Fortress Monroe May 24/65 My Dearly Beloved Wife I will write you a few words again this morning although it seems as though I cannot write until I hear from the dear One But I hope and pray that I shall recieve some of those – dear precious Letters, which have been my sole comforters & sollace during the long long weary months of this terrible war
2 Head-Quarters Second Brigade, Second Division Cavalry, May 20 186 We intended to picket the whole length of Flint River. so that the [ ? ] gentleman would be between two liner. I don’t think he could have escaped us. At midnight of the 11th a despatch came from Lt Col Andress of the 7th Pa informing us that Pritchard and the 4th Mich had caught J. D. on the morning of the 10th at Irwinville.
On board the Steamer Clyde off Fortress Monroe May 20/65 God has again permitted me to come where I can once more address Thee my hearts most precious [ ? ] Oh! Mary Dear what a long long time it has been since I left the Loved One and not one single word have I heard from you since or any one at home.
Head-Quarters Second Brigade, Second Division Cavalry, Macon Ga, May 18 1865 My dear Davidson I broke off abruptly in my last on the 9th inst to start after the redoubtable Jeff Davis. I was not one of the fortunate 150 who caught the above named gentleman, but I have the plesant knowledge that if he hadn’t fallen into Pritchards hands, we should have taken him in out of the cold. We had gone down on the road in front of him to cut him off. However the 4th Michigan caught him, and, at that we shouted most lustily, and threw up our apologies for hats.
Camp Granger Huntsville Ala May 16nd 1865 Respected Friend Almeda So little time has elapsed Since I received your kind letter I Should of ansered it before but we were out on Raid 7 days Marching through Swamps over Mountans and Valies We had a hard time
a kiss. Grand Rapids May 14th 1865. My Darling Gardie. Loved Husband. Clarks wife is disappointed because she did not get a letter last night, perhaps she will get one this noon. I hope so.
Hd. Qrs. 4 Mich. Cav. Abbyville, Ga. May 11th 65 Capt. Scott A.A.A.G. 2nd Divis. C.C.M.D.M. Sir- I have the honor to report that at daylight yesterday at Irwinsville I surprised & captured Jeff Davis & family, together with his wifes sister and brother, his Post Master Gen. (Regan) his private Sec’y (Col. Harrison) Col. Johnson A.D.C. on Jeffs staff, Col. Morriss, Col. Tubbick Lt. Hathaway, also several unimportant names and a train of 5 wagons & 3 ambulances
Military Division of the Mississippi Near Macon Ga May 8 1865. My dear Davidson I have been intending for a long while to write you and give an account of our doings in this part of the country but have heretofore had no opportunity of sending a letter off. In fact I do not know when this will be started, but I will try to have it ready for the first opportunity. I suppose you have seen in the papers some account of our doings if they will allow us a column or two in the same sheet which contains the surrender of Lee & Johnsons.
Seventh Mich Cav. Camp near Petersburg Va Sunday May 7th 65 Dear people at home A beautiful morning this – the weather was exceedingly warm yesterday – the hotest of the season – so far = thanks to the cool breeze that fans us poor fellows this morning. When I wrote you last – Expected that we would leave here
Hd Qurs 2 Brig 2 Div Cav Corps Macon Ga. April 29, 1865 My dear Davidson By a flag of [ ? ] I am enabled again to send you a few lines. I had intended to have had a long letter ready for you but on account of laziness am, as usual, too late. I wrote you on the 23d inst, but am doubtful whether you received it.
Febuary the 6 1865 Chattanooga Dear friend I take plasure in Writing to you and hope you will not be afended with me fore not writing before it is because I cant git paper stamps and so fourth as we wish we are now flying artilery all the diference there is between light artilery and flying artilery is the [ ? ] of light [ ? ] walks and flying artilery all has horses ad keep with the cavery and the other keeps with it.
Nashville Tennessee Dec 29th 1864 Dear Mother I take my pen in hand to answer your kind letter that I received on Christmas day and I tell you that I was glad to hear from you to hear that you was all well that is one fine blessing if we allways could realize good health but I cant say that for this country for it is pretty sickly down here at presant it may be on the acount of the weather being so changeable
HdQuarters 2d Brigade 3d Division Cavalry Corps Stevensburg, Va January 20th, 1864 To all the dear folks at home. To be-and to deal really just. I don’t know as I ought to write more than my share; but suppose I have not much to do as is the case now. I can write just as well as not by and by.
Steamboat Ed. Walsh. June 13th 1863 Miss M. Skutt You were, no doubt surprised at receiving a request from a stranger for permission to write to you; and perhaps considered the request an impudent one. and perhaps it was. I am not going to try to prove that it was not!
Grand Rapids Feb. 2/63 Dear Father Your letter written so as to reach me on my birthday came to hand the day after Mother rec’d hers. The present you sent me was as unexpected as it was welcome. You say seeing he has done so well last fall I will send him a present.
opposite Fredricksburg Jan 25/63 Dear Aunt I received your most kind and Welcome letter last evening and was glad to hear from you and to learn that you are all well Your letter found us all well except Charles He has got a verry bad cold & can hardely speak but we are in hopes that it will soon be better for the weather is not as bad know as it was last week
West Point, Va. 20 miles from Richmond Saturday, May 10th/1862 Dear Sister Not having finished my 8th letter on account of orders that we much march right off. We left Camp Winfield Scott, and went to Yorktown (the city that was evacuated by one hundred thousand Rebels, including President Davis, Gen. Lee, Gen. Johnston, and other prominent men). The day before, they left in great haste, leaving over 300 of their dead unburied and 1,000 of their wounded without any food or medicine.
Camp near Rappahannock, May 5th 1862 Dear Father: I received you kind letter of the 28th of April last night and was glad to learn that you were all well at home. I received a letter from Jesse a short time since, and he did not say anything about Susan being unwell. When I wrote to you last, we were on the Fredericksburg railroad six miles northeast of the city. On Friday last we marched to where we now are.
Headquarters Camp Near Yorktown V.A. Fifth Reg’t Michigan Volunteers, Comp D April 17th 1862 My Dear Why is it that I have not heard from you lately are you sick or anything verry bad happened to you or paul + our little girl. the last that I heard was from Lib announceing that Paul was verry sick.
Camp Arlington Dec 2 1861 Friend Mary, I received your letter yesterday, and should have answered it last night if I had not been on guard. I shall not agree to write much of a letter this morning for I am so tired and sleepy and I can hardly think what I am trying to write about and my mind is constantly reverting to other selves which have passed and gone never to return.
Washington, Mariadain Hill Oct 13/61 Co. B. 8th Regt Mich Inft Mr John N McDougall Dear Sir We have moved to the seat of war we started the 27th Sept from Fort Wayne Detroit on the steam boat to Cleveland & the cars from there to Pits burg & the cars from there to Harrisburg & ther to Baltimore & then to Washington
October [ ? ] 61 Camp Arlington My own Dear One, Once again do I seat myself for the purpose of talking with my loved one far far away and to pour out the very inmost beatings of my heart. I have been sick for about four or five days…quite sick and not for duty and am so weak yet that I can hardly write now but I should have to be very sick indeed not to be able to write to you.
M.D. Oct 1 st, 1861 Dear cousin I am sorry that our folks are all dead but I hope there is still one left to answer this letter. I have not heard from any of you since I left Home. I have written about five letters to you and Joe Morris and our folks, but I have received no answer. I have used up all my postage stamps and the secesh don’t keep any for the boys borrow of them to much.