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Letter No 13 – Parkers Gapp Georgia May 6, 1864

“… we had just moved from grays hill to Rirgard .. had orders to come to the Gapp … I will send you a description of the Battle of Lookout Mt. and Mishonary Rige …”


Letter #14 Rosaca Georgia May 16, 1864

“… we found the Rebels that day and have had some warm times with them … since the 7th our Regiment has been under fire for 8 days, there has been 14 wounded and 1 killed, that one that was killed was out of our company + our Orderly sergeant was wounded but we have routed them and drove them some 18 Miles … I think there wont be much more fiting hear for we got them completely routed + demoralized we have heard some good news from the Eastern army we are gong to have victory and I think we will soon have peace …’


Letter #15 – Kinston Georgia May 20, 1864

“… we have had no fiting since I wrote to you last. I think they are so demorilised that they wont make a stand. Our forses have taken a grate many Prisoners, I think this summer will use them up …”


Letter #16 – Dunken Creek Georgia May 27, 1864

“… we have been chacing the rebels but have not had any fiting we are now within 30 miles of Atlanta … they say that the Rebels are going to make a stand hear but they will soon be flanked out of there place they don’t fite like they did a Chickmonga we are kept in the reserve … they are loosing some of there best farming ground, I think they will play out this summer … I wrote this in a hurry while we were laying in the timber … we have not been payed for six months .. we will get payed off when the campaign is over …”


Letter #17 – Cobb Co. Georgia June 1st 1864

“… we have built breastworks and are trying to surround the Rebs there is skirmishing all the time on our right. I think the Rebels will leave hear before many days … Frank Reynolds … has got a commicion in the seckund Alabamma. The boys in the 64th Regiment are all well …”


Letter #18 – Cobb Co. Georgia June 7, 1864

“Since I last wrote to you we have moved some six mile. The Rebels have all left for some other plase I don’t think that they will fite much for we have drove them from some of there breastworks, some of our company was over to see them they say they are the strongest works they ever saw. I think we wont have much trouble to drive them from Atlanta …”


Letter #19 – Kennasaw Mountain June 14, 1864

“… we have been here some time fiting with the Rebels they have a very strong plase there is a good deal of cannading going on every day but we are not exposed we have good brest works to lay behind … there was one wounded the other day … he was some ways from the works and one of the Rebel sharpshooters shot him … we have now been on the campain for 45 days we are a dirty set and have plenty of lise … the Rebs are playing out as fast as they can we have taken a grate many prisoners … paper is getting very scars so I shant send only half a sheet …”


Letter #20 – Kennasaw Mountain June 30, 1864

“… we are still hear trying to drive them from there strong hold this side of the river but I think they will soon after get out of ??? our lines are like the shape of a horse shoe and the two flanks are within six miles of each other. We are now in the front line of brest-works, the Rebels brest-works are with in three hundred yards from hear we can see them quite plane … some say that Johnson is going to whip us or surrender, but I think they will run for they are good at that but it is very hard to tell anything about them …”


Letter #21 – Near the Chatthuta River July 7th, 1864

“… I am in hopes that the Lord will spair my life to go home safe and sound, but the Lords will be done not Mine … the Rebs left Kennesaw Mt. and we followed them very close till we came to the River where they have made quite stand but I think they will soon fall back to Atlanta which is 8 miles form the River we can see the steapels from hear … the prisoners that we have taken say that Johnson knows that we can whip him, since they left the mountain we have taken a grate many prisoners and some that I have seen say that the army is very badly demoralized + that the men are getting discouraged, we got the news that Grant had taken Petersburg + I hope he will soon take Richmond then I think the Rebs will give up … mother fro me to look back and consider what I have seen and been through, while thousands have fallen I have been spared .. excuse the poor writing for I am siting on the ground …”


Letter #22 – Peach Creek – July 21, 1864

“… pray for me, yesterday was a hard day for us, we had quite a hard fight our Regiment 49 killed + wounded our Company lost 6 killed and 8 wounded with the Lieutenant; we now have only one Corporal left in command of our Company. This morning we have been very busy burrieing the dead the Rebels charged on us but we drove them back and the news was last night that our forses held Atlanty it is four miles from this place I think they will leave before long for they are badly whipped … Pray for me Mother + Father … that when the Lord Calls that I will be prepared to go in peace …”


Letter #23 – Near Atlanta, Georgia July 24/64

“… the day after the Battel, since that time we have moved to within one mile + a-half of the City and have strong works built so that if the Rebels come we will use them up, while I am writing they are shelling the city with some 24 lbs. guns which will make them stir around, I think they will soon leave …”


Letter #24 – Near Atlanta, Georgia August 13, 1864

“… our men have not taken Atlanta yet + I don’t know when we will, in front of us yesterday we took there skirmish line + advanced ours to where theres was. Some of the Prisoners said they would soon leave ... I have heard that Mobeal is ours + I hope it is so … Captain Collins … commands the Amblience Corps of the 14 Corps … there is only 20 men in the Company now … the Regiment now only has 150 guns + then the officers, which makes it 165 men in the Regiment … it has been two years from tomorrow since I enlisted what a difference there is now from then + how merciful the Lord has been in sparing my life …”


Letter #25 – Near Atlanta, Georgia August 24, 1864

“… the Rebels have not left yet, I think they are going to hold out as long as they can there are a grate many deserters coming into our lines now, I am thankful that I am still spared …”


Letter #26 – Atlanta, Georgia September 9th /64

“… we was at Jonesburrow some 20 miles south of this place, our forces had quite a hard fight there …our Regiment was not in it we were Main guard so we saw nothing of the fight we went over the Battle Grounds the day after + saw a grate many of the Prisoners .. it will be some days till we get cleaned up … think we will not have another campaign till next spring + I am in hoping that the Rebellion will play out before that time …”


Letter #27 – Atlanta, Georgia September 23rd /64

“… how good the Lord has been to me in giving me good health and preserving my life through so many dangers + still I am spared to see his goodness … we are to go on Picket tomorrow and I am in hopes that it wont rain …”


LETTER #28 – Nashville Tenn Oct/3rd/64

“… I was detached from the Regiment … to come to Nashville three weeks ago … there is a great many drafted men coming through Nashville now yester day when we was coming from Chattanooga there was three Regiments mass going to the frunt I think they will make quick work of it now …”


LETTER #29 – Nashville Tenn Oct/17/64

“.. I hope that we will stay hear this Winter I have been to see one of my Company which is in the Hospital hear + he is going home soon and will come to see you .. he was wounded on the 20th of last July …”


Letter #30 – Near Savannah – January 22, 1865

“… we left Savannah to go on another Campaign but we are stoped now on account of the rain … the roads are so bad that the Mules go down to there bellies + some of them are left to die. There are so many swamps that I think it will be some time before we can move … excuse this poor writing as I have a poor place to write …”


Letter #31 – Benton Rrs. My 3rd 1865

“… there has been some talk of us being sent to our Regment to be mustered out we were going to go today but I don’t think we will but I think we will soon … I am going to send my overcoat to Ottawa with one of the boys .. you will find a likeness which I want you to keep for me it was given to me by Cap Palmer that belonged to my Regment… the Boys are some that belong to my Reg …”


Letter #32 – Camp Buttler, May 21st 1865

“… we left St. Louis for Springfield to be mustered out + they say we will also stay hear for three weeks before our papers will be made out + I shall be glad when that time comes …”


Letter #33 – July 7th, 1865 (hastily scribbled)

“… I shall come to you the first of next week and shall be to home the last of next week …”

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