Capt. B.D. Paddock, Battery F. 1st Mich. Lt. Artillery will turn into the Qr. Ms. And ordnance Departments his harness; transportation wagons, Battery wagon and forge; mules and Ambulences.
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 [ ? ].
Near Decatur Ga July 26/1864 My dear Davidson Yet all right. Have just returned from a very successful raid of over a hundred miles. Burned rail road bridges, depots and destroyed several miles of track on the Atlanta & Augusta R. R. at Covington.
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 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.
Camp near White Oak Church, Va May 11 1863 Dear Brother I received your most interesting letter last night. Glad to hear you are all well as this leaves me at present. We have had some hard times since we left Belle Plain. Our regiment has been where they was hard fighting