Waiting for the Battle that Never Came

Waiting for the Battle that Never Came (HMNW6)

Location: Middlesboro, KY 40965 Bell County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 36.35', W 83° 39.96'

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A natural thoroughfare through the Appalachian Mountain barrier, Cumberland Gap assumed great strategic importance in the Civil War. Both sides sought to control the Gap. It changed hands three times, but no battles were fought. Troops garrisoned here, Union and Confederate alike, endured months of inaction and boredom.

Confederate soldier Seth Hannibal Hyatt from Cherokee County, North Carolina, wrote home on April 28, 1863 -
Dear Father and Mother -:
As I can get no letters from home to revive or divert the weary mind, I thought I would put in a few leisure moments in pening you a few lines. Notwithstanding I have nothing new to communicate....
We have some tolerably heavy scouting to do.... We have no war news, everything seems to be still. What can be the matter with the Feds? This time last year they were tickling us on every rib....
I would prefer being in a country where we could have access to the luxuries of country produce. But we cannot expect to live in clover all the time. Since writing the above we have drawed meal, bacon and rice. This is Robisons and Campbells day to cook, they have dinner and supper almost ready (for we take both together)....
Col. Heart sent a scout down to Barbersville on the 26th inst. They returned yesterday with five yanks. They took six in the town and one started to run when he instantly bit the dust...
Write soon hope to get some letters today. Your devoted son.
Seth H. Hyatt
HM NumberHMNW6
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Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 3:24pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 261545 N 4054457
Decimal Degrees36.60583333, -83.66600000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 36.35', W 83° 39.96'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 36' 21.00" N, 83° 39' 57.60" W
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Area Code(s)423, 606
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 56700-56998 Pinacle Rd, Middlesboro KY 40965, US
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