreesboro, hand-slight,- present, January-October, 1863; furloughed 1 Nov 1863 at Meridian, MS, Special Order 232/1, by Gen. Johnston, for 50 days.

Letters of William E. Whitsett in Possession of the Family


Salisaw, Ind. Ter. Sept 24, 1900

J. Haid Whitsett

Dodd, Tex

D(ea)r brother. I mailed you a few days ago a condensed synopsis of my Confederate States Army service and I left out in the same the date and swear in of my enlistment at Bonham by Capt. T. H. Skidmore and from my descriptive list now lying open before that I enlisted on the 14th Day of October 1861 and I know you can fill in the blank space I left in the statement I sent you the other day. Try and get the last statement on the record. I was discharged by Genl. Jo. O. Shelby near Corsicana Tex on the 1st Day of June 1865, the same day the Genl and some 250 others of his old Brigade with Sim Whitsett and quite a lot of old Quantrellites included of whom I met several in November after in New Orleans La. on their way back to good old Missouri.

Your brother,

Wm. E. Whitsett

Attached as a separate note is:

Genl Jo and a whole lot concluded on the collapse of the Confederacy they would cast their fortunes with Maximillian, but after he was shot concluded they would high them away to Missouri.

Salisaw [Indian Territory] Sept 21st 1900

J. Haid Whitsett

Dodd [City?]Texas

Dr. Bro. I enlisted in the "Confederate States" Service in the 9th Texas Infantry at Bonham Texas on October the 14, 1861 Capt. Wm. H. Stanley Commanding Company "H" and the Hon Sam B. Maxey being our first Colonel. The 9th fought through the two day battle of "Shiloh" in this I was hit in the back of the left knee. Dr. Perry Daken dressing the place, at the same time and place Tommy Penie (?) was killed dead and Jno. Snodgrass was shot through the thigh, in this Battle we belonged to J. Paten Andersons Brigade, Ruggles Division & we took an active part in Capturing and Corralling S.S. Prentiss Federal Division, the next battle was that of Perryville Ky. Capt Jno H. Lane of Bonham being killed as we were retiring from the Battle field, we next fought through the Battle of Murfreesboro, Tenn; here Jno. Aldridge received a compound fracture of thigh joint and died in the Hospital, I shook hands with him last as he lay on the amputating board Dr. Perry Daken of Bonham officiating, next we were corralled at Jackson Miss. the Feds pounding us there for nine days and nights, here was killed Wm. E. Beavers of Bonham. Our next was in the two days Battle of Chickamagua Tenn. losses in Co. H and Regiment heavy. Ectors Brigade Texian Confronting Rousseaus (?) Brigade Federal Regulars which we whipped and captured Loomis' West Virginia Battery consisting of eight Napoleon Guns. I fought at the capture of Ashley Station between Little Rock and De Valls Bluff, Ark. where I was in Genl. Jn. O. Shelbys escort Comp. "A" 3d Missouri Volunteer Cavalry. Here we captured the 5th Illinois Infantry complete. I was next in the fight at the Fair Grounds at Lexington Mo. then again at the west of Little Blue going towards Independence when Capt. Geo. Todd, Quantrells first Lieut, was killed in his Saddle. We fought at the crossing of Big Blue and from there on to Kansas City where we had a hard fight and were worsted. Our next fight and last was at Acoho/Scoko(?) Mo., where we whipped their cavalry in good style and lit out for the Arks River coming by way of Fayettville, Ark where old Genl Jo stirred them up quite lively. From here the outfit finally landed at Bonham Texas. This is a running statement, from memory, not to long for you to get me recorded I hope.

Your brother

Wm. E. Whitsett

Enlisted in Co. H. 9th Tex Infantry.

Sallisaw Ind Ter.

J. Haid Whitsett

July 13th 1900

Dodd Texas

Dear Brother.

Herewith you will find a running history of my army life made mostly from memory.

