Shafer, Marion A. – Undated

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Part Second It is now about one o’clock As I sayed before the weather is nice – yesterday and the three days before was very cold cold winds – cold enough to cut a man into – the men suffered considerable

Wasson, Thomas – January 14, 1865

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Waterloo Ala Jan the 14 1865 Dear Uncle as I have a little spare time I thought that I would improve it writing to you we went into camp here on the 2d of Jan and had orders to fix up winter quarters and have got evry thing fixed up quite comfortable

Gibbs, Amos – December 1, 1864

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December 1, 1864 In Camp 16 miles southwest of Bowling Green, KY Beloved companion, I again take an opportunity to write you a few lines to you to let you know I am well and thinking of you and the rest of my dear family there is not a night but what I see you in my sleep that is a comfort to me I reckon there is men here who as soon as they get their supper they start off in search of some lude woman to spend the night with.

Burns, Robert – June 18, 1864

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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.

Burns, Robert – April 25, 1864

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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.

Hogmire, Mitchell H. – April 22, 1864

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Camp at St Louis Mo April 22 Dear Jane R. Hogmire I have a few moments to spare and will improve them by penning a few lines to you hoping they may find you enjoying yourselves well and the many blessings that are to be had on Earth. This leaves me well and all of the rest of the Boys Albert is well and is acting Orderly for the Colonel Commanding the brigade Hatch is his name

Burns, Robert – March 8, 1864

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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.

Burns, Robert – February 14, 1864

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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.

Wasson, Thomas – January 12, 1864

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Waterloo, Ala Jan the 12th/1864 Kind friend: Yours of the 3rd was duly received on the 19th and should have been an- swered before. We started on the Campaign after old Hood, but the weather was so intensely cold that it was impossible to write, infact the only way that we could keep from suffering was to go into our tents and cover up with our blankets. As we were camped close to Nashville, there was very little wood to be got.

Wasson, John – October 18, 1863

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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

Hogmire, Mitchell H. – October 15, 1863

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Page 1 Camp East of Corinth Oct 15th 1863 Dear Father and Mother I have seated myself to write a few lines to you hoping that you may be injoying as good health as we do for we are in number 1 health Ike is getting better & so is Jim Ed has had the runs some but taking all things in consideration we are all right have seen something of war the day that the battle commenced at Corinth we had been out on a scout had just come from the west & we could hear the canon roar the Enemy had attacked us on the north sid about 4 or 5 miles from here

Burns, Robert – October 7, 1863

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Near Guy’s Gap 6 miles from Shelbyville Tenn Oct 7 1863 My dear Davidson I have but a moment to write. We are after the “raiders” who crossed the Tennessee River on the 30th ult. Have had three fights with them and expect to run into them again to-day.

Rowe, William B. – October 2, 1863

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Bull Gap Tennessee Oct 2nd 63 Dear sister I am enjoying good health at present. in old Tennessee I have not had many opportunitys to write of late Our Regt reassembled at Stanford, K.Y. about the 10th of Aug. & at the same time there was a concentration of the forces under Burnside

Smith, Watson B. – September 29, 1863

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Hd. Qrs. 2d Div. 23d A.C. London Sept. 29. 1863 Dear Father Since writing you we moved down as far as Sweetwater on our way to support Rosecrans but on reaching said place recd. orders to fall back to this place so returned the same night.

Norris, Clinton F. – September 28, 1863

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Nashville Tenn Sept 28” ’63 Friend Mariette This morning finds me well and also feeling good over the letter I received from you this morning. ‘Tis a beautiful morning and how I wish I were in Hillsdale. I think I could enjoy myself if I were only there. But I must not say to much about it for fear you will think that I am really homesick. I am not homesick and have not been, but at times I allmost immagine myself with my friends and assotiates

Burns, Robert – September 26, 1863

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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.

Burns, Robert – September 17, 1863

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Head Quarters 1st Brigade 2d Cav’y Div Reeds Bridge, Caktoosa County Georgia Sept 17, 1863 My dear Brother Here I halt for a few moments to drop you a line. We are still pushing on as you see. I wrote you on the morning of the 13th + sent the letter to Detroit by Ed Owen who has been compelled to resign. We left Chattanooga that afternoon and crossed the line into Georgia.

Burns, Robert – September 13, 1863

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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.

Hopkins, Nelson – September 8, 1863

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Nashville, Tennessee September the 8 1863 Dear Friends I take this opertunity to let you know how I am at the hospital in this town. I was taken with the bilious fever but am about well I stade in Camp untill the regment got orders to march and the leuten thought I was not able to march as far as they was going so he sent me to the Hospital

Burns, Robert – September 8, 1863

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H’d Qurs 1st Brigade 2d Cav’y Div McDonald’s Rhea Co. Tenn Sept 8, 1863 My dear Davidson We shall this afternoon cross the Tennessee River and move to Chattanooga The rebels have all left the river opposite us and they are reported to be retreating towards Atlanta Geo. I believe our forces occupy Chattanooga. They have been before it for several days. Deserters are coming in by scores, 14 yesterday and 30 to-day.

Burns, Robert – August 25, 1863

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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
around Chattanooga.

Potter, Charles H. – August 20, 1863

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Camp Bolivar Stevenson, Alabama August 20th 1863 Dear Father Yours of the 6th came to hand day before yesterday was very glad to hear from home once more. there is not much news. we have marched a long ways since I wrote you last. the boys are all well & enjoying themselves finely

Potter, Charles H. – July 24, 1863

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Faetteville Tennessee July 24th 1863 Dear Father After so long a time I have at last the opportunity to write a few lines to you. to let you know how I am getting along. the boys are all well & in fine spirits and I consider myself one of the best as far as good health goes.

Painter, William – July 15, 1863

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Nashville Tennessee July 15th 1863 Mr Trowbridge Dear Sir I take this pleasant opertunity of writing a few lines to you to let you know that I am well and I hope these few will find you all injoying they same Blessing Well Walter I want you to Do mee a favor by getting a Pare of Boots made for mee I want a pare of Calf Boots with Duble Soles 10 M Size and 11 in length