150 Years Ago Today

Big shanty Ga
sept the 14th/64
Dear Father
I take the Present oportunity to Pen you A few lines Which I trust may find you and the famaley in the Enjoyment of health and Prosperity my reason for Writing at this time is to let you know that Clinton Arived here at bigshanty last Night About Nighn oclock hearty and With Evarey thing all straight and right and I Was truley Glad to see him once A gain and to hear you all once more the Paper Envelops stamps and Potographs Was al as desired I Also Recived by him A Boock and A large lot of Magaziens and Interesting reading Matter cent by Mrs Mary F. B. stickel Which Was truley Exceptabel and Gladly recived also the Papers that you sent me Was verey Exceptable and Wil Go far towards the Pasing of the dul Monotumous time things Are begining to War A different loock and Aspect here to What thay did When first We Arived here the Gurriliars ahve lernt to both fear and respect the old vet forty ones and so We are having Much Easier times A Gain that What We had at the first but if reports Are to be Relied on our stay here has Almost come to A Close it is said and it Comes from Good Authority that the 14th Armey Corps of the Armey of the Cumberland is to relieve all the Batallions Regiments brigades and divisions of the Armie of the Armie of the Tennesee and thay are all to Join their old Commands in the Armie of the Tennesee at Jonesburough thirtyfive Miles south of Atlanta and Prepear to Move on to old hoods Entrenchments as soon as Posibel the rebel General has taken and fortified A strong position ten Miles south of Jonesburough and Just as soon as our soldiers are rested and paid and recive A New supply of Clothing it Wil Again Move A Gainst the Enemey and that to With an Irestibel strength and Power such that Hood Cannot Withstand the onset but this may all be onley talck as to our beaing relieved here and do Not let it Caus the least uneasines to Eney of you and if We do leave for the front I shal Write and Inform you of the Move I am sorey to know that times are so hard and to hear that you are having such hard time to Get A long but such is the Fate of War high Prices and hard times and the poor have the ehaviest of the burden to bear but I shal Close for this time and hope to hear from you soon yours truley your Afecionate sone Ques
Ps I have Given you My Adres so often but I shal give it Again
Co. A 41st Regiment Illinois vet. vol. Inft
2nd. brig 4th Div. 17th Armey Corps
via Chattanooga

150 Years Ago Today

Sept 14, 1864 Wrote A letter to Father to day Clear fine and butiful My self and Clinton Went up to Moon station to see the boys there Blair Clinton and my self Went out and Eat A lot of Chinckapins Clinton tried to obtain Permision to remain at the shanty With My self but the Captain thought there Was Men Enough there and he must go to Moon station both returned to the bigshanty and he stayed all Night I am Much obliged to Mrs Mary F stickel for the Boock and Magazines that I recived from her Went out and Got all the Persimons that I and Clinton Could Eat

150 Years Ago Today

Sept 14, 1864 Cold last Night but tolerbly hot to day Was sent to Regimental head quarters this Morning in Charge of Wiliam Payden Arested for beaing found Asleap on vidett Post to the Danger and Gepardy of the Whole Command returned to bigshanty and then got on the train and Went back to see the boys at Moon station staied With them until after diner and then got on A train and Returned to bigshanty A party of the boys Went out foraging to day but got Nothing to Night Clinton Arived from Home and brought Mee A lot of Paper and Envelops and Inck and stamps and Potographs Amounting to five dolars

