Item Description: Letter dated 4 September 1863 from R. M. Montgomery to N. D. Tomlin of Rocky Creek, Iredell County, N.C., discussing his relief after hiring a substitute for military service.
As I have a leasure hour to span, I will drop you a few lines, which will let you know that I am home. I find it one of pleasantest places under the sun after having enjoyed the privation and hardships of camp life. I know how to appreciate home and its many comforts that a man does not get in the army. I got out by putting a substitute in my place who was over the conscription age. I know not how long it will releace me from service, for I think Congress at its next session will be apt to get all of us back in the army that have subs in. I certainly will be much amused if Congress calls us all in as there are many who have subs in would much rather go to the gallows than return to the army. As for myself, I will go but over cheerfully as I know what fun a poor $11.00 fellow sees traveling about from place to place at the expense of the Government. I have a little money in hand and would like for you to sum up the notes you hold against me and I will forward you the amount as soon as I hear from you. Your attention to the above will very much oblige. 4th Sept 1863
Yours very respectfully,
R. M. Montgomery