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The original letters are in very rough condition and are difficult to read, some are torn and missing parts, others are stuck together and are impossible to seperate. The letters on this page are the only best ones of the group and I want to thank David and Mary Ellen Barth for typing them out for preservation and sharing them with me so that I could share them with you. I realize that the integrity of these letters has been compromised to a degree, but we do have the originals and know for a fact that they are exact copies. Our ancestors suffered through some very hard times during this period of our American history. These letters will give you a sense of the seriousness of the hardships our ancestors endured during this terrible time! I hope that you get a true understanding from them, as I have. The first set of letters are in gif format, the rest are provided by TRAVIS HARDIN and are also available at TRAVIS HARDIN'S GENEALOGY AND DOWN HOME PAGE!

 


  • May,24,1860?
  • No Date
  • November,186?
  • November,186? Continued
  • 7,January 1863
  • Jan. 1863 Continued
  • August 25, 1862
  • August 20, 1862
  • June 20, 1862
  • First Part Stuck
  • February 25, 1863
  • April 20, 1863
  • May 5, 1863
  • January 20, 1863
  • July 13, 1864
  • July 2, 1864
  • September 25, 1869


  • The following letters and links are from and provided by TRAVIS HARDIN'S GENEALOGY AND DOWN HOME PAGE! I want to thank Travis for letting me add them to my collection. Many of these are duplicates of the previous letters, but I had already scanned them and posted them here when I came across Travis' collection and aquired his permission to place his pages here also. I just wanted to provide them ALL to you for your reading pleasure. I hope you find them as interesting as I do, ENJOY!!!


    MORE MILTON A. HARDIN LETTERS

    LETTERS FROM A CONFEDERATE SOLDIER
    TO HIS FAMILY

    June 20, 1862 to May 5, 1863



    Edited by
    Frank Ross Stewart, Centre, Alabama
    1956



    The Stewart material does not seem to be copyrighted.

    Notes


    Tennessee Letters (This Page)

    June 20, 1862, Chattanooga, Tennessee
    July 13, 1862, Grainger County, Tennessee
    July 13, 1862, Grainger County, Tennessee from Rob Sloan
    July 27, 1862, Clinch County, Tennessee
    Aug. 20, 1862, Claiborne County, Tennessee
    Aug. 24, 1862, Claiborne County, Tennessee
    August 25, 1862, Cumberland Gap, Camp Hornet's Nest, Tennessee
    November 3, 1862, Manchester, Tennessee

    Vicksburg Letters (Page 2)

    Jan. 7, 1863, Camp near Vicksburg, Mississippi
    Jan. 28, 1863, near Vicksburg
    Feb. 16, 1863, Mississippi camp near Vicksburg
    Feb. 19, 1863, Camp near Vicksburg, Mississippi from F. Minton
    Feb. 25, 1863, Camp near Vicksburg, Mississippi
    March 15, 1863, Mississippi camp near Vicksburg
    April 19, 1863, Camp near Vicksburg, Miss., from Rob Sloan
    April 20, 1863, Camp near Vicksburg, Miss.
    May 5, 1863, Camp in the Old Field
    July 2, 1864, from Mahalia Sloan

    Letters Page 1_Letters Page 2_Hardin Page_Genealogy Home


    Privates of Co, B. 31st Alabama Infantry, transcribed by Stewart

    [Some sources on the Web call this one Company "C".]

    J. A. Arrington
    John Arrington
    A.D. Arrington
    H. W. Anthony
    John Abernathy
    J. F. Beard
    Hiram Beard
    Daniel Baker
    John Bailey
    Ely Bell
    John Bell
    Elija Browning
    Jep Coley
    Patrick Carnes
    _______ Carroll
    Richard Campbell
    Richard Covington
    Lawrence Copeland
    A.B. Dempsey
    Walter Davis
    Russ Davis
    John Davis
    John Dobbins
    Mark Dean
    Pink Elrod
    Gray Elliot
    Wm. Ewing
    M. A. Espey
    Atticus Freeman
    Eli Frost
    Wm. Gibson
    Wilson Goss
    Jas. Gains
    Jas. Graham
    Richard Gaylor
    Peter Hitt
    John Haney
    John Hyatt
    Simp Hester
    Alex Hollis
    N. R. Hill
    M. D. Hill

