“I’ve captured a splendid banner belonging to the Marion county Alabama Guards. I will present it to old Tippecanoe county – together with another one captured by Johnny Mackessy of our company. I also got a flute with about $30, a silver watch, a splendid pistol and case worth about $30. I have several nice little trophies which I intend sending home the first opportunity. Swords and long knives are in great abundance.”
Another of the 10th writes in a secesh shanty, on secesh paper, with secesh pen and ink, and encloses his letter in a secesh envelope, with a piece of Zollicoffer’s shirt. He would have paid the postage with a secesh stamp, but Uncle Sam is not taking that kind of pay. He adds that the boys are living on secesh rations in secesh quarters, and are quite comfortable.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, February 1, 1862, p. 3