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Caley Family Correspondence

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Document Type: Autograph Letter Signed

Author: Charles Caley
Date: February 2, 1865
Place: Sisters Ferry, Georgia
To: Juliaette Carpenter Caley

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

Note: Anonymous textual addition, in blue ink: "Mother sent me these. I have no place to keep them" (p. 4)

Number: MSN CW 5024-28

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

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Sisters ferry Ga
feb 2nt 1865

My Dear Wife I have just received your letter of Jan 15th and I need not tel you I was glad to hear from you and that you was wel. I also got inn the Painesville telegraphs the suspenders which I am very thankful for also the paper and envelops which was inn the Universale paper and that to came handey as I am out on picket and had no paper with me when the mail came the boyes inn camp Sent it rigt out it is the first mail we have had for nearly two weeks.
we have had Some hard marching Since i last wrote we went round through Springfield and took rather a roundabout way to get here

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but that is all right I suppose we have had to wad Some Swamps and build roads to get our train over and now we are wating to get the road repaird So we can cross the river it is blockaided on both Sides of the river and filled with torpedoes we have had Some men hurt I dont know how maney. We forage Some a detail goes out nearly every day from here but forage is geting Scarce I went out last Sunday about Seven milds we got corn and fodder we also killed Some cattle but the teams was loaded so heavey with corn that we had to leave it we killed Six beeves and nine or ten hogs but did not take it to camp only a Small piece each of us caryed for our own use the rebs did not trouble us but the

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next day the foragers got drove inn before they got out as far as we wer Sunday and most every day they have a little Spat with Johney Reb but it dont amount to much I have heard of but one many geting hurt he belonged to the 92nd ohio and was Shot through the Shoulder and taken pisinor.
I dont know how long we may Stay here but not long Just as Soon as we can cross the river Oald Biley Sherman wil have us on the moove I hardley know how we can moove for inn South Carln it is as far as we can See under water and that is Several milds we wil have to make Corderoy roads for the train to pass on and that wil make it very Slow mooving but if oald Billey Says go we are just the boys that can

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It is rather coald writing So you must excuses this Short letter and I hope I may do better next time
Write often to your Husband


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

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