150 Years Ago Today

Big shanty Georgia
sept the 12th/64
My Dear Mother
your Welcom Letter of Aug the 24th Inst Writen by Mis E. j. Krone Was Recived to day and I Was Glad to recive it and to hear from you and that all Was as Wel as What you stated and I hope this may find your self Jane and Charles restored to the Enjoyment of ful and Perfect health you Write that Clinton had Arived at home and of your beaing so Glad to see him and that he loocked so Wel I am shure that I am as Wel Pleased to know that he has ben permitted to visit home and friends once in the Course of his soldiers Carear as Eney of you for it is A Privelege that Never offers Nor Comes to Menay A Poor fellow that has left his happy and peaceful home ful of high and bright hopes of the futur When the battel and strife are over to Alas have them and his Life also Extinguished in the first of his Engagements I am sorey to hear of Willie Keisters Death but so it is the fate of Cruel War makes No Distinctions but the young and fair as Wel as the Midelaged and the Aged are Alicke stricken down so that knowing this We all should be Prepared at all times to Meet death and stand at the Judgment seat of him that ruleth and Judgeth of all things and so Grand Mother thincks that I Might and ought to of visited her if I ought I Did Not have the time at least I thinck so but if I am spared to see the Close of this War and she is A Living I shal try to Pay her A visit I have since I have ben in the servis Writen thre Letters to Grand Father Keister the latest of Which Was Writen the seconed of August to None of Which have I as yet recived an Awnser I do Not doubt but that you felt sarteer bad and Childish When the Non vets of the regiment Came home and Clinton and My self stil in the servise but you are mistaken as to the Regiments Coming home for of What Was left of the original regiment there are More of them here reenlisted veterans than there Was Went home last August as for Clinton he yet has fifteen months to serve before he has been in thre years and as to my self I Went the summer of sixty one to see the rebelion Crushed and When I say that my first Enlistment Would Expire and the traitars stil be in the field I Enlisted Again and hope that by the time My time in Now out that the traitors Wil be Conquered and if thay are Not and the War for the Preservation of the Liberties and union of our Country as transmitted to us by out fore Fathers stil Continues and I am spared My Life health and strength I Expect to Enlist Again for I Never Can see the traitars succeed and shal fight them to the last We are half A Million Weaponed Med determined to Fight it out I do Not licke War and you are Wrong to thinck so but I have a principal Which I belive to be right and Just and it is to Defend that Principal Which I hold sacred Above all Els that I am here What I started for to aid in doing thre years Ago is yet unaccomplished and I Can Not as I thinck in honor quit the field and give the Contest up as sum of my Comrads have al ready done supposing all of us soldiers Was to quit and say that We had done Enough that We had done our share of fighting for our Countrey What Would be the result loock at it and Awnser the result Would be the sweep of the rebellion and the ruin and overthrow of libert and the rite of self and free Government that Would be the result if the old soldiers Was to say We have done our share let them that have done nothing yet finishe the Warck you Wish to know Why I said to Mary When there that you scolded and fretted so the Way I Came to say it Was this Marey and I Was talcking and she Wanted to know how you Was and What you Was doing and I replied that the most that I Could see you doing or hear Was your old trade of scolding and Complaining Which Was the fact and I stil say so but I Corectly Informed you are harder on her Children and scolded them more than you had right to of done and I should say the same if there talcking With you instead of Writing to you from an old Cotton Gin at bigshanty Georgia I am Wel and as hearty as Every I Was in my life I belive and trust that this may find all of you the same I Expect that sum of my friends Wil Call to see you one and all during the fair and I hope that you Wil Extend to them A Warm and Welcom reception at least I ask it for them the Weather is verey fine and Cool fall of the year is here militarey Afairs are all quiet and the Armey is beaing Paid and Clothed and reorganised and rested preparatory to Another Campaighn I to day recived A letter from Clinton Dated Aug the 26th he Was then at springfield the Writer of Mothers Letter Need have no fears as to my thincking hard of them for Writing it or having to Write it on the Contrary I am pleased to have her Come down flat footed so Write for her Again as Ever yours truley Ques to
sarah A. Krone
as I have one that I have Writen to father I shal Enclose them both in the same Envelope yours Ques

150 Years Ago Today

Sept 12, 1864 Cool Clear and fine to day I Recived to Letters to day the trains from Nashville Come through to day for the first since the 30th of August We have Not ventured out A foraging since the Capture of the thirty second boys Wrote A Letter to Mother Went out and had quite A stroll over the Grounds in the vicinety of the post and Camp this has Indeed ben A butiful Countrey With its springs of the best of Watter its broocks and rills its large rich and spreading Plantations and bold and towering Mountains before War With its horrows and desolation swept over this land

150 Years Ago Today

Sep 11, 1864 It was verey Foggy this Morning but Cleared up and has been A find Clar Cool day I Was on vidett duty last Night and to day evarey thing Was quiet there Was A heavey Mail Went to the front last Night it Was hauled over the brake in the Road the distance of fifteen Miles recived A letter for Clinton to day had A fine Mes of Grene beanes Wrote A letter to Mrs M. G. stickel the Wind this Evening blows verey Cold and fresh the boys to day Got several head of horses and Wil rig out A team

