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.
Head-Quarters 1st Brig., 2d Cavalry Division, Near Sand Town, GA August 28 1864. My dear Davidson A few days ago I wrote you a few lines announcing my safe return from one of these raids which leave generally been so unfortunate in this Department On the 18th at 1 AM our and Col Long’s Brigades the 1st + 2d all under Col Minty left our Peach Tree Creek Camp on the left of our army and at 7 the next morning reported to Genl Kilpatrick at Sand Town, having during the night passed in the rear of our army to its right. We remained quietly at Sand town during the 21st and at sundown started to cut the rebel communications south of Atlanta. Two well equipped expeditions Stoneman’s and McCook’s had been totally ruined in attempting the same thing. We however imagined we were made of sterner stuff and started off in good spirits.
Head-Quarters 1st Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, Department of the Cumberland, Peach Tree Creek, GA August 17 1864. My dear Davidson Since mine to you of the 4th inst until the 15th we were laying in the trenches
before Atlanta dismounted and expecting every twelve hour to enter the city. We are not there yet as you will probably be aware when you read the telegrams of this late. I shall not foretell when we shall enter the place as I don’t know, and have too often burned a false prophet. Our lines nearly [ ? ] it, and are about eighteen miles in length. Yesterday Capt Thompson + I rode the extreme length of them from left to right and return. and saw the great army under Sherman at some places we are close to the city. and at others several miles distant.
In the trenches before Atlanta GA August 2, 1864 My dear Davidson Your last two I received yesterday. 14th + 24th I think. You are improveing. and may after a while regain your firmer position. We are soldiering now with a [ ? ].
Head-Quarters, First Cavalry Division Dept. of the Cumberland April 16, 1864 General In answer to your telegraph of April 14th I have the honor to state, that the Commanding Officer of the 2 Mich is being applied to for information concerning Robert Charles Potter Co F of that Regt, returned for answer that there was no man of that name in his command.
Chattanooga Daybreak Sept 13, 1863 Sunday, My dear Davidson Yesterday afternoon our Brigade entered this newspaper famous town. It was deserted by the rebels a few days ago. Genl Bragg is retreating we suppose to Atlanta and our army is in close pursiut.