Aug 24 Alexandria Va Aug 26 Dear Wife I have had no opportunity of writing to you in a long time nor received a letter from you. I do not know when our mail will be established again. you will have learned [ ? ] this that the whole of McClellan to any have left the Peninsula are to form a junction with Pape + Burnside
Before Petersburg Jan. 31st 1sxt Divl field Hosp. 9thA.C. ‘65 Dear Cousin Yours of Jan 13th came to hand last week. I take this opportunity to reply in haste for tis already past ten o’clock. I received a letter from home yesterday, the folks were all well, twas tip to sleighing. We had had no snow here since I wrote you before, twice. the ground has been covered about half an inch deep. At present the ice on the ponds is frozen about two inches thick.
Petersburg Va Aug 4th 1864 Dear Cousin I now take my pen in hand to inform you that I am well I have not heard eney thing from Stewartstown for Some time I thought I would write you a few lines thinking that I might get an answer Last Spring when so many Wisconsin Brave sons was going to fill up the broken rank of our Nation I thought it my duty to Volinteer and go to my Country’s call all though it was hard to part with home and go and face the rebel bullets but the 26th of last Feb. I enlisted in Company B 6th Reg Wisconsin Vol and went into Camp at Madison
In Camp Near Knoxville east tenn March the 19 1864 saturday fore noon wall Sina I set down to pen these few lines to you to let you know I am in tip top helth and hope these few lines will find you the same Sina I am goin to see Dany this After noon
Crab Orchard, Ky Feb 9 1864 Friend Abbie; I hardly dare look for no expect forgiveness for my long silence, but hope is strong within me
Sunday noon Jan. 31st 1864 Dearest, The mail has just come bringing me No. 9 dated Jan. 13th & mailed the 16th. I have always been sorry I didn’t write something to send from Somerset if it was only a word on a newspaper, but it was almost impossible.
I Velma E Gunning cherishes this Book. It is over 100 years old. And I [ ? ] [ ? ] my 86th Birthday. I was born on May tenth 1907. My husband’s Father (John W. Gunning) severed in the Civil War also. He was the drumer boy. I have never heard a Negro say “Thank You” to norther who enlisted to free the slaves. Asa Smith Byersvillel Livingston Co. New York Jan. 28th / 64 1. Jan 28 Grand Rapids Mich Enlisted in the service of the US Sixth Michigan Cavalry Co. H. Enlisted by Sergt. J.L. Martin Drew one set of dishes
Waterloo, Ala Jan the 12th/1864 Kind friend: Yours of the 3rd was duly received on the 19th and should have been an- swered before. We started on the Campaign after old Hood, but the weather was so intensely cold that it was impossible to write, infact the only way that we could keep from suffering was to go into our tents and cover up with our blankets. As we were camped close to Nashville, there was very little wood to be got.
Head Qrs 1st Brigade 2d Cav’y Div Maysville Ala Nov 23, 1863 My dear Davidson I wrote you on the 20th inst by Charly Kendall enclosing a draft for $260. This I write that you may know it is coming. If you receive that first, consider this cancelled. Be sure not to take it from the Post Office.
Bivouac 2nd Michigan Regiment Near Warrenton Nov 19 Dear Bro. Add I just received your letter and it relieved my mind a good deal for I had not heard from you for so long a time that I thought something had happened to you.
London Tenn October 11th 1863 Camp of the 23rd Regt Mich Vol Inft Dear brother William Yours bearing date of sept 13th & 14th was received by me yesterday. I Also received four more, one from cousin Sarah O. Claggett of Wis, one from cousin Huldah Sherman of Ohio, one from Susan Edic of Ohio and one from my mother of Ind. They found me well as usual and brought me good news except the sudden death of sister Sarahs youngest child, which I had heard of before.
