On to Georgia

Harrison’s next letter to Ann was written more than three months later than the previous one. Uncle Joseph has died but he makes no mention of it.. Harrison tells Ann that he has written to their father and it is possible he discussed that in an earlier letter that has not survived. He begins by expressing concern over the health of his brother-in-law, Zenas Rhoades, who is serving in the Army. He hopes that Zenas will be discharged because of his poor health.

He does include several items of interest to the military situation. First, the 13th Michigan has moved out from Chattanooga and is now camped out near Tilton, Georgia on a railroad line to Atlanta. Second, he mentions that he has been too busy to write because the unit has been engaged in pursuit of the infamous Confederate General, Nathan Bedford Forrest, in northern Alabama. Third, he notes that he is going to be eligible for the first time to vote in a Presidential election. He is excited that he will vote for President Lincoln and the vice-presidential candidate, Andrew Johnson.

As he has so often in these letters, Harrison inquires about the price of wheat – he is still anticipating the day that he will be able to return to Michigan and the life of a farmer – and wants to be kept informed about whether the money he has sent home has arrived.

 

Miss Ann Dewaters
Kalamazoo
Mich

                                                                                                                                                 Camp 13th  Mich V.V.I
Tilton Georgia
October 29th 1864

General Nathan B. Forrest

Miss Ann Dewaters absent Sister your kind letter came to hand the 28th & I was glad to hear from you to hear that you was well but was sorry to hear that zenn was So bad but was glad to hear that he had got out of Danger he will get his Discharge will he not I think he must for he will not be of aney benifit to the Government So I think they mite as well Discharge Him but Some time they never will Discharge a Man till he is Dead then they Report him absent without leaf [i.e., leave] wal the Boys ar all well I Shal not write much for I just sent a letter to Father & you can see that you said you had not heard from me in a long time I Supose the Reason was — because we was out after Farest & left our things behind when I got in camp I found 10 letters & So I had my hands full for a Day or 2 we ar now Stationed to a little place by the Name of Tilton on the Railrode to Atlanta about 50 Miles from Chattanooga whare the Rebs has torn up the Rail Rode about 15 or 20 Miles but the yankees have just got it finessed so the trains have run through I hope not aney more news I want you if aney of the rest of the Folks have the Small Pox you must let me no tell Father I want him to write & let me no when he gets that mony & tell me all of the news what Wheate is worth & So on & So forth my respects to all Inquiring Friends & 3 Cheers for Old Abe & Andy I soon Expect I shal cast my Vote for the first time & I think if I allways do as well ever time I Vote in my life as I am or will Do when I vote for Old Abe & Andy I shall allways Do my Duty to my Country So I must close hope Soon to hear from this Excuse Mistaks & Oblige Tip Write Soon

 

                                                I am very

                                                   Respectfully Yours
                                                 Brother OH Dewaters         

 

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