Among 70th Indiana, William Hobbs greatest concerns at Gallatin and then Nashville, were the stream of rumors about where they would next be sent and the ever-present prospect of taking ill:

Perry the smallpox is verry bad at this place, he wrote from Nashville on Nov. 14, 1863, there is not many in our regiment taken it yet. They has been a great many died with it at this place But I think it will be checked before long. Perry we had a big sham battle to day. I tell you now it was nice to hear the roaring of cannon and musketry and the brass bands playing…

Source: Cowan’s Auction