PACKET CRESCENT CITY,
PADUCAH, Ky., April 2d, 1862.
ED. COURIER: – Dear Sir: The 16th Iowa Regiment, accompanied by the Iowa 15th, Missouri 23d, Michigan 15th and a Wisconsin Regiment, and also three Batteries, arrived here from St. Louis this A. M., bound for Pittsburg, on the Tennessee River. We will join the 3d and 12th Iowa at or near that place. In fact all Iowa troops, excepting four regiments, are stationed in that vicinity.
I would state that all Waterloo “boys” connected with the 16th are well and “spilling” for a fight. The 16th is fully armed and equipped in best style, and is determined to make her mark.
The “boys” in our company are hard up. Not any of us have money to buy stamps. – All letters for the North, written South of here, are holden [sic] at this point for fear that plans may be exposed. They are making great preparations for a fight. Not less than 160,000 troops are concentrated at the point above mentioned. It is to be the fight of the season.
Those in Blackhawk County having friends in the 16th should address letters “In care of Company I, 16th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, St. Louis, Mo.” They will be forwarded to the Regiment. More anon.
– Published in The Waterloo Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Wednesday, April 16, 1862, p. 2