My Dear Dollie I think I wrote you last Saturday morning bu believe my time was so limited I could not write you much. little did I think on that morning what was to follow before night. we marched about four miles pitched our shelter tents and was trying to make ourselves as comfortable as possible
Head Quarters 5th Mich [ ? ] Vols Near Petersburg Va August 10th 1864 This is to certify that Lieut John Braden of Company G 5th Michigan Vet Vol Infty served under General Kearny during the time he commanded this Division and is thereby intitled to the Kerny medal John Pulford Col Cmdg 5th Mich Vet Vols
Camp near Harrison’s Landing 12 July 1862 Dear Uncle I suppose you have been wondering why I did not write and if you have not heard from me before this wondering if I was taken prisoner or shot but thank God neither has happened but I must confess one time I thought of getting down by the side of the road and letting secesh take me but on second thought I determined to stick by the regiment let what would come.
Head Quarters 3d Div 3d Corps July 9th 1862 General Orders No 27 Brave Comrades as one or your Generals who has shared in your perils so I sympathize in your cheer for Victory. When I pass, the name of this Division is marked Southern Records are full of you. In attack you have driven them.
Head Quarters 5” Regt Mich Inft. Near James River July 6” 1862. My Dear Parents I wrote you a few lines by yesterdays mail to let you know that I was still among the living On the 27” of last month we lay encamped near the battle field of “Fair Oaks” I was taken sick with a little billions attack caused by the diet and living in a swamp
Camp Second Michigan July 5, 1862 Dear Add, I am safe. I have not time to say much only that I am well and I got through all right and a tough time we had of it. We had to fight every day for Kearny’s Division covered the retreat. We had to carry 150 rounds of cartridges to last us through.
Camp on the road between Baltimore Crossroads + bottom bridge Saturday morning May 24th 1862 Dr Father For over 2 weeks we had been without hearing any thing from home but this mornings mail did not disappoint us
Camp of Mich. 2, Five Miles from West Point Va., May 12 1862. Dear Mother & Sisters: I take this opportunity to send you a few lines. You must give my letters to the girls & tell them that each must consider it to herself as I have very little time now for writing & generally when I do have time I am tired out with the days march & do not feel like writing. Tell them they can each answer my letters as though they were directed to them
Wednesday May 7th /62 Dear parents The battle is over, the enemy is badly whiped, & we are both here alive but did not escape without injury but our wounds are slight & in a few days we will be able to again meet the enemy