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Henry H. Maley Letters

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Document Type: Autograph Letter Signed

Author: Henry H. Maley
Date: May 5, 1865
Place: Camp at Nashville, Tennessee
To: William M. and Elizabeth A. Maley

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

Note: Page 2 of the text was written on the recto side of the opening of the letter sheet; page 3 of the text was written on the verso side of the opening.

Number: MSN CW 5023-44

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

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..Camp at Nashville, Tenn
.May 5th 1865..


I will write A few lines to let you know that I am well.. I hope this will find you all the same.. Their is lots of talk now A bout going home and geting pay some say we will git pay next week and some say we will start home next week.. they are going to turn over .a. 100.. wagons to day out of the division train and all the horses out of the ambulance train and draw mules.. the talk is that Stanly [i.e., Maj. Gen. David S. Stanley] is going

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to take command of A division of cavalry in the regular army they say that he is going to make A speach there is going to be grand Review the last of this week I suppose he will make his speach then. The talk is that he is going to Texas. the nuse is now that the rebs in Texas are going to surrender there is no use of them trying any longer the gig is up with them now all of them say there is no use in fighting any more they never can whip us I suppose that Sam.. Cro.. thinks the ware can be settled with fighting he use to think it could not such as him has but little to say now and they better not say much

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There is going to be A man drumed through camp to day and have his hed shaved he cheared when he herd of the death of Lincoln.. he was to be shot once for dezersion and Lincoln pardoned him I think he aught to be shot now in the place of being drumed throug camp any man that will do that way aught to be killed there is some up north that aught to be served the same way only wors. they are coming A round with him I can here the tune they call it poor soldier he is dishonrable discharged and has to work out 12.. months with A ball and chane hung to him

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it is the first man that I can say I liked to see drumed through camp they didnot shave his hed I saw one drumed through camp once for stealing chickens I didnot like to see that this fellow didnot seam to care any thing A bout it he went whistleing a long and when the boys followed he rased his hat he is a hard case
Well I have wrote all I can think of so I will quit Write often to your hopeful in the army

H H Maley

Wm M And
E A Maley

Transcription last modified: 06 Jun 2005 at 02:24 PM EDT

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