150 Years Ago

Bigshanty Georgia
Sept the 10th/64
Dear Father
times are dul and Loansome here at this time Atlanta is our the Armey has With the Exception of General Kilpatricks Caverlay Relinquished the Pursuit of Hoods Retreating and Demorialesed Armey and are Now Camped in And Around the City of Atlanta it is said that it Wil Now Rest and Recruit and Reorganise and that also All Wil be Paid before the opening of the Fall Campaighn Which Wil be A Welcom Item to the soldiers for the Greater part of them have Not Recived pay for Eight and ten Months the soldiers of the Armey of the tennesee are uneasy and Ancious Evarey thing Indicates that its Period of Rest and Repose After the battels and hard ships of the Present Campaighn Wil be but short thay Would hail With Joy an order to Return Again to the valey of the Misisippia and thay dred the Ide of Going to the East Whear all know there is Now the Gratest Need of tried and veteran Reinforcements thay know ful Wil that there Wil yet this fall be the Most teribel and Desperate of fighting for the retention or Posesion of the Rebel Capital the one side Exerting Evarey Efort and all the strength of its power to hold Posesion of it the other Making Evarey Effort and puting fourth all its Gigantic strength for its overthrow and Capture and knowing this the soldiers of the Armey of the Tennesee Are expecting that When Next the shrill blast of the bugle and the Roll of the Drum sound Forward that twil be to Join our Comrads of the Eastern Armie and Do battel under the Wals of Richmond and if Caled to that teribel Field of strife and Combat thay Wil do as thay have Ever done during all of their long and Momenteous Carear Carry victory with their banners or Els perish Nobly beneath them and seal their devotion to their to their Countrey and Leve of the liberty transmitted to them by their Forefathers by laying their bodies Neath traitor soil in defending and Mantaining it pure and Intact as transmitted to us as A sacred Legacy to be preserved as A beacon of Light and Freedom into the oppresed of the nations for all time to Come the Rebel Wheeler has Cut the Railroad between Chattanooga and Nashville and there has ben No trains through from Nashville for twelve days and I Cannot say how Much longer it Wil yet be before thay Wil be through but hope that it Wil be soon as We are all Aceious to hear once More from home and Friends and also to get the Papers and see and know once More What is doing and transpireing in other Parts of the nation and the World see What the traitor Convention at Chicago Did and ho thay Nominated the Gurrilliars Around here stil keep us ocupied and on the Alert the 8th thay Captured Fifty of the thirty seconed Illiois that Was sent out A faraging abd seven Waggons and teames the other Evening A squad of them Crosed the Railroad Close to us and We Gave them A Chase and fired A few shots at them but thay being Wel Mounted and us A foot Mde it licke the hare and turtel runing A race and so We soon gave over the Chase and returned to Camp thay have Not tore up the road Nor disturebed the trains in this vicinety for sum time Now to day A train Just as it Was Leaving here for Marietta Ran of the track but fortunatly hurt No one and broke Nothing and After an hours delay it Was got on the track and Proceded to its destination last night A soldier belonging to A Wisconsin Regiment at Marietta Was Garding A Car and so far forgot himself that he set down on the Main track of the road and Went to sleap and tunbeled over With his legs layign A Cros the track the train Came Along While he lay thus and ran over him Compleatly severing oth legs so much for sleeping While on duty A Crippel for Life and No honers Nor Pension by it General sherman has Ishued an order that all the Citizens Within fifty Miles of this road have to go North or Els Move out of the Fifty Mile limit and the Countrey is to be made desolate for that distance so that the Gurillars and bushwhackers Cannot Mantain them selves on the line of Nor in the vicinety of this road he says that as it is our Government is and has to feed and Mantain the Wimen and Children of the south that are Eney Ways Neer our lines Which all soldiers know is true and he says that We Can feed them at the North on What is Now Wasted in bringing it here and at the same time deprive the bands of Desperados of their source of Information and supply and thuse materialy hasten the final Colash of the Rebellion and We all say buly for old billy sherman the boys have been having sum Dances here With the Fair Maids of Georgia thay turning out in their home spun barefooted destitute of Creoline and the Generality of them long as A Rail to trip the fantastic toe and Chase Away sleep and repose until the We rosy hours of Morn to Day the telegraph Corps are Along puting up another line of Wire so that hen it is finished there Wil be No trubel as there is Now in holding Comuni Cation with Gods Countrey as the soldiers term the North but I quit the dance before I had finished With it and that Was to say that I do Not fancy them and take No Part Nor hand in them for I thinck the Wimen that are here are the Perfect of scourings of humanty and virtue is to them A Perfect stranger the better and refined Clas of the Inhabitants left here before the rebel Armie Did to day is our Ration day and to Night I am on vidett duty I have had No letters from you since the Eleventh of Aug and but the one from susan since then so that I am begining to Wish to hear from home and how things are Going there I Wrote A Letter the seconed of this Month to Mr Felix stickel it is backed Mr F. B. stickel I mention it so that if he has Not Recived it you Wil know Whose it is if it should be Advertised Clinton has Not yet Arived if he has started let Me know Whear he is if you know When you recived this that the health of the Men Never Was better than at this present time I am Wel and fat as buck and trust that through the Mercy of him ho temperth the Wine of the heavens and the Waves of the oacen to stil Enjoy A Continuance
of the sane Great and Inestiamebel blesings and hoping that these few lines may find you one and all Enjoying the blesings of health hapines and Prosperity I Close my Love to you and all the Famaley and respect to all Enquireing Friends Ques to his Father
Adres
D. H. Krone Co. A. 41st Regt Ills vet. vol. Inft
2ond brigade 4th Division 17th A. C
via Chattanooga – Marietta Georgia

We have heard the rebel yell
We have heard the union shout
We have Weighed the Matter verry Well
and mean to fight it out
In victorys happy Glow
In the gloom of utter rout
We have Pledged ourselves “Come Weak or Woe
by heaven we fight it out
2
Tis now too late to question
What brought the War about
tis A thing of pride and Pasion
and We mean to fight it out
Let the big Wigs use the Pen
Let them caucus let them spout
We are half A Million Weaponed men
And mean to fight it out
3
Our Dead our Loved are crying
From many A stormed redoubt
In the swamps and trenches lying
Oh comrades fight it out
twas our Comfort as We fell
to hear your Gathering shout
Rolling back the rebels weaker yell
God speed you fight it out
4th
Oh We’ve hear the rebel yell
We have heard the union shout
We have Weighed the matter Well
And mean to fight it out
In the flush of Perfect triumph
And the Gloom of utter rout
We have swarn on many A bloody field
We mean to Fight it out

the song for the young folcks
Why dont Mother
Write once in A
While Ques