My first army service was under a Call from Gov. Sam Houston, in the Rangers service of the State of Texas. When we organized a Company at Bonham of Cavalry with Wm. M. Woods, as Captain and A. M. Gass as first Lieutenant, and Ash Pace as second Lieutenant and Jim Cowan as 1st Sergeant. and a Dr. Hill was our Surgeon for a while, but was discharged and I was sent with a detail under Sargt Cowan and five others back to old Fort Belknap, from which place two of the party proceeded to Bonham and escorted Dr. W. A. Stanley to Belknap and Sargt Cowan, I and his Squad escorted him from thence to the Witchita Mountains where the Regt was then rendevouzed at what was known as Col Easlban(?) Dorrs Camp, old Radmins Ka. At Fort Belknap the Companies concentrating there organized into a Regiment. Electing Capt. M. T. Johnson our Colonel, the late Gen. Sul Ross becoming Capt of his Company. We elected a Mr. J. T. Smith of Waco Lt. Col. and Capt Gabe Fitchure(?) of McKinney major of the Regiment. We were all discharged in the Witchita Mountains, the bulk of the Command returning by way of Austin, the balance making their way back to the Settlements as suited them. Selves, Daniel Deupree, Daniel Brown and myself coming back together, hitting first the Stockade of old Mr. Mabe Gilbert on Witchita and the Striking the town of Montague in Montague County and from there to Gainsville in Cook Co and from there to Bonham and home.

I find from my descriptive list herewith submitted that I enlisted in Co. H. 9th Tex Infantry at Bonham Texas on the 14th October 1861 by Wm. A. Stanley who was our first Captain, with Harvey Wise as our 1st Lieutenant and the Honorable Sam Bell Maxey as our first Colonel, we proceeded from our camp on South Sulphur to Paris Texas, afoot, and from there to Little Rock Arks. afoot, where we were put on some open flat cars and sent from there to De Valls Bluff, where we were placed on some open Keel boats and sent down White River and from the mouth of which were towed to Memphis Tenn. being in Camps at the Fair Grounds back of Memphis Tenn. when the Battle and Surrender of Fort Henry took place. From Memphis we went to Iuka Mississippi. The 9th Texas Infantry and old Co. H. fought through the Battle of Shiloh, a two days regular hard setto. The 1st day we done them in fine style all day long and the 1st night Gen. Buell reinforced them with about 30 thousand fresh troops who took the front the second day with Grants remnant of beaten forces for flankers, in this shape we held them a hard setto, until about 10 o'clock the 2nd day when their flank fire began to enfilade us and we were compelled to fall back reform and gave it to them in good style again, and surprising(?) numbers with successful flanking, subjecting us to an enfilade fire, again forced us to retire and so the thing continued all through the 2nd day, our forces falling back on their fortifications at Corinth and the Federals falling back to Pittsburg Landing under cover of their fleet on the River. In this Battle Genl. A. S. Johnson was killed and we lost a Cousin, Dr. John Comfort, who commanded as Captain Co A. 5th Mississippi Infantry, in the Battle I recollect a young man belonging to Co H. by the name of Tom Pennick who lived on Caney and was killed dead, Jno. Snodgrass of Caney got a terrible flesh wound through the thigh and I got a wound in the back of the left knee. Pennick, Snodgrass and myself all fell in one pile and were attended to by Dr. Perry Daken of Bonham. Capt Jo Dixon formerly of Clarksville, Tex. was killed dead in the 1st days fighting being shot in the forehead, the 9th Inft took a conspicuous part in the most desperate fighting in this whole battle and suffered severely in killed and wounded. The Battle was fought on the 6 and 7 of April 1862, we were in the Brigade of J. Paten Andersen of Tenn, who commanded in person and we were in Genl. Ruggles division, the Corps Commander I don't remember. [n.b., before Perryville and briefly after Munfordville, the Army of Tennessee was encamped at Glasgow, Ky. See Evans, Vol X] The next Battle we participated actively in was the Battle of Perryville Ky. a few days previous to this we helped Corral and Capture some seven (?) Regiments of Federals at Munfordville Ky. Here we turned in our old buck and ball Springfield muskets and took the improved Enfields captured at this point, the Battle of Perryville was fought on the 8th of October (1862) and the morning of the 9th when retiring from the Battlefield, a solid shot killed our Captain John Lane of Bonham who was one of the Lord's true, best and noblest specimens of humanity, brave generous and humane to a fault. It made all heartsore to see him fall.