    Avery Hardin
    Lem Kirkpatrick
    John King
    John Lambert
    Frank Lumsden
    Guss Lokey
    Frank Minton
    Jas. McAbee
    Thomas McAbee
    Wm.McGriff
    Thos. McGriff
    _____ Norton (Matthew Champion)
    _____ Norton (Isaac Marion)
    Inge Nix
    E. A. Peek
    Jas. Peek
    Robert Parker
    _____ Parker
    Foster Pardew
    John Pruitt
    W.L. Roberts
    A.P. Richardson
    Jas. Ragan
    Wess Ragan
    Sam Reedy
    Ike Reaves
    Mark Rich
    G. W. Smith
    Jas. Smith
    Andrew Swords
    Chas. Slatton
    Robert Sloan
    John Sanders
    _____ Strause
    Virgil Starks
    Calvin Story
    Mark Shearle
    Wm. Tutte
    George Tucker
    Zibe Walker
    John Walker
    Tip Walker
    John Webb
    Wm. Williams
    Bud Williams
    G. W. Whitten
    John Wilson



    Milton Avery Hardin,by Stewart

    Milton Avery Hardin was born in 1842 in Cherokee County, the son of Asa and Annis (Holmes) Hardin, both natives of the state of South Carolina. Asa Hardin was born in 1814 at Charleston. [More likely Anderson County, SC] He moved to Cherokee County, near Bluffton, about 1836. His wife, Annis Holmes, was born in 1813, daughter of [John Vernon Holmes] and [Annis Stent] Holms. She died in 1899 and is buried at Salem Cemetery by the side of her husband who died in 1887. Asa and Annis (Holmes) Hardin had: Mahala, born 1837, who married Robert E. Sloan, son of Shumate and Betsy Woolf Sloan; Mary; Milton, of this sketch; Eli H., born July 29, 1845, who married on Oct. 15, 1865, Auriana Elizabeth King, who was born July 15, 1848 at Forrester, Tuscaloosa County, Ala.; and Vernon, born 1849, who married Mattie Ferguson, daughter of Equilla and Margaret Ferguson.

    Milton Avery Hardin enlisted in Company B, 31st Alabama Infantry. Officers of this company were: Capt. Marshall J. Alexander (later John J. Nix and J. T. McClanahan); First Lieutenant A.M. Patterson; Second John Billingsley and T.P. McElrath; Third Lieutenant Weldon Hughes, J.P. Davis, R. F. Nix; Non-commissioned officers, Jinks Swords, _____ Anderson, W. M. Meeks, G. B. Carnes, D.A. Elrod, Wm. Minton, Berry Hawkins, A.F. Means, A.C. Hester, Jas. Minton, T.W. Scroggins, T.M. Lumsden.


    The Letters

    Chattanooga June 20 1862

    Dear Father and Mother,

    I will avail myself wunst more of the opportunity to let you know that I am well except with a bad cold and the each ..... John Billingsley came down from Knoxville last night. He said he would have all together or fight all the regiment left here yesterday ering to go to Shelmont. I hear that they are fighting there. The souldiers are coming here from all the confederate states We will have a big fight here before long ..... Our pervisions is scarce here .... without tents ... the sick men are just laying under trees .... It looks like our men are the last scrapings of the earth .....

    I never have heard from home sens I left. Write to me if you ever inten to any more ... how you are getting along with your crop ... if you made any wheat ... Finally I want to say to you that we are whipped shore if some other nations come in and help us. I have found out a camp life is a hard life to live and I am not satisfied with how I am getting along. There was two days and nights we had peas for bread and peas for meat and peas for coffey. so I will close for this time ... my best respects to Mahala, children, Frank and Mary.

