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Caley Family Correspondence

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Document Type: Autograph Letter Signed

Author: Charles Caley
Date: January 12-13, 1864
Place: Chattanooga, Tennessee
To: Juliaette Carpenter Caley

Physical Description: Ink on paper; 5 pages (21 x 13 and 8 x 13 cm.) on 2 folded sheets

Number: MSN CW 5024-20

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

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Chattanooga Tenn
Jan 12th 1864

     My Dear Wife It is with much pleasur I Sit down to rite a fu lines in answer to yours of the 27th which I have just reseived it has ben on the road a long time Some times I get your leters inn less than a week after they are mailed I have not much to rite to day The weather has moderated a good deal Since I rote last Sunday but Stil continues to freze hard yet I can look out of my window and See about fifty Soldiers on a pond a Scating that is one thing that I had never expected to See in Chattanooga

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I have just ben out to drill we drill one our a day when it is pleasant and have to be on guard one day out of Seven and then one day more every week to help get up wood that is all that we have to do but I expect we wil have to make that all up when we get our horses then we wil have to have mounted drill about five ours ever day I have not heard any thing from the box yet but Shall expect to in a fu days after the cars get to runing through I heard last night that thare was an engine to run over the road to day and a train to come in to morow loaded with hard tack but it is now nearly super time and no engine has come yet

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you Seem to think you had aught to be earning Something I hardly want you to take a School but you must act at your own pleasure and try to make your Self as comfordable and contented as you can what if you dont earn any thing is it not all right I did not intend when I got you to have you for a Slave or did not intend that you Should have to work out to earn your cloath and board but if you think you can be more contented in a School perhaps it would be beter for you to get one if you can for this Sumar and I hope that I may be at home after this Sumar and then we wil try to work to geather dont you think we can do beter then

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I have not had a leter from Marey or William Thomas I dont know when I have riten two or three times to each and reseived no answer from eather one of them
I have not Seen or heard from Milton Otis but the once he then looked bad but was beter than he had ben for Some time and if he takes good care of himself I think he wil get wel
13th Morning I dont know as I have any thing mor to rite so I wil finish up this and Send it off by the mail this morning and rite in a fu days again rite often

Yours in Love


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I ust to go to School with George Jewel in Concord but it was when I was a Small boy

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

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