HEADQUARTERS 54TH REGIMENT O. V. INF.,
CAMP PEA RIDGE, TENN., May 2, 1862.
MY DEAR WIFE:
To-day is the anniversary of our marriage. Can you realize so many years are buried with the dead past? Years I fear of more pain than pleasure to you. How eventful they have been!
We have marched forward still further toward Corinth. I expect an engagement shortly.
SOURCE: Walter George Smith, Life and letters of Thomas Kilby Smith, p. 201