    M. A. Hardin

    To Asa and Annis Hardin


    " There was two days and nights we had peas for bread and peas for meat and peas for coffey. "

    Granger co Tenn. July 13th l862

    Dear Father and Mother,

    It is with the greatest pleasure ..... would like to see you and be with you .... We have left Knoxville and are stationed at Rutledge ... 35 miles from Knoxville in the ugliest place in the world and have to drink branch water. Robert Sloan is well and hearty and very well satisfied but wants to come home. We are within 15 miles of the Kentucky line. You need not be afraid of us getting in a battle for the Yankees cant never find us .... We are completely hid in the Tennessee mountains .... I do not know how long we will be hear but we are ordered to keep three days rations cooked ahead to be ready to march at any hours warning ...

    William Couch says to tell Many that the mountains are so close together that he can jump from one to the other and God bless her soul how he loves her ..... I want you to write to me when you get this letter you dont know how much satisfaction it gives me ... tell all the children howdy for me ... Tell Eli and Prece Minton they had better let the girls alone til they get big enuf to plow. We heard that Davis Slatton and the rest of the boys was at Knoxille. We left several boys there that was not able to come on with us. Columbus Arrington, I.. Swords, John Sander, Herintogreen Carnes, John Hyett they all was left at Knoxville and since we got here Zib Walker and Tiff Walker are both sick and bad off. I am somewhat dissatisfied with our general. He says we have to throw away all of our close but one pare of pants, two shirts and two pare of shoes, one blank and nary tent to put our things in in time of rain ... There ant no pubilick convin to this place. We are stationed where we cant get anything ... write me ... I ant heard from you in two or three weeks ...

    Milton Hardin

    To Asa and Annis Hardin


    " William Couch says to tell Many that the mountains are so close together that he can jump from one to the other and God bless her soul how he loves her "

    Attached to July 13 [1862] letter from Granger Co. Tenn. of Milton Hardin.

    Mahaly, since Milton is writin to his pate I will write you a few lines. I am not very well. We have a heap of sickness in camp. We left several at Knoxville. Joseph Peake we left him at Chattanooga. I dont know wheather he is dead or not. There has been four died and I expect there is two more died in this time. John Hardin is sick and Zibe and Tiff Walker. Mahala I have not drawed any money yeat. We spent all of our

    money for something to eat at Chattanooga. I hope peas will be made soon. Our col. says we will be home by the last of September. I hope it will be the case but I am afraid the last words we will hear will be close up a close up and aime low boys. There have been thousands of our friends who have been snatched off the face of the earth and the last they heard was close up boys .... I remain your-most obedient husband

    Robert Sloan

    To his wife Mahala Sloan and Carline Sloan

    " There have been thousands of our friends who have been snatched off the face of the earth and the last they heard was close up boys" - Robert Sloan

    Tennessee Clinch Co. July 27, 1862

    Dear Father and mother,

    I seat myself ........ I can inform you that we ordered from here this morning. I dont know where we will go. Some of our boys left here yesterday and I dont know where they have gone. I dont know where we will go where the rest is or not.

    I think we will go to Clinton. That is about 30 miles below here. and 20 miles of Knoxville. It is though that we will have to fight down the there.

    We have to leave a heap of our boys behind sick. Robert Sloan and Frank Minton went yesterday. The Walker boys is all bad off. John Hardin is very sick.

    I got that money you sent me. It came in a good time. We see a hard time here in came tho we git a plenty to eat. We have to march very hard and we march often. We march most all the time in the night. We just take the rain and mud and lay down any where and sleep. I dont know nything about hard times until he tries camps. It was reported in camp that they are afighting at Chattanooga. I dont know hwether it is so or not. If it is so we will be in it before it stops. We have got forty or fifty thousand men thar I feel confident we will whip them thar. I got your letter. Was glad to hear. I will send this letter by Mr. Walker. I will come to a close .....

    M.A. Hardin

    To Asa A. and Annis Hardin

     

    The State of Tennessee
    Claborn County August 20th 1862

    Dear Father and Mother,

    I now seat myself to drop you a few lines to let you hear that I am well at this time hoping that these few lines may find you all enjoying the same like blessing.