Our next hard fighting was at Murfreesboro, Tenn. [This is also known as Stones River and occurred on December 31, 1862.] In this battle the old 9th was in the hardest and hottest fromearly dawn until it got too dark to see your gun's sights, we fought over and over the same ground three or four times and occupied the Battle field all night and next morning commenced a hasty retreat to a little town called Winchester and from there we immediately returned to Shelbyville on Duck river, where we went into winter quarters. In this battle we were in Genl Preston Smiths Brigade, Genl. Cheathams division, the Brigade was Commanded by Col. Vaughn he being the senior Colonel, Gen. Smith being absent on furlough. And the old 9th was commanded by Col. Wm. H. Young, a tyrant in camps, one the battlefield in the thickest and hottest all the time and as brave and true as the good Lord makes man. [Smith/Vaughn's brigade lost 705 men out of 1,813 present, at one time Young himself carried the flag, all other bearers having been killed. See Evans, Vol X, pp 64 etc.] After this the 9th Infantry was put in Genl W. D. Ectors Brigade and was sent to Mississippi to join Genl. Jo Johnson's army, who was then in command and had started in to relieve Vicksburg on the 5th of July, at roll call that morning amounted to 36 thousand active fighting men. We reached Big Black and were placing our Pontoons across the stream, this being about the middle of the afternoon, when Genl. Johnson received a courier with dispatches announcing the surrender of the place and forces by Pemberton on the 3rd July. Our army was firing(?) with right in front and Genl. Johnson immediately about faced us through the left in front and we had hardly gotten good under way when Genl. Stuls(?) federal Cavalry, showed up on our rear and we had it with them tough and hot. From there to our fortifications at Jackson Mississippi, which we reached and occupied about 9 o'clock at night in a hard driving pour down of rain, I believe as hard as I ever saw fall, filling and flooding our trenches with water. Here was killed by a Solid Shot Wm. E. Beavers of Bonham, who at one time clerked for W.B. & J.B. Oliphant of Bonham and was as brave and true as ever lived. The Federals kept us corralled here for nine days and nights. Genl. Johnson giving them the slip just after dark one night, muffled his artillery and made the boys place their Blankets down under foot on the Pontoon bridge across Pearl River for Cavalry and Artillery to pass over the stream. The retreat was an eminent success and a great surprise to the Federals who the next morning charged our works and found them empty.

