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Caley Family Correspondence

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Document Type: Autograph Letter Signed

Author: Charles Caley
Date: November 27, 1863
Place: Chattanooga, Tennessee
To: Juliaette Carpenter Caley

Physical Description: Ink on paper; 4 pages (21 x 13 cm.) on 1 folded sheet

Number: MSN CW 5024-17

Transcribed by: Jonathan Lawrence and George Rugg, 2004-05

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Chattanooga. Nov.27.1863

My Dear Wife I reseived yours of the 8th yesterday and was very glad to hear that you was wel also that the rest of the folks at home are wel I also got a leter from Thomas he Seemed to think that he was improoving Some I hope he may but am afraid he never wil be much beter he was at H Carrolls when he rote and was to stay thare until Harmon came back from the west When I rote to you last I did not think that we wer going to be back to camp So Soon we did not go out monday morning as we had expected to but went to the front about

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four in the after noon Stayed until about nine in the evening then returned to camp got one days rations and returnd to the field about three the next morning layed in rear of the infantry until about four in the after noon when the hole line of infantry mad a charge on the rebs breastworks our horses are So poor that we dared not to follow for if the rebs had driven our infantry back our poor horse could never of drawn the artilery back out of the way Oh it looked hard to See the poor men march up the mountain Side [i.e., Missionary Ridge] and the rebs just pouring Shot and Shell into them but on they went and mounted the brestworks of the enemy took nearly all of their artilery and a good many

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prisinors I dont no how heavvy our loss was but it must of ben very great our regiment did not loose many only two killed and Seven wounded Corporal Briton [i.e., Corp. John C. Britton, Co. D, 105th Ohio Infantry] of Co. D. and one private of Co. H. was all that was shot dead Sergeant Beardsley [i.e., Sgt. David C. Beardsley, Co. F, 105th Ohio Infantry] of Co. F. and Ira Eley [i.e., Corp. Ira Ely, Co. F, 105th Ohio Infantry] was Slightly wounded I dont now the names of those wounded in other companyes but Seeing the men march up that mountain one would think that never a man could get to the top alive the rebs cannon Seemed to just blaze with fire all the time
Tis reported that we have taken over 4000 prisinors if that is true I think it must thin down the ranks Some with the killed and wounded

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our men have gon in persuit of the enemey we could not go with our artilery but the rest of this brigaid has gon we came to camp last night without ever firing a gun we lay right in front of the hospitals and can See the wounded as they are braught in the ambulances are going all the time and have now nearly all the wounded in hospitals
I Shall have to draw this to a close I wil put ten dollars in this and Some in my next leter
I am afraid I cant get a furlow but wil try my best

from your Husband

rite often

Transcription last modified: 16 Dec 2005 at 10:47 AM EST

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