Hd Qrs Reserve Corps McAfars Red House Road Col RHG Minty Col Maj Genl [ ? ] has sent Col McCook [ ? ]-ions to communicate on his left with you right. He wishes you to keep him fully informed.
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.
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 Second Brigade, Second Division Cavalry, Corps Military Division of the Mississippi North West Corner of “Alabamy” Feb 22 1865 My dear Davidson We still remain in the identical spot where we dropped down on the 25th of last month. Our huts, kennels and stables are now all completed
H’d Qrs 1st Brig 2d Cav’y Div Louisville, Ky Nov 15, 1864 My dear Davidson Nearly two months have passed since writing you, but we have been a great part of the time on the other side of the interrupted rail road communications and all of the time on the march.
Pine Grove 4th Michigan Cav. Sept. 15th 1864 Dear Niece, Your letter date 29th is received. I hasten to reply, you was a real good firl not to reprimand me for my delinquency in writing you; Hereafter I will do better. I joined my regiment the 22nd of August. Met with no disaster en route save a thorough drenching with rain. Took passage on top of the cars for about 14 hours. I never knew it to rain harder. And to complete the picture the wind blew terribly.
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, In the trenches before Atlanta GA 8 P.M. August 4 1864 My dear Davidson Your of 28th ult with the enclosed deed I received this afternoon. You may sign and send it to Lyon for me. See that the taxes have been paid. You can invest the funds as you profore. or can use them yourself if you choose.
8 or 10 miles from Marietta Ga In the woods June 18, 1864 My dear Davidson It is a rainy, cheerless, miserable day and I cannot pass a few minutes in a better manner than in writing to you. Since I wrote you on the 12th we have moved forward about three miles. On the 15th the move was made and we were again engaged in skirmishing with the rebels. In fact we are fighting nearly every day (some part of our forces). We are upon the extreme left of the army and “jam” up against the enemy. Yesterday I rode around the picket lines and the rebel [ ? ] were in plain sight and within good range. The pickets were not firing on each other as there appeared to be a tacit agreement between them to remain quiet. I went out between the lines and picked the enclosed which I sen you. When we walked out (our horses we had to leave behind) the rebel pickets moved their hats to us.
Head-Quarters 1st Brig., 2d Cavalry Division, Near Columbia, Tenn April 25 1864 My dear Davidson We have both kept silence for a long time. I he came I did not feel a bit like writing; you, I don’t know why. Since my last to you. I have spent a month in Nashville.
Head-Quarters 1st Brig., 2d Cavalry Division, Huntsville Ala March 9 1864 My dear Mother Davidson writes me that you have received no letters from me since your return to New York. I can not see why it is, as I have written you two or three times.
Head-Quarters 1 Brig., 2d Cavalry Division, Huntsville Ala March 8 1864 My dear Davidson I have to-day sent to Mrs Iswon a dragt on you for $115 10/x which please pay, and enter on the credit side of your ledger. It is the balance of A’s money which I held in my hands.
Nashville Tenn February 14, 1864 My dear Davidson Yours of 24th + 31st ult I received a few days ago. I have also received the diary you sent me. Thank you for it. I will forward to you my old one at the first opportunity. I have been here for the last two weeks as a witness at the trial of Col Minty.
Head-Quarters 1 Brig., 2d Cavalry Division, Huntsville Ala January 17 1864 My dear Davidson “Here we are again” as the Merry man says rushing into the ring, and transforming himself into a wheel or revolver of some kind. We arrived here on Thursday headed by a brass hand and a Brigadier General
Head-Quarters 1st Brig., 2d Cavalry Dicision, Near Pulaski, Tenn January 4 1864 My dear Davidson A very much disgusted be-muddied and dumpish individual sits down now to address you a few words. Mud surrounds us on every side, we are intent on mud even (Do you see the pun?)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 26th December 1863 Major Sinclair A. A. Genl. Sir: I have the honor to call the attention of the Major General Commanding to the following officers whom I consider entitled to special mention for their gallant conduct during the Battle of Chicamauga.
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 26th December 1863 Major Sinclair A.A. Genl Sir: I [ ? ] to hand you the following report of the operations of the 1st Brigade 2nd Cavalry Division from the 13th to the 24th Sept. and including the Battle of Chicamauga.
Head-Quarters 1st Brig., 2d Cavalry Division, Huntsville Ala December 11 1863. My dear Davidson Some time last month I sent you $260 by Sergt Kendall. I have not yet heard whether it (or they) arrived safely. I have been looking for a letter from you for sometime, but the mails “fail to connect.”
Head Qrs 1st Brigade 2d Cav’y Div Maysville Ala Nov 23, 1863 My dear Davidson I wrote you on the 20th inst by Charly Kendall enclosing a draft for $260. This I write that you may know it is coming. If you receive that first, consider this cancelled. Be sure not to take it from the Post Office.
Head Quarters 1st Brigade 2d Cav’y Div Maysville Ala Nov 19, 1863 My dear Davidson Yours of Nov 7th I received yesterday. Otis sent it to me from Nashville. Yours of the 11th and 25th Oct I also received in due time. Since I wrote you on 27th ult we have been lying here doing nothing. i.e. the Brigade as a command has been lying still but the Regiments are scouting around the country in all directions.
Head Quarters 1st Brigade 2d Cav’y Div Maysville Ala 10 miles N.E. of Huntsville Flint River Bridge Oct 20, 1863 My dear Davidson Down in this Dixie I shall attempt to write you a few lives. After wandering to and fro up and down the country, we have settled here for a few days. On 26th Sept and 7th Oct I wrote you a line each day to let you know that all was well with me. Since then I have been perfectly well physically but mentally and morally in a bad way. As things have been managed lately in this command we have been in a terribly swearing mood. But no matter.
Rankins ford Tenn Oct the 18th 63 Dear Uncle I Send you these fiew lines in answer to your letter of the 28th of August since that time I have had verry little oppertunity to write and we have not herd from home Since that time the rebs got one train of wagons with a lot of our Mail
Hd Qurs 1st Brigade 2d Cav’y Div Smith’s Coss Roads Tenn. 6 miles from Tennessee River. 38 miles from Chattanooga in the Tennessee Valley August 25, 1863 My dear Davidson I wrote you on the 14th a long letter telling of my Shelbyville experience sending also Col Mintys report and five rebel papers. again on the 16th I wrote on the eve of our departure from McMinnville. We have crossed two spurs of the Cumberland Mountains and alighted in this place we are now engaged watching the movements of the rebels a cross the river about 6 miles from here seeing that they do not run a cross and repeat the Bragg + Buell campaign of last year up in Kentucky. This is the place where Bragg passed through with his army. I do not think Rosecrans will be caught napping. It is rumored that there has been and is now heavy fighting at Chattanooga. Our army (Gen Rosecrans’) now has a front of about 200 miles and it requires a great deal of vigilance to watch it. We are now all I suppose on the Tennessee River with some of us a cross. Our main body is in front of and
Head Quarter 1st Brigade 2d Cav Div McMinnville Aug 16, 1863 My dear Davidson I wrote you a long letter on the 14th + sent you Col Minty’s report and five papers the same day. I now write to say that we are off again the Army of the Cumberland is again “marching on”
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