Bull Gap Tennessee Oct 2nd 63 Dear sister I am enjoying good health at present. in old Tennessee I have not had many opportunitys to write of late Our Regt reassembled at Stanford, K.Y. about the 10th of Aug. & at the same time there was a concentration of the forces under Burnside
Hd. Qrs. 2d Div. 23d A.C. London Sept. 29. 1863 Dear Father Since writing you we moved down as far as Sweetwater on our way to support Rosecrans but on reaching said place recd. orders to fall back to this place so returned the same night.
Knoxville Tenn Sept 25 /63 Dear Uncle We have had quite a journey since you left. We have come one hundred and fifty miles (150) over the worst roads I ever saw up and down mountains and across rivers. Quite a number of our wagons upset coming down clinch mountain and a number of mules fell down dead while going up it was the worst mountain we had to cross.
Head-Quarters Department of the Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio September 14th 1863 Special Orders, No. 359 3,, ,, _ar. [ ? ],, of Special order No. 345. Current [ ? ] frm these Head Quarters is so far modified as to read Lieutenant B. D. Paddock and two Enlisted men of the 6th Michigan Battery are hereby detailed on Recruiting service
H’d Qurs 1st Brigade 2d Cav’y Div McDonald’s Rhea Co. Tenn Sept 8, 1863 My dear Davidson We shall this afternoon cross the Tennessee River and move to Chattanooga The rebels have all left the river opposite us and they are reported to be retreating towards Atlanta Geo. I believe our forces occupy Chattanooga. They have been before it for several days. Deserters are coming in by scores, 14 yesterday and 30 to-day.
Nashville, Tennessee August 31st 1863 My Dear Wife It is with greatest Pleasure that I sit down to write these few lines to you to let you Know that I am Well at Present and I Sincerely hope these few lines Will find you all Injoying the Same Blessing Dear Wife 1 have Been looking for little Abbeys likeness
Camp 8th Michigan Near Crab Orchard, Kentucky August 31, 1863 Dear Father, We are again well down in the state of Kentucky – breathing pure air & drinking pure water, thankful that we are as well situated as we are. The watchful care of divine providence has been over us in all the dangers of military life both by sea & land, preserving alike from the pestilence that walketh by noon day & the missile of death
Headquarters, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 23rd Army Corps Camp Nelson August 5th 1863 Dear Father, We moved here Sunday PM. The 2nd unit coming by rail from Covington to Nicholsville. The camp has been moved from its former pleasant ground to one in the woods where the axe had to be used to make roads and places for tents.
Glasgow KY July 24” 1863 Dear Hattie Yesterday I recd your letter of the 18th directed to me at Bowling Green. You have doubtless recd my letter informing you of my removal to this place. Cant say that I am very well pleased with the change although it has some advantages over the other place. I think that it is healthier and the quaters is excelent whilst there it was very poor. But it is off from the Rail Road and therefore seems as though it were out of the world.
Camp Near hillsboro Ten July 12th 63 Dear Cousin I recived your kind letter to day and was glad to hear that you was well. I am well and hearty at present and in fine spirits I now begin to hink that this war is comeing to a close soon and I think that it is time that we had them whiped. we marched from murfreesboro on the 24 of June and it commenced raining the same day
In Camp near Hickmans Bdg June 25 1863 Dear Father Yours of the 19th was handed me this evening by the Postmaster just from Mt. Sterling with the regiment. You need feel no farther anxiety about my health for it is very good now and I feel as well as I have since leaving Michigan. I have written to you nearly every three days since leaving home, do you get all my letters?
Convalescent Hospital 4 miles S of Nicholasville Ky. June 14 1863 Dear Mary Imagin to yourself a large two-story stone house facing the south with a [ ? ] at the front door, a long piazza in rear, a large front yard, tastefully laid out and flowers of most every variety in full bloom several uncomon large locusts & other trees
Near Hickman’s Bridge 6 miles from Nicholasville Ky. June 6th 1863 Dear Father We reached here just now 10 o’c AM & as the Post master is going back to Nicholasville thought I would say we ar all right. Shall write soon more in detail Pleasant camp just opening my things. Horse in fine condition while some ½ doz officers horses gave out.
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