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Caley Family Correspondence

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Document Type: Autograph Letter Signed

Author: Charles Caley
Date: January 31, 1864
Place: Chattanooga, Tennessee
To: Juliaette Carpenter Caley

Physical Description: Ink on paper; 5 pages (21 x 13 and 23 x 16 cm.) on 2 sheets, 1 folded

Number: MSN CW 5024-22

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

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Chattanooga Tenn
Jan 1864

My Dear Juliaett

I have reseived two leters from you since I last rote I am as usual wel and hope this wil find you enjoying the Same blessing the box you Sent has not got here yet or had not yesterday after noon I was at the express ofice to See if I could hear from it but could learn nothing about it it may come yet but I am afraid it is lost it continues warm and pleasant our camp is fixed up and I think we have one of the nicest camps in town to morrow one of our Lut. and the drivers Start for Nashvill

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for horses I dont know whether I am a driver or not yet they are all picked out but none of the boys no ho the drivers are yet if I dont have to go I am going to Send in aplications for a furlow but am afraid its all useless as thair is So many gon from the company now those gon are men whos time had expired and have reinlisted and geting furlows of from thirty to Sixty days it Seems to me as ift I had aught to have one if any one has earnt one I think I have how foolish I was when in the hospital year ago last fall wounded that I did not runaway from the hospital and go home they could of done nothing with me for it

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but its to late to think of that now and I was afraid to risk it then.
I had heard of the Spree that Co. F. had Newyears eve and dont think it very Strange of Nelson King [i.e., Pvt. Nelson King, Co. F, 105th Ohio Infantry]. he dont know any to much any way and I guess its nothing nu for him he is a mean low lifed Scamp I guess I have never told you about his Striking a boy belonging to Co. H. whilst on university highth he got in a quarel with him and Struck him with a club nearly killing him and the felow is not in his right mind yet it would of ben a hard job for Nel. if he had of ben found out. dont Say any thing about it it has ben kept very Still and I should not like to have the name of leting it ben known

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wel Juliaett you Say you want to See me I dar Say you do and I want to See you but if I cant get a chance to go home I must get along as wel as I can the rest of my time and that wil be half out next Saturday any way and if I have my health that wil Soon pass we are geting plenty to eat now and wil Soon have plenty of cloathing a rageder Set of men I never Saw than has ben in Chattanooga for the last four month
I wish you could See a negro regiment that is campt near us if they dont put on Stile then no Soldiers ever did when they go on dress parade the regiment takes of their hats to Salute the Col. and for al the Stile I ever Saw they can beat it

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     I did not think when I began to rite that I Should fill up a Sheat but got it ful before I knowed it
     the 105th is geting a good many recruits now days the sick that was in hospitals are coming up and Some nu enlisted men are coming yesterday twenty five came and Some have come before wel I guess I have riten about all I can for this time and wil now Stop
     by biding you good by

from your husband

Co. I. 4. U.S. Artilery
2nd brigaid. 3rd Division
Chattanooga, Tenn.

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

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