I ought to have brought in before this the two days Battle of Chickamaugua [Sept 19-20, 1863], in which the old 9th Texas Infantry took a determined and active part from start to finish, our Division Cheatham's, being the first Infantry in it and who where thrown in to relieve Forest's Cavalry who came near being swamped but for our timely arrival. Our Company H in this Battle was commanded by Capt. Geo. W. Daniels of Bonham, the Regiment by Col. W. H. Young, the Brigade by Genl. M. D. Ector, and the Division by the immortal old Gen. Frank Cheatham than whom a better one never lived and we were in Genl. Walkers Sub-Corps, with Genl. McGains (?) Arks supporting us on the left with Forrest Cavalry, dismounted and supporting us on the right. We were the extreme right Regiment and Co. H was the extreme right Co. of Infantry in Genl. Braggs Army. We were pitted direct against Genl. Rousseau's Brigade of Kentucky Regulars, who were supported by Maj. Loomis West Virginia Battery of Eight Napoleon Guns, this battery we charged twice and were driven back, it being supported by Rousseaus Brigade, which had been reinforced by the 1st California Infantry, we charged them the 3d time and captured the Battery Complete and drove the Ky. Regulars and the 1st Californians back until we were ordered to halt and reform and readjust our lines and late that evening we carried all of Rousseaus lines, they breaking in the utmost confusion and falling back on Chattanooga and Tennessee River. I was one of the burial detail, under the management of our Lieut. Jno Butler of Fannin Co. we put in two days and nights, packing in and burying the dead, the most awful and sore hurting job I ever in my life had to go through, the old 9th suffered terribly in this Battle both in killed and wounded and eight or nine of the boys were captured among them I recall was Noah Moody off Caney and who was afterward killed at Camp Chase, by a negro guard. On the 6th of November 1863 I obtained a furlough for fifty days, which I herewith enclose and Dick Thomas & myself started from Brandon Mississippi, both being relieved from duty on this date, turning in our guns and accoutrements and started for Kosciusko Miss, where our Cousin Daniel B. Comfort lived, and who furnished us a couple of Ponies and a negro boy, who we were to send back with the ponies when we reached Big Sunflower and this we did, but the Federals captured and kept both the boy and Ponies. Dan Comfort gave me a letter of introduction to one Geo. Powell, who lived three miles back in the country from Eggs Point on the Mississippi River, afoot we reached Powells, found him all right, true to a friend, dead game & a perfect gentleman. He made us acquainted with an old darkie known as the widow Friday's Alf. At this time the old Federal Gunboat Tyler laid immediately at Eggs Point and the Conestoga lay something over a mile below the Tyler, patrolling the river. Dick Thomas myself and old Man Alf went some 12 miles from Powells down on Moon Lake and dug up out of the slush of the swamp and among the cypress necks, with the muck hip deep, an old cottonwood dugout which old man Alf had sunk there some months before and the widow Friday furnished us with an old mule and a dry Beef hide. We cut the hide up and made a harness for the mule, hitched to the Dugout and started for Mr. Powells. I led the mule, old man Alf followed close to unhitch the mule when we hung up, Dick Thomas going in front with a double barrel Shot Gun & keeping a look out for the Federals with which the country along there was swarming. We drug the dug out close into the Levee of the River, leaving it in some high weeds. On the third night with old Alf's help we slipped in and dragged the dugout to the waters edge and pushed her in, old man Alf holding her by a rope, finally we got ready, old man Alf, myself, Dick Thomas and a Cavalry Lieut by the name of Lee, who lived some 3 miles above Fulton on Red River Ark. side. A transport going down the river liked to run over us and come in an ace of swamping our outfit, old man Alf quit his oars and went on his knees and prayed manfully we finally got him to resume his oars and he finally landed us on this side about a mile below where he aimed to hit, we hastily bid the old darkie good bye and pulled through the bottom in the darkness for Monticello Ark. after many ups and downs we reached there all right having to lay up and hide close every day on account of the negro infantry and cavalry . We finally reached the town of Washington in Hempstead Co Ark where we found Genl. Magruder commanding he gave us something to eat and transportation on the hackline running to Clarksville Tex. We started, the old hack bogged up and broke down three miles out from Washington and I and Dick Thomas pulled out afoot and finally reached Clarksville, Tex. where I hired an old man with a two horse wagon to Paris Texas, here Dick Thomas reached his home. I applied to Mr. Sutton for transportation showing him my papers but he refused me in total. I then hunted up the Hon. Judge Rice Maxey, at whose house I staid the night, Judge Maxey introduced me to a Capt. Crothers who had charge of a Confederate stable of mules on the north of the public square at Paris. Crothers told me to come around there the next morning and I would find a good mule, saddled & hitched to a swinging ring in the Stable, to ask no questions of any one, but quietly and coolly untie the mule get into the saddle and ride off, which I did reaching my fathers 4 miles from Bonham late Christmas eve-evening and the next day being Christmas you took the mule and returned him to Crothers at the stable in Paris. I was at my fathers and Collins in Bonham some time pretty well broken down with chronic diarrhea and about the 27th July 1864 myself, Bob Marley and Sam Cobb started to go East of the Mississippi River. Bob Marley and Sam Cobb, to join Genl. Morgans Cavalry and I to return to my Regt. the 9th Texas Infantry. We went to Camden Ark and tried to make it through and across by the way of Lake village. In this we made a complete failure owing to the heavy amount of Federal Cavalry and Infantry in that portion of the Country, so we struck out for the Ark River & Arriving at Swansons Landing. We fell in with Genl. Cabell's and Fagans troops who were then camped near the landing, we went down the river one morning to a burned mill and gin to get material with which to shoe our horses, on returning we found the camp deserted, the two flat boats had been scuttled and sunk, Genl. Caballs & Fagans forces, having fallen back to Arkadelphia, we were forced to swim the River all reaching the north bank safely. On the north side of the river we stopped quite a while with a Dr. Price, here we fell in with Bud Vaughn and Bob Hill both belonging to Shelby's Escort and two other fellows belonging to his brigade which I have forgotten the names of and in Dr. Prices neighborhood the Federals had got numerous and were hot on our trail. Genl. Shelbys Brigade was then located on White River in what was known as oil trough bottom, and we pulled out between suns for Shelbys headquarters. Crossing the Little Rock and De Valls Bluff Rail Road near Ashleys Station where there was three Regt of Federal Cavalry encamped, two being towards De Valls Bluff the other toward Little Rock with a space some two hundred yards between the encampment, all asleep, the fires having all burned down, we formed the seven of us abreast. When we reached the rail road, we were halted by a sentinel, who was killed by Bob Marley dead in his tracks. This shot raised and alarmed the whole camp and we lit out across the Prairie for the timber with they pursuing in hot haste. We reached the timber and traveled some miles. Concluded to leave the road and go in behind a Small cornfield, lie up and feed, leaving one of our partie back in the main road as a rear guard, the Feds pressed on and captured our guard on the main road in his Saddle asleep and then we had a fight and run for our lives. Vaughn in the hurrah getting away from the Yanks and rejoining us, we proceeded from there to a small place on Little Red river in Ark. where a Capt. Daniels of Shanks Regt. lured us into a trap, capturing the whole Seven. Carried us back to old Jo Shelbys and the Capt. came near to having all seven of us Shot instanter but finally desisted & carried us all back to Genl. Shelby, who ordered us to report to Capt. Morris M. Langhorn, in Command of his Escort and remain there three days, in which time we would select our Company and Regt. to be assigned permanently to duty. We remained the three days out and on reporting to the Genl. all liked Co. E the 3rd Regt. commanded by Camp Langhorn first rate and the Genl. ordered our names enrolled on the Company Roll and us all to permanent duty in the same. Shelbys Brigade moved out from White River, making a feint and threatening Little Rock, in order to enable Genl. Prices Army to cross the Ark River. We attacking and Capturing and burning Ashley Station with more Drugs and Hay than I ever saw anywhere and in addition we defeated and captured the 54 Illinois Infantry all complete somewhere near 800 men all told and we drove off and back Genl. Wests federal Brigade who had come out from De Valls Bluff to retake and rescue the 54th. Immediately after this, Genl. Price having crossed north of the Ark. River we lit out on Genl. Prices Missouri raid, scraping some everyday, Quantrell, Dave Pool, Bill Anderson, George Todd & Genl. Shelbys Brigade leading. Captured some feds at Brownsville (?, there is a Boonville in about the right place) passing on we captured Glasgow north of the Missouri River, here by the aid of Dick Collins Battery we captured and burned the Steam stern wheel Steamboat "West End" securing a large amount of Fed clothing with which the boat was loaded, including a large amount provisions, a large ? establishment loaded with Plug Tob. (acco) and we took in some 800 Yanks here, at Jefferson City we laid most of one day doing but little at Lexington we had quite a scrap at the Fairgrounds, Capt. Geo. Todd, was killed just west of the Crossing on the little blue & from here we passed on to Independence where we lost some two days and pushed on to Kansas City, the Scraping all along here was hot and continuous, particularly at Big Blue and then at Kansas City, where we got a genuine licking losing one of Dick Collins Parrot Guns and capturing a smooth bore from a Yank Battery.

