The soldier does not identify his unit; the letter does not identify his mother or her location. A likely candidate is the George M. Jones who served in Company C, 89th Illinois Infantry. The 89th Illinois was stationed at Nashville at the time the letter was written.
George Marion Jones (1844-1922) was born in Bureau County, Illinois, to William and Lucretia Jones. In 1850 the family lived in Princeton, Illinois. George Jones settled after the war in Macoupin County and is buried in Gillespie, Illinois.
In his letter Jones mentions a recent skirmish with Confederate troops while the regiment was out foraging; he claims that nine Confederates were killed. Jones says his company has just come back from drill with orders to "count our caps," i.e., percussion caps. He reports that he has 63.
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