Nims, Hannibal H. – Undated

Michigan Civil War Collection

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Regiment: 10th Michigan Infantry Battles Mentioned: Historical Figures: 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 but the day is too fine & so cannot be sick even if I wish too As do not much to be reported sick while I stay in the service if possible but to day is nothing You appear to be having [ ? ] about my health you need not I am all right I have not been sick & if you are flattering yourself that that you have a slight & slim or lean (I dont know what to use) husband you will find yourself most wonderfully mistaken I am not as fat as when I left the state & at one time was some prone than I used to be are would [ ? ] take to be both to be and have a very strong call on the active persons But I did not care much about it & it was not worth minding as the [ ? ] was so plain hard work & poor [ ? ] If I had been sick I should have felt worse about it. We now have plenty to eat to wit flour & pork & once in a while Beans tea & Coffe & have had once or twice since We [ ? ] over here a little Butter but had to tie our tent down all sound & put a guard at the door to keep it till we could eat it As we had no rope strong enough to hold it and I am going every day weigh at least 150lbs & still gaing & if we go veterans I will again be weigh at least 165lbs befor we get home & 200lbs before we come away again so you need have me [ ? ] of a pinked faced institution for a sick soldier I shall not honor that draft without they go to marching up again on hard [ ? ] I rcd a letter from you last night in which you say mine of the 6th is the best letter you have had for you think it told more truths than others I have never written any thing but truths & what in the would I could have written then I cant immagine of it was a complaing or fault find my letter for Gods sake or rather burn it & if you have said any thing about it to any one take it back say it was not so that you did not had comethy or some other excuse for I would not be met with the first thing “Well you cant stand hard time,” “Write home letters for sympathy tell how bad you are and & how hungry you are & so forth,” I dont want to have one word of it in any complaing spirit for I did not feel it so & it is bad enough to have the privates growl [ ? ] an officer joing the cry & I hope I did not write in any such spirit but if I did tell that we had been hungry it was only on the way of history I know we got over it for I had a good dinner to day of very good biscuits & some fresh meat & [ ? ] & all that I wanted to eat too, Oh I came hear forgetting I was surprised night before last by a call from Maj [ ? ] to come out here from Chattanooga he was on his way home his regt is betwean he was saner [ ? ] than when I last sa him but was well & hearty He also told me that he was a Father which was news to me and you getting [ ? ] all the best of the girls you sa have not only got husbands but babies while you hear only the husband & he off [ ? ] Aint it hard. I must quit or I shall not have any thing to write tomorrow even if it is a bright day Good bye [ ? ] Consider all this not written it dont read well & I wish I had not written it but cant burn it