This defeat was disastrous to us, losing a great many men, besides forcing us to burn and destroy Hundreds of wagons with large amounts of ordinance supplies of all sorts and kinds, from this defeat our retreat commenced for Red River, in the run we struck a streak of about six miles of Kansas, which we put in a blaze as we went at the crossing of the Maumaton (?), out a piece from Fort Scott, they crowded in on us heavy, we whipped their Cavalry very decently, but when their old web footed infantry got up we had to haul out an git, leaving Cabells and Marmadukes batteries complete, at Newtonia we had our last scrap with them, here we fought and whipped the 2d Colorado or what was known as their "White Horse Cavalry" which was tough to a certainty. This was a square setto between Genl. Shelby's Brigade, Quantrell, Anderson, Pool and others and Dennison, Blount, Pleasanton and others on the Federal side, no webb foot being in it on either side. Simply two forces of Cavalry with Artillery helping each and we gave them an all over sound whipping, though they were stubborn and lashed some of our boys with their Sabers. From here we horsed on our way, quietly with nothing to eat and crossed the Ark River some eight miles west of here [Sallisaw, Ok.] at what is known as the Big Drift and from here we went out through Limestone Gap crossing Sweet Bugg(?) at Davis on the Widow Flax's which is now known at Atoka, from there out by Armstrong Academy at which place Bob Marley, Sam Cobb, W. T. Hickman, Bud Vaughn, Mart and John Cristen and myself staid all night forcing our stay on Mrs. Lorain Folsum, who was then in charge of the Academy, we crossed Red River the mouth of Island Bayou, near the widow Popes, out by Hoppers and on to Bonham, where I obtained a thirty days Furlough, which I herewith inclose and which was signed by W. T. Hickman and approved by Mr. Jeff Thompson or the old "Swamp Fox" he being the ranking officer in command of Sub. Division, Genl. Shelby being in Dallas and having taken Capt. Morris Langhorn with him leaving Leut. Hickman in Command of Shelbys Escort. At the expiration of this Furlough we all proceeded to Clarksville Texas, where Shanks Regt. and Escort were rendezvoused, I boarded the few days we were at Clarksville with the wife of our Cousin Moses Whitsett, but do not remember her given name and I think you and Mack and Jack were all then with us from here. We moved to Fulton on Red River and from there to Pittsburgh in Sulphur County, near Pittsburgh in Sabine bottom Mrs. Bettie Shelby was on her way to join Genl. Jo, the bottom was badly overflowed, she had 4 mules to the Ambulance and an old negro driving and some miscreants overtook them and took the mules out from the ambulance, leaving her and her children sitting in the vehicle and it axle deep in Mud and Water. He never got any trace of the marauders or the mules, if he had found them or ever caught up with them they surely would have died on the spot.

