Head Qurs. Co. “A”, 129th Ills.
Goldsboro, N.C., Mch. 26th 1865
My Dear Wife
I rode from Kinston to this place yesterday on horseback, 37 miles, & arrive[d] just before dark. I recd. 12 letters brought through from Atlanta & 10 more by to-days mail, the last from you bearing date Feb. 20th. I am very happy indeed to learn that you are well & Howard also. Continue reading →
We arrived here two days’ ago but had no opportunity to get to the command. Our train arrived this morning & will start back to-night; we will go with it. I have seen several men of the Regt. to-day, but none of my company. The loss of the Regt. in the last battle [Averysboro] is two killed and 14 wounded. James M. Pemberton of Co. “A”, & one man (Bullman) Co. “H”, Killed; & F. M. Van Doren, Co. “A”, Sergt. Mason, Co. “E”, Corp. Onstott, Co. “H” are among the wounded. I could not learn the names of all. There were three in Co. “K”. Francis Van Doren is but slightly wounded. David Jones, Co. “A”, died in South Carolina of Chronic Diarrhea. Henry Snyder, Co. “A”, has been quite sick but is much better. One man said he heard that Sam Hill was captured but had been exchanged & was again with the Company. Major Hoskins is here & will go with us. All the Co. not mentioned are reported well. Continue reading →
We arrived here safe & well yesterday evening, and leave at 8 A.M. for Kinston. The information is quite reliable, though not positive, that Schofield has formed a junction with Sherman, and that we can go through directly. We will have to march from Kinston to Goldsboro — 25 miles, but that is a very small item if we can only get through.
New Bern is a very pleasant place of about 5000 inhabitants. The weather to-day is pleasant but rained last night. I stepped up to a Q. M.’s Desk, while Burk was getting breakfast, and have only time to write a line. May God bless you with health and happiness. Kiss Howard for me.
At anchor off Morehead City, N.C.
Sunday night, March 19th 1865
My Dear Wife
We arrived here at dark & cast anchor, as our vessel draws too much water to cross the bar except at high water & in daylight. We will not get in until noon to-morrow. We hope to get direct to the Army. Continue reading →
We have just returned from a visit to “Fort Sumpter.” The water was not very rough, but it rained quite hard part of the time, & as a consequence we got wet through. We went out in a small rowboat, about as large again as old Charlie Jones’s in which you may recollect taking a ride one beautiful moonlight night several years ago. Continue reading →
Charleston, S.C. Monday morning, March 13th 1865
My Dear Wife
I went to the Post Office this morning with bright hopes of hearing from you but was doomed to disappointment. I can only wait patiently hoping that I may be more successful next mail if I should be in the city so long. Continue reading →
your kind letter of February last, was received this morning and in compliance with your request, no less than with my own wishes, I hasten to answer it I was glad to hear from you and glad to hear that you had got well I wish that you and Mr Catten would come back, the Sunday school is not as good as it was when you were hear. There dose not as as many come as did when you were hear. the Band has had a Consert and is to have an other in April, the prisbyterians is a talking about having one to, to day was quartrlimeting. Lara Russell told me to tell you that you must write to her. Mother has just got back from Ohio she said she saw some Rebles their you for got that this was 1863 instead of 1860 they have got the quire started again in the Methodist Church we have not had one Missionary meting sens you went a way they said that they must organise again. Continue reading →
Almost two weeks have elapsed and we are still in Charleston, with no better prospect of getting to our commands than when I last wrote. I am looking for some word from you by next mail. How long we may remain here, I am unable to determine. Continue reading →
Office Chief of Artillery, District of Tennesee,
Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 28th 1865.
My Dear Mollie:
Your good long letter of the 23rd reached me this morning. Just see how prompt I am to reply. Don’t you think I am improving most marvelously in my habits? I’ve begun well today – rose very early (although I did not retire very early last night) and finished the business of the morning before breakfast. Soon after breakfast the mail boy handed me your letter. And I’ve read it over lots of times – expecially that part about the girls. Continue reading →
Office Chief of Artillery, District of Tennessee,
Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 17th 1865.
Dear Sister Mollie:
I have just been making requisition on my memory for the recollection of writing you a letter a few days ago, but it refuses to render the account, therefore I conclude that I am mistaken – or rather as you once corrected me that I mistake in thinking that I have written you. I had fully intended to do it, about a week ago when I wrote to Leander, and am not now sure that I did not, but will proceed now as though I was sure that I had neglected my younger sister so long. I would on no account be so negligent in this matter did I not know that you have another “not a brother” who writes you often enough, almost, to keep you constantly reading. But do not think from this that I mean to relinquish a brother’s privalege to write to you as often, at least, as I feel like it and to expect letters from you. I am getting impatient to hear from home. Not a word from there, direct, since leaving it. Continue reading →