Head Qurs. Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vols.
In the Field, Near Marietta, Georgia
June 14th 1864
My Dear Wife
As an opportunity offers to send mail to the rear, I am happy to be able to write. We are still lying behind the fortifications on the same line we occupied a week ago. The army has been in motion and fighting, but the centre has not advanced over two miles. We have heard fighting all along the line each day. It has rained almost incessantly for 13 days, so that you can imagine the conditions of the roads, almost impassible. We are still held in readiness to move at a moment’s notice. Continue reading →
The first page (or pages) of this letter is (are) missing. [June 10, 1864]
I apprehend that for bold, daring, and careful and successful movement, it [Sherman's Atlanta campaign] has never been equaled. We have advanced our lines over 100 miles through the heart of the Enemy’s country, through some of the strongest natural fortifications in this country, in a period of 40 days. To guard a base of supplies from Louisville, Ky. to this place is of itself a herculean task, it being very nearly 500 miles. Continue reading →
Hd. Qurs. Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vols.
In the Field, Ga., June 7th 1864
My Dear Wife
Your letters of 22d, 25th & 27th have just come to hand with the Sentinel of 20th May, and 3 New York Tribune & 3 Nashville Times, with a letter from Sarah Williams. I have read none but your letters yet, as I am informed we can send our mail at 5 P.M. We have Genl. Inspection at 3 P.M., &, as I do not know how long it may last, I hasten to write before. Continue reading →
Head Qurs. Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vol. Infty.
In the Field June 5th 1864
My Dear Wife
We are lying behind the 3rd or 4th line of fortifications in the mud to-day. It has rained very hard for several days and the mud is, as a matter of course, plenty. We keep out of it in our tents by laying limbs of trees, first, and leaves upon them, with our rubber blankets on top of them, our tents over us, and two woolen blankets to cover us. Continue reading →
Camp in the Field
Near Dallas Ga. 5 June 1864.
Dear Sister Mary:
I commenced a letter to you yesterday evening but a shower intervening prevented me finishing it. I must confess to some delinquincy in writing home of late: but will do better hereafter circumstances permitting. I am happy to have the privilege of acknowledging the receipt of another letter from you. Mother’s of the 20 may and yours of the 23, reached me at the same time – six days ago. It is needless to say they were very welcome. I saw Frank last Monday, and he let me read one or two of your late letters. Frank was quite well. The 129th have been in no engagements since then. As I was writing to you yesterday evening I said “the rebs are still lying intrenched before us”: but I can not write this now, for during the last night our honorable foe “sloped” and up to present writing (as the newspaper correspondents say) 10 oclock A.M.- nothing has been heard of them. I an unable to conjecture whether they will make a stand at Maryetta, or go still farther. Continue reading →
Hd. Qurs. Co. “A” 129th Ills. Vols., 1st Brig. 3rd Div. 20th A.C.
on the Battle field, Ga., June 3rd 1864
My Dear Wife
We commenced moving from the centre to the left of our lines June 1st. The first evening we spent very pleasantly being sufficiently in the rear not to be disturbed by the roar of cannon or the roll of musketry. Continue reading →
Camp in the field near Dalis Ga.
3rd of June 1864
Dear Sister Mary
I received yours of 12th ult. at Kingston and was glad to hear from you. I did not received the one you directed to Springfd for me We staid at Kingston 3 or 4 days. and I saw Frank several times. the 129th are on our right now but as we are in the line of battle and do not know when we may get into a muss. I cant leave to go over there. There is only 1 section of the Battery in position at this point. the other two are about 1 1/2 miles to the left, Jack is with them and I have not seen him for three or four days. Continue reading →
Please pardon me for not writing sooner, I have been almost sick now for several weeks and you may guess did not feel much like writing.
It is so hard for me to write to your Co & Regt. now that my brother is gone. I wanted so much to write to you but could not. It brings everything so distinctly before my mind’s eye.
I can in imagination see my brother lying sick no mother or sister near him. I doubt not but that he had good attention, as good as could be given him. We shall never forget your kindness. God will bless you for being kind to the widow and orphan. Continue reading →
Hd. Qurs. Co. “A” 129th Regt. Ills. Vol. Infty.
1 Brig. 3rd Div., 20th A.C. In front of Dallas, Ga.
Monday Eve. [sic] May 31st 1864
My Dear Wife
I have a few moments (10) to write, & the mail is just going. My health is excellent for which my heart is thankful. We have recd. no mail yet.
We occupy the front line on the right centre to-day. We were out supporting a “Battery” & have just returned. We lost no men since Saturday [the 28th] morning in my Company and but few in the Brigade. Continue reading →