From here we moved out north of Corsicana some three miles, where we disbanded and Genl. Shelby gave me my discharge, we all formed a circle around the loved Shelby and a two Gallon jug of Brisbane? whiskey took the rounds of the circle, each fellow sitting in his saddle and taking her by the word of mouth from the brown jug, we all shook hands, lots were in tears, the Genl. and quite a following pulled out for Mexico to join Maximillian and I and 12 others struck out, stricking the little town of Lancaster, Porters Bluff & from there to Dallas, where we dispersed, each one pulling for his own special point. The ladies of Dallas were very kind to us, long tables, were spread in the Court House Yard, loaded with the best the land afforded, with the fairest of Dallas daughters to dispense them, as free as the water the flowed. I will love Dallas and her chivalrous, patriotic people as long as I live. From here I went home, the war was over, our cause lost past hope. What of the future! This is run out to a long narrative, there are a great many incidents and happenings all the way along I could have better put in perhaps some already told would have better been left out & yet tis all the truth.

I hope documents which I send will enable you to get the data you want. I have a great many which I got wet is swimming the Arks river, hardly intelligible to you without me to help you, in fact some I send were wet too but I managed with extra good care to print them. If this is too long or don't suit write again I will give Battles only. Your brother, Wm. E. Whitsett

Sallisaw IT

Sept 5th 1900

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