November 12, 1862

Washington - The following farewell order was read to the troops comprising the Army of the Potomac yesterday morning at dress parade...

Officers and soldiers of the Army of the Potomac:

An order of the President devolves upon Major General Burnside the command of this army. In parting from you I cannot express the love and gratitude I bear you. As an army you have grown up under my care. In you I never found doubt or coldness. The battles you have fought under my command will proudly live in our Nation's history. The glory you have achieved, our mutual perils and fatigues, the graves of our comrades fallen in battle and disease, the broken forms of those whom wounds and sickness have disabled, the strongest associations which can exist among men, unite us still by an indissoluble tie. We shall ever be comrades in supporting the Constitution, our country and the nationality of its people.

(Signed) G.B. McClellan,

Major General, U.S.A.

November 24, 1862

Camp near Nashville, Tenn.,

November 17th, 1862

Mr. Editor - When we left camp at North Madison our company numbered an hundred and one men rank and file, now it is reduced to less than half that number. Eighteen of those that remain are in hospitals. Our loss at Perryville, Ky., was very heavy. We lost ten killed and twelve wounded. Among the killed was our brave and beloved Captain, R.E. Smith. No nobler or braver man ever took up arms in defense of this, our beloved country. He has fallen, but his deeds of valor and heroism will never be forgotten by those that were under his command. Second Lieut. Sibbitt, who also fell nobly performing his duty. Corporal Adams also fell. He was bearing the colors. The rest were privates. They all fell at their posts, bravely discharging their duty to their country....

I sign myself respectfully yours,

William W. Mathews.

1st Corporal Co. K, 22nd regt. Ind. Vols.

November 28, 1862

William, the Madison prophet, has been delivered of the following oracle: The war is to last four years. England and France are to aid the South. The North will be finally victorious. Then will ensue a general millennium, everybody being by that time supposed to be peaceably disposed.

Note: This "prophet" was mostly correct, except England and France did not give much aid to the South, although many in those countries wanted to aid the South more.

Research conducted by the Jefferson County Civil War Roundtable.