Solon S. Boomer's Capture by Confederate Forces
From the Eighty-Ninth
Pulaski, Tennessee, Nov 20, 1864
Published in the Kendall County Record Dec 1, 1864
Editor Record: Had there been any items of interest I would have written long ere this. The 89th are encamped (together with the corps) at this place, where it is expected we shall remain for some months. The Brigade Paymaster is in the city and we undoubtedly will receive our pay in a few days; which I do assure you will be a God-send, as the boys are very destitute of that ever convenient and most to be desired article known as "filthy lucre."
This city of Pulaski is a remarkably pretty place for the size; it is situated about seventy-eight miles south of Nashville, and the dwellings contained in it are massive and architectural, the gardens are very beautiful. General R. W. Johnson commands the post. Company H is all right and commanded by Lt. Arenchield of Company F. This morning Corporal Samuel Odell gave me a letter, which was opened and addressed to Captain F. M. Hobbs, and it, was desired that I should send a copy of this letter to you for publication.
Macon, GA, September 25, 1964
Dear Captain: As there is an opportunity of sending you a few lines, I thought that I would inform you that your stray boys are still in the land of the living. I wrote you from Lovejoy, but I do not think that letter was sent. I am disposed to think that foraging is not my forte, as I was taken prisoner the very first time that I went out last summer. There is no use crying over "spilled milk." If I am so fortunate as to get out of this, it will be late before I shall try foraging again. The boys gave me such glowing accounts of "sweet potatoes" I thought I would try my luck, and only thought of being gone two or three hours. Fate seemed to have another course marked out for us. We were picked up within hearing distance of our camps. We could hear the musicians practicing. At the time Major Kidder was out beyond us with the train, some Texas scouts had crawled in close to our lines, and laid in wait for us. They took us out by a circuitous route on double quick. They more than made us travel for the first four hours. You, no doubt, feel bad about our absence, but no worse than we do. I can assure you we have got the worst end of the bargain.
"Joe" was left at Lovejoy. Our quarters are comfortable. How long we shall stay in this place is unknown. With kind regards to the boys I am, sir, Yours Truly, S. (Solon Smith) Boomer.
W. (William G.) Ward, J. (Joseph) Haigh, J. (John) Buffham, Al. (Albert H.) Cooper, and A. (George) Bentley.