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Henry H. Maley Letters

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Document Type: Autograph Letter Signed

Author: Henry H. Maley
Date: [September-October 1864]
To: William M. and Elizabeth A. Maley

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

Note: Lacking opening sheet(s)

Number: MSN CW 5023-50

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

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I have filled one sheat and have not got done yet. The talk is now that we will go back to atlanta and go in to camp for a while. I hope it is so. this campaign has lasted a long time. their is so many that their time is out that it will make the army so small that we cant go a head until it recruits up some. I dont think we would have toar up the railroad if we was going to follow them very far. I dont suppose any one knows what will be dun but Sherman. I could not have got a better fitting pair of boots if I had bin at the shop my self I can march in them the best of any thing I have had since I have ben in the servis

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It dont seem to suit John Sapington [i.e., Pvt. John Sapington, Co. K, 84th Illinois Infantry] his Father talking of selling out it does not make mutch differance whare he is and it is the same with forgy they know enough to work and make a living. Their is a great many down her just like them such men as them is one thing that keepes the war up what ever any one tells them they think it is so. I donot ever expect to see Frank [i.e., Sgt. James F. Fryrear, Co. K, 84th Illinois Infantry] with the Company agan if I was in his place I wouldnot come up with out I had to he is broke down he is not half as good a man as he was before he come in to the servis I hope he will git to go home and live like a white man ought to we live here like a lot of hogs. I would like to be at home to help you eat them water mellons you spoke of

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I want to live to git home to eat them currents you have got saved for me. I think you are mistaken a bout what I wrote a bout Crotz he is a firstrate fellow if I wrote any thing a bout him that went to show that he was not the wright stripe I done it through mistake. I think as mutch of him as any boddy els that is not kin to me. and I think more of him than I do of some of my kin. I am glad to here the crops are so good you will live fine and that is the mane thing I know how it is to live poor. I donot care for mone when I can git some thing good to eat. I want you to use the money I send to you the same as you do your own I think if I live to git home I will stay their as long as I can

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It has bin some time since I have bin to a wedding. I believe Johey Harts was the last I would like to go to one firstrate now it would be some thing new all the music we have here is the brigade band it is a very good band. No one knows what good times they have at home until they try it a while then they will know. I think you will git tired of reding this slang so I will quit for this time hopeing you will answer this from your hopeful

Henry H Maley

William M Maley
E A Maley

Transcription last modified: 03 Jun 2005 at 03:15 PM EDT

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