The late John Curtis, In a letter from Capt. Garternicht to Mrs. Essex, the mother of young Curtis
who was wounded at the battle of Stone River, after alluding to his illness in the hospital, the Capt.
says: "Madam, I can appreciate your sorrow. He was my messmate for some time, always kind and good. He
was respected and beloved by the whole Company. In our skirmishes, and in the battle, he behaved like a
soldier --brave, fearless, and gallant, and we all mourn his loss with you. Let not this truly sad news
effect you too much; remember, he has passed from this world of trouble, and good and brave as he was,
has gone to that other world where there is no sorrow. He has gone where we all hope to go." Submitted
by Peggy Carey