West Point December 5th/65 Dear Cousin I now take my pen in hand to inform you that I am well and in good [health It has been a long time since I have heard from Stewartstown I have almost forgoton there is such a place. It has been a long time since I have had a letter from you
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.
Camp at Mount Olive Station North Carolina Wall my Dear and not forgoten Wife as I am in the best of helth and feel in the best of spiret I seat my ass down to tell you of it and to tell you I got your kind letter dated March the 26 and was glad to here from you
Camp near Petersburg, Va. April 20th, 65 Friend Elon, I recd. your letter of the 26th & you may bet I was glad to hear from you & to hear that Rube was once more out of the hands of the Rebs. He was in luck to get out alive. I was expecting everyday to hear bad news from him but I hope now he has got home he will come around alright.
Hd Qrs Battery F 1st Mich Lt Arty New Berne N. C. April 13th 1865 My Dear Hattie. The battery left the front in the 8th inst and arrived here the 9th. We are comfortably quartered in Barracks formerly occupied by a NY Battery. My Hd Qrs are in a very comfortable house. Our mess has purchased a cook stove and we are living very well for soldiers. As yet I hear nothing of my muster out papers but am patently waiting their arrival.
Birk Station Apr. 12 1865 Dear Sister, I am writing to you today to letting you know that I am well and that I saw the rebellion we had been fighting them every day for eleven days. That morning it commenced at day light. Our division was dismounted and sent out on the skirmish line. We fought them about two hours so General Sheridan could get the infantry in position then we moved our horses and charged on them but there met Genl. Lee with a party of men working on terms.
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
Camp Russel Feb 23th 1865 Dear Sister I have waited a long time in vain for a letter from you but I am satisfied you have not neglected to write so long as this This is the fourth letter I have written to you and have not rec but one in return that was dated Nov 13th/64 and you spoke about sending some papers I have not rec a mich paper from any body
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.
Headquarters Fifteenth Army Corps, East Point, Ga., Sept. 11, 1864. Officers and Soldiers of the Fifteenth Army Corps: You have borne your part in the accomplishment of the object of this campaign, a part well and faithfully done. On the 1st day of May, 1864, from Huntsville, Ala., and its vicinity, you commenced the march. The marches and labors performed by you during this campaign will hardly find a parallel in the history of war. The proud name heretofore acquired by the 15th Corps for soldierly bearing and daring deeds remains untarnished – its lustre undimmed. During the campaign you constituted the main portion of the flanking column of the whole army.
Pleasant Valey M.D. Wednesday Sept 7th 1864 Dear folks at home I received “Joes” and Loraines letter mailed Aug 30th in due time and as I wrote to Mat that day I thought I would wate a day or two before I answered yours. since then we have had some severe stormy weather
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
Harisons Fery Tenn July 4th 1864 How are you Met how and whare do you find you self this fine fourth of July? Enjoying your self first rate I hope. Of course you are. I am well to day and enjoying myself as well as I can up here in the woods I havent been doing an thing to day but fery a few folks across the river. Never the less I have enjoyed my self pretty well because I know I cant help it if I cry my eyes out.
Head Quarters 1st Brigade 2d Cav’y Div 4 miles South of Kingston Ga. May 20/64 My dear Davidson We are at the front as you see. Since I wrote you on the 11th from Villanous we have been constantly on the move. One the 15th we went to within three miles of Rome where we ran on to a large force of the rebels.
Head Quarters B Co 7 Wis Vet April 24 1864 Dear Sister It is a very warm morning & were it not for a cool breeze (sent to us by Neptune from the ocean) the weather would be almost intolerable. The past week has been very pleasant no rain having falling to make the roads impassable & thus keep us confined to our camp
HEAD QUARTERS COMPANY D, [“E Pluribus Unum”] 26th REGIMENT MICHIGAN VOLNNT’S INFANTRY Camp near BRANDY STATION VA. Feb 9th 1864 Dear Uncle I recieved your letter last night and was glad to hear from you am well as usual I was sorry to hear that you had been so sick but glad you are better again. We have been having very fine weather but it is cold now
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
Camp near Kelley’s Ford Nov the 10th, 1863 Dear Friends, Again the bright dawn is a shining on the 26th in the valley below the mountains, the Rapidan and the Rappahannock. I saw one of the most beautiful scenes this morning that I think I ever saw in my trails and I have seen a good portion of seven states as you soon shall see.
Camp Convelessant Virginia Nov 4th/63 Mr. & Mrs. Snook Since you heard from me last I have been plaised on the sacred soil again, and looks more gloomy & forsaken, more dessolate than ever, for while at Annapolis I was favored with the opportunity of looking out on a living cultivated world, but here all is dead or dying except soldiering, forts, cannon, rifle pits & breastworks.
US Hospital Washington D.C. Monday Oct 26th 63 Dear folks at home – I thought I would write a few lines this morning. The weather has been and is cold yet and what makes it seem more cold, we dont have any fire. The sun made its appearance this morning about sunrise.
Head Quarters 1st Brig 2d Cav’y Div North side of Tennessee River 15 miles from Cattanooga, Hamilton Co September 26, 1863 My dear Brother I have but a moment to drop you a few lines to let you know that I am yet unharmed and perfectly well. We commenced the fight on Friday the 18th and our Brigade was engaged all that day skirmishing with the enemy.
Camp at La Grange Aug 24th 63 Nom 3 I seated my self to pen a few lines to you This leaves us all well & feeling first best When I last wrote to you we were going out on a scout & now we have returned & I will give you a detail of it We left Lagrange on the 13th of this month with six days rations in our haversacks & more in our wagons. here let me give you the nom that left this place of the 3rd Mich 7 Compa 7 nom of men 200 & 200 of the 2ond Iowa & 100 of the 11th Ills under command of Major Coon of the 2on Iowa at daylight
Camp near Hartwood Church Aug. 14th, 1863 Dear Uncle: Not having held any correspondence with you since I have been in the army, it is with some reluctance that I write now, for I know that, through different sources, you hear enough and more perhaps, of this war than you care about already: but thinking that a letter from me giving a short account for the part “we wolverines” have taken in the late campaign, might be of some interest to you. I concluded to write to you.
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