Application for leave for twenty Days Respectfully forwarded & recommended, N. Welch Lt Col Com’dg 16th Mich Infy
East Capital Barracks Hospital Washington DC 5th/65 Dear Sister Molley I am trying to answer your kind letter that I received yesterday as they took me over to the Hospital I have a heave cole settle in my left side and I am very short winded
At this place Genl McArthur took command of the Division and my command was again attached to Col Olivers Brigade. And here I wish to return my sincere thanks to these Gallant Officers for their many favors bestowed on the 16 Regt on our march to Ripley and back to this place.
Moses Ryer C E. 15 Mich Vols Please give Colonel Oliver the sum of $25 you owe me & oblige Gottlieb Michael Schmitt
Danville Ga (a town without a house) Dear Wife To day is sunday and one of the finest day you can well [ ? ] you without you think of a very fine may day only think of such weather in Jan. dont you wish you lived in such a climate hardly need a few during the day a few white frost nights I wrote you day before yesterday that I had been writing you lately just as I was feeling for the time being & to carry that out this would be a blue letter as I have a slight headache
Camp [ ? ] Ga Dear Wife I have sat looking in the far for the last ten mintues wondering whether you had been able to read all the letters that I have written since I come to this Camp it seems to me as if there must be a stack of them I have written every day that I have felt blue & gay every day that I have felt gay and as it has been about every other day
On Board for Pittsburg Landing Friday Morning Dear Hattie I wrote you yesterday while on the car & promised to write again as soon as we got to St Louis no answer last night just at dusk we went right on the Boaat We leave in two hours our whole Reg is on the Boat & some other making some twelve wounded on our Boat makes pretty crowded work To command
Direct to Mr C. Robinson Peirce Post Office [ ? ]
Camp of the 3rd Mich At Brownsville Arkansas Dear Wife Jane It is with Pleasure that I embrace this opportunity of imparting a few ideas to you Also informing you of Our healths which is very good as a general thing through the company I have been ailing for a few days but only with the Ague think I can wear that out after a while
Grenada Camp at St Luis, MO Dear Wife [cut away] moments to spare & will imp[cut away] ing a few lines to you. I Received your letter of previous date & was much pleased to hear that you were all well…We can boast of the same blessing at this time. I mean those that are here Milan and the rest of the Boys that are at Memphis we have not heard from them but expect them here every day
Col. In accordance with your request to furnish a report of the noncommissioned officers and privates of Co. E. who have distinguished themselves by meritorious and gallant conduct
Dear sister this loanly after noon I hav nothing to do but to think of the past and the loved ones at home I am well at present and hope this will find you all the same I got home safe tuesday night you ought to hav seen [ ? ] how bad he felt I made him believe I come home [ ? ] was that to bad no I guess not
Augest th as I am her With Dany and find him Well as [ ? ] and I Went and ask the Docter if he wold not give him a Pas to go home with me and he sed if I had ask him bee fore in the[ ? ] that that he wold of given him one and I think he will bee home to stay a weak
Wall Sina in maes letter I found some few lines from you and was Glad to here from you Sina I was glad to her you say you and mae was on Good turms for it makes me feel Good to her that every thing is all rite at home
Any thing he has I have so he looks out for me as well as for him self sina you wrote to me you dremped of me in your sleep and drent I was ded I drent last nite I was to home
Wall Sina we are in a bout 50 miles of Sumerset whare the rebels lay thick as beas in hivs and our men are as thick so I dont know but what we are all rite and tite for them
unless you are a minto Sina so rite and oblige me I say no more on the question onley I pray it is not so sina and will say in Closing this I hope you will try and be A good girl for my sake
I will be saving of my money and send it to you and if you let any out father [ ? ] will tell you how to let it to and see to it and I will make it rite with him when I come the first of next month I will draw 20 dollars more then I will send it to you and so I will try to send it every pay day
Head Quarters 11th Michigan Cavalry Camp Ella Bishop Lexington Ky Mr. E P Potter Sir having a little spare time this sunday evening. though I would not improve the time to a better advantage then – writing to you. Well wee have arrived at our destination. have been here three weeaks & it is most dredful cold weather
Wednesday Noon Ruth: I send you today a small package of certificates in the Soldiers Homebank. I think you can easily do well with them & raise enough to secure the large picture framed for all your Departments.
Mrs. P. made us some conn dodgers for supper = I drawed yesterday for 11 days. every thing we want – and had over 40 dollars fund besides, I use that to buy eggs – lemons, matches, meal – pins – brooms. +c for the use of the hospital and sick, pay 30 cts a dozzen for eggs
You may want to hear something about our journey. We started from the depot at 8 o’clock P.M. had a sleeping car from there to Detroit, arrived at Detroit at midnight. and at Toledo at day light had some hot coffee changed cars and started at 10 o’clock A.M. arrival at Cleveland at dusk.
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
apral 6 farfax dear friend kate I reseved yours of the 25 last night and I thought I would answer it to day I am well sam is sick I hav just bin to see him we hav bin of on a raid and got back last night we took 42 prisoners and a lot of horses