150 Years Ago Today

Camp Near savannah Ga
Dec the 19th..64
Dear Brother
I take the time to Pen you A Few Lines to Night in Awnser to yours of 20th Nov/64 Which Was Recived the 18th Inst and its Contents Was Gladly Perused I Was Glad to hear of your Continued Good Health and to Learn that you Was stil Worcking For Mr Taylor For it is Much better for A Man that has to Worck by the Month to have A Good Place With steady Worck to Live at Much More so than to Live thre Months here and thre Months there Wel since I Wrote Last to you I have traveled A Menay A Long and Weary Mile through the sands and swamps of Georgia We have since the 13th of Last Nov to the 10th of December thre hundred and Forty Miles Caring all our traps on our backs We Marched from 15en to 30ty Miles Per Day We had the best of Evarey thing that the Countrey Afforded or Produced and We left ruin and devastation in our Wake We Pased Within ten Miles of the Capital of the state but the 14th and 20th Corps Pased through it and if rebels tel the truth thay Compleatley Gutted it We struck the Macon and savannah Railroad at Gordon the Junction of the Road to Milageville the Georgia Centeral We burnt its Entire Length Leaving Not A tie Nor rail or stringer in its Entire Length We have Got our Cracker Line open and Got sum rations to day and tomorrow We Wil Recive Evarey thing there is the useual fireing on the Lines to day and Fort Jackson Was taken to day it Was the First of the Rebel defences on the savannah River the Fate of the City is sealed and it and Evarey Rebel that it Contains are our their Gun boats have been shelling the 20th Corps but our battries Can throw shell in to the City but as you Wrote but Littel and I have but Littel to Write at this time I shal Come to A Close hoping these few lines May find you in the Enjoyment of as Good Health as What it Leaves My self My health has Never been better than at the Present time since I have been A soldier Write When you Can and I shal do the same Ques there is No telling Whear Next I Wil Write to you from

150 Years Ago Today

Dec the 19th..64 the Customarey Dew or fog last Night but Clear and Warm to day I am on duty to day Garding the Prisnors to day We sent of the Prisnors that are Going to take the oath and quit the rebel servise there is the usual Fireing on the Lines to day We drew A days Rations to day the Rebels in the City are tolerbly boastful General sherman summond the City to surrender stating that his Lines Was Within to and A half miles of the City to Which General Hardee declined Acceeding deniing that our Lines Was As Near s stated and Also stating that he had to lines that We had Not yet Molested Wrote A Letter to Jese A Krone Wrote A LEtter to Theodore Pifer

150 Years Ago Today

Dec the 18th..64 Day Fine and butiful and Warm to day sent of all the Prisnors or Regular Confederates to day there has been sum Fighting but in the Main things have been verey quiet on the Lines to day the Armey is drawing Rations to day Was on duty for to hours to day to day We Recived several More Johnies to day in our bul Pen and also one Queen victoriea Man several of the Prisnors are Joining our servise Wrote A Letter to Father Wrote A Letter to Addie shelly Wrote A Letter to Wm. P. Allsman Wrote A Letter to A. F Turpin Wrote A Notification of the desertion of George F. Taylor to his relatives at stonington Christian County

150 Years Ago Today

Dec the 17th..64 Was Relived from Gard duty this Morning the Mail Came in Last Night and all are reading Letters to day to day I Went to the Pioneer Corps to Get My Portfolio so as to Write Awnsers I recived seven Letters Also Went to the ogeechee River and saw the boats on the River the day Was verey butiful the days are hot and at Night A heavey dew falls there is hardley Eney Fighting to day as yet We have Not drew rations and are Living on Rice and Corn Meal Another Rebel Was brought in to day he is Direct from Hoods Armey on Furlow and Lived in savannah he Wil Now Live North

150 Years Ago Today

the Weather is Clear Fine Warm and butiful on Gard duty to day Garding the Johnies there Was A General Inspection of Armes and Accouterments and Knapsacks and Cloathing the Morning and A Estimate sent in of Evarey thing Needed to Equip the Regiment to day all of the Reserve troops are Going round on the Rite to storm Fort Jackson the first of the Rebel Defences on the savannah River the 20th Corps has Captured to rebel Gun boats and liberated A lot of our Men from Prison

150 Years Ago Today

Dec the 15th..64 Arived in Camp at one oclock Last Night tired and hungrey having traveled 20ty Miles since to oclock Coocked and Eat supper And Layed down and slept until Breackfast Was Ready this Morning to day had My Cloathing Washed Paid 20cts for it rations are verey scarce Crackers are All out for dinner to day We had sweatpotatoes fresh Porck and Coffee for supper to Night Rice Porck and Coffee We have Captured all the Rebel Forts and battries on the ogeechee River and Just as soon as We Can rais the torpedos of Which the River is filed ful We Wil Get our rations And Cloathing and Mail We are all verey Ancious to hear from our Homes and Friends the seig is Progresing finely We advance our Lines Closer Evarey day the fate of the rebels is sealed here

150 Years Ago Today

Dec the 14th..64 the Forage train Camped on A Large Plantation 18en Miles from Camp We had No blanckets With us Nor Rations foraged sum Meal and Made Mush for supper and breackfast the 15th Corps stormed Fort Mcalister and Captured thre thousand Prisnors and thirty Five Peices of Artillery the 4th Division 17th Corps Charged and Captured A Fort and six Peices of Artillery on the Great savanah Picke Road this Morning We Went ten Miles further to John Clarcks Plantation and Loaded the Head quarter teams With Corn Foder and Hogs and Potatoes and started for Camp Was at Flemings station on the Gulf Railroad twenty four Miles from savanah Got to Camp at Mid Night having traveled 20ty Miles siince one oclock in Crosing the ogeechee bottoms the teams staled and We had to lift them out We had Great times A Foraging the teams all Licked to of Went under in the ogeechey River bottoms We have bridged the ogeechee River We are verey short of rations and Canot Get Eney until We Can Get the torpedos out of the ogeechee River I have been down the Coast thirty Miles it is one Great swamp all through I have saw the tide Eb and flow and dranck sea Watter or rather tasted it