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.
April 28, 1865 Camp near Raleigh, N.C. E.W. Curtis Dear Friend I am just in receipt of yours of 9th of the present month to which I have read with interest. I am well and have been since I left Bridgeport it being two months today. This Army is in a lively condition as the Rebellion has played out as near as I can get at it
Raleigh, N.C. April 22nd 1865 Dear Sister It has been some time now since I have had a letter from you. I am well get and congratulating my self on coming home in a few months. We have marched from Goldsboro here since last I wrote and got Johnson cornered so he has surendered to Gen. Sherman.
Seventh Mich. Cav. Near Petersburg Va April 21st 1865 Dear People – Yesterday quite sudden – as you perhaps might have noticed – just at that time I heard them blow “pack up” We moved only about a mile – now we are right on the sub of the city.
Nashville April 11th Camp 9 Regt. Mich, Inft. V.V. Bro John Your letter of the 1th came to hand this day noon it found me in health and in the best of Spirits. as is the case of the Soldiers. after such victories as our Army has been gaining for the past few day’s. the Majority of the Regt. thinks we shall see our own State (Mich.) in a few month,
Hd Qrs 3 Brig 2 Div 15 AC Goldsboro NC 27 March 1865 My Dear Wife I have just received your letters of the 3 November 24 January 20 of February & 2d March also a note of my dearst Willy 24 January. You My own were the first and indeed the only one as yet to tell me anything about confirmations I suppose one will hear officially in a day or so Your letter of March 2d came first & was very welcome fully as much & as the news in the paper. I expected opposition & would not been greatly surprised to have been defeated as there seems to be no way to reach the rascals who malign me so persistantly
In the Field Near Kenasaw Mt. Ga 1st July 18664 Dear Cousin Phil Your letter of some date was recd. this morning and I was right glad to hear from you as letters are scarce “Away down here in Dixie”.
H’d Qrs 1st Brig 2nd Cavy Div Villanous Ga May 14, 1864 My dear Davidson There has been fighting for the last three days in front of us, not very heavy, but the cannonading could be distinctly heard. Johnson is now said to have evacuated Dalton and fallen back towards Rome.
Snyders Bluffs 28 June 1863 Dear Cousin Emma It has been some time since I wrote to you and not knowing whether the folks at home are dead or alive. I thought you might be able to let me know. I have not received a word from home since I received that box from your father. I think it is too bad.
Camp near Vicksburg 20 June 1863 Dear Mother I hardly know what to think of the folks at home. It has been just two months today (by my diary) since I have heard a word from home although I have written to every one. I think it is bad for I know it is harder for me to write than it is for them at home.
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.
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.