    We have been in a little skirmish but there werent much damage They bummed up from about 10 oclock until night. Well Pap I can tell you I dintLike them old bums. We are in about two miles of the gap and looking for a fight every day and out pickets is afighting all the time.

    We have to form a line of battle every morning at three oclock and stay in line until day. We have about 10,000 men and they keep coming in. We think that we have got the Yankes surrounded we are on this side and they say we have a large army on the other sideof the mounting I am in hopes that we will rake them in before long

    Want to see you all mighty bad but dont known when will get the chance to come home but hit is a mity pore prospect of hit now.

    I want you to rite often and will do the same. I must come to a close by saying a remain your affectionate son until deth

    M.A. Hardin

    To Asa and Anis Hardin

    Rite and rite soon ana tell the children and Manda to rite to me and I will do the same.

     

    The State of Tennessee Claborn Co. Aug. 24 [1862]

    Dear Mother and Father,

    I now seat myself to drop you a few lines to let you know that I am well at this time hoping that these few lines may find you all enjoying the same.

    We are near Cumberland Gap but dont know how long we will stay here. We have picket fighting here everyday. On the 22nd of this instance we had a little fight here and the balls whistled over my head as thick as hail. We fought the Yanks about two hours and then doubled _____ back to the Gap but they was not much damage done, on nair side ther was not but one man kild.

    I got a letter that you sent in Mary letter. Hit was dated the 5th of Aug. Was glad to hear from you. I rote you a letter to send by Nortens _____ but as they have not got of will write you a few more lines.

    Well pap I want you to have me a pare of shoes made. If there is any chance for I have begin to need them. Know I want to see you awl mighty bad. Beby as Tuswell sick but was not bad of.

    I send my best respects to Manda and all of the children. I must close.

    M.A. Hardin

    To A.A. Hardin

     

    Camp Hornet's Nest Aug 25th 1862

    Dear Father and Mother,

    I take this opportunity of droping you a few lines ... we are stationed three miles from the Cumberland Gap and the Yankess in the Gap and Kirby Smith is on the other side with his forces. We have got the Yankess completly hemed. They have to surrender or fight soon. I seen one prisoner from there today. He stated they had only four days rations and they have no way of getting any more. Until they fight or surrender. And if they fight we will whip them ...

    I think we have picket fighting every day. Last our company got into it heavy. The Yankess bombed us and shot at us but did not hurt anybody.

    We get tolerable plenty to eat such as it. We dont get anything but flour and beef sometime we get a little bacon and some green corn.

    Our officers is making out the payrolls for our company and reckon we will draw some money before long or at least nearly so. I hope so. Wm. Couch says not to eat any roasting ears if you make any because he are eating them all here. He says he likes to shoot at the Yankess but he dont like for them to shoot at him.

    We have been up and down for a week.

    I will close for he present. Write soon and I will do the same

    Yours obediently,

    M. A. Hardin

     

    Nov. the 3rd 186[2]

    The State of Tennessee Camp near Manchester

    Dear Father and Mother,

    ... We left Core Station. We left there about two weeks ago ... we were on the raod about 13 days and traveled about 175 miles ... we are now campt about one miles from a little place called Manchester ... about 30 miles from murphybur. We dont know how long we will stay here. There is some talk of us going to Murphybur. I wish we could get stationed for a while for I am getting tired of marching. I am getting tired of the war anyway. You will fix it, and I think awl of the solyer is just like I am--for I think they are awl tired of the war. Green Carnes ses he saw from eight to ten men a day a desertun and going home as he came on and a heap swears if they dont get furlows they are going home anyway. and there is know one getting furlows now that is well. They say that they are furlowing some men from the horspital. John Billingsley got here yesterday and I got my things. I got the bread that you put in my pockets. I am glad to get anything that comes from home. Tell Eli that I got them apples and I was glad of them. and also the gubers that he sent me. Well pap William Davis is acoming back home. He aimes to start in the morning and I am going to send you fifty dolars by him. I would have sent it before if I had had the chanch. I dont know when I will get to come home. I think I will take the chanch and then I think I will hold on and see if they wont give me a furlow.

