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Caley Family Correspondence

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Document Type: Autograph Letter Signed

Author: Charles Caley
Date: April 27, 1865
Place: Camp
To: Juliaette Carpenter Caley

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

Number: MSN CW 5024-32

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

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Camp of the 105th
From the field
April 27th 1865

My Dear Juliaette

I receieved yours of the 10th last night it had ben a [illeg]ber of days Since I had received one before I dont think I got more than half the leters you write but that cant be helped night before last we got orders to march yesterday morning at five o'clock we got up at three and was just eating our breakfast when [2 words illeg] that Johnson [sp. Johnston] was going to Surender and we would not moove until further orders it has ben the report for the last week that he had Surenderd but it was nothing but a rumor

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Grant and Sherman went out to See Johnson day before yesterday and toald him if he did not Surender that they would moove out and attact him early yesterday Johnson wanted until noon yesterday which was granted and when we heard from thair last night he had Surenderd his force at ten o'clock yesterday (this may all be falce but I think it must be true if So I think my part of the fighting is done wel it is only one hundrd and fifteen days more for me [3 words illeg] that is not long [3 words illeg] have eight month pay due us but I begin to think we wil get no more pay until we get musterd out. Our duty is very light now we dont have out but a fue pickets and that with guard is all our duty

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Rebels that came into our lines report Jef Davice [sp. Davis] and Cabinet to of taken off through the country escorted by Wade Hamptons Cavallry also Wheelars [sp. Wheeler's] if So I think our fighting wil all be done by Cavalry hope So at last I have marched and faught all that I [illeg] but then if it becomes necessary to do it I am just as ready as I ever was and wil give them the best I can but one thing is Shure the privates inn the rebel armey Say they wont fight any more if they are forced inn to a fight they wont fire a gun I have [2 words illeg] from W--m [3 words illeg] left Golesboro [sp. Goldsboro] but if our fighting is done I think we wil go back to Raleigh inn a few dayes and probably wil See him then. We dont get much nuse here and laying inn camp is rather dull

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work So I have not much to write this morning the boys are Calling to me to go and play ball So please excuse this Short letter good by write often to your Husband

C C Caley

juliaett Caley

Transcription last modified: 16 Dec 2005 at 03:55 PM EST

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