    Well pap I want you to spend my money as soon as you get it fore I am afraid it wont be any acount long.

    They say the small pocks is in about 12 miles of us and the orders came in the other morning for to have ten men in every company vaxinated and me and Frank was vaxinated. I will send Eli, Ve, and Biley, and Hap awl a shin plaster apiece. I will put them in the letter and the other money I will just give to Davis. I went you to write often for I like to hear from you. You wanted me to write how my close fit. They awl fit splendid. So I must come to a close. Nothing more only I remain your affectionate son until deth

    M. A. Hardin

    To Asa and Anis Hardin


    " MEN OF THE HILLS... DO NOT CAST YOUR LOT WITH THE REBELS. The secessionists, the flatlanders, the planters, the so-called gentlemen whose fine daughters do not acknowledge your existence would have you fight their RICH MAN'S WAR. If you join their rebel army it will be a POOR MAN'S FIGHT. " - from a U.S. recruiting poster seen in Alabama.

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    MILTON A. HARDIN LETTERS

    LETTERS FROM A CONFEDERATE SOLDIER
    TO HIS FAMILY

    June 20, 1862 to May 5, 1863



    Edited by
    Frank Ross Stewart, Centre, Alabama
    1956

    PAGE 2 - THE VICKSBURG LETTERS



    Jan. 7, 1863, Camp near Vicksburg, Mississippi
    Jan. 28, 1863, near Vicksburg
    Feb. 16, 1863, Mississippi camp near Vicksburg
    Feb. 19, 1863, Camp near Vicksburg, Mississippi from F. Minton
    Feb. 25, 1863, Camp near Vicksburg, Mississippi
    March 15, 1863, Mississippi camp near Vicksburg
    April 19, 1863, Camp near Vicksburg, Miss., from Rob Sloan
    April 20, 1863, Camp near Vicksburg, Miss.
    May 5, 1863, Camp in the Old Field
    July 2, 1864, from Mahalia Sloan


    The Vicksburg Letters

    This the 7 January [1863]
    State of Mississippi Camp near Vicksburg

    My dear Father and Mother,

    ....... Your letter I received by the hand of Robert ..... I am well at this time and hoping thes few lines find you enjoying the same likewise. I have nothing of any importance to write. We got here safe and sound. We got here just too late for the fight. And left Murphresburg just too late for the fight. So I think we have had good luck. I hope we will always have good luck. We have plenty to eat since we have been here, but it is ruf. Git corn meal we have to eat it without siftin. We have peas, and rise and shugar and molasses and beef tho I donte like this cuntry. We are in the mud all the time.

    I would like to see you all but I want never git to come home unless I do like the rest of the boys. If you git this before the boys leave tell them the conscript officer will git them. Ther names have been sent to the conscript officers. Babe saved himself by comeing on when he did if he had not he would have been reported. I have been where I could not see land. I have seen a heap of this would since I left Mobile is the largest sitty that I ever saw. If shod live to git back it will be a satisfaction to me. I will know all about all the sitties and steamers of our little confederate states. If I git to come home I will tell you a heap. You wrote to me to get a furlow and come home. I ant got a chance for that. I recd the money you sent and the brade.

    The brade came at a good time. The health of our company is not very good. There is several of the boys sick at this time. Graham Elliott, is sick and two or three that we left at the hospital, We left More Dean at Montgomery sick and Andrew Sword is sick. Frank and Babe is well as common. I think that we will leave here in short time. I should not be surprised if we dont go back to Tennessee ... I would be glad to come home .... if it was to do once again they would all go home .....

    Milton Hardin

    To Asa and Annis Hardin

    "I donte like this cuntry. We are in the mud all the time."

    " ...tell them the conscript officer will git them. "

    This is the 28th day of January l863

    Dear Father and Mother,

    I seat myself ..... I have not much to write except we have hard times hear. We have bad weather and sickness aplenty. We have small pox in our company. B____ John has got them He was bad of. It seems we never bee permitted to git home alive but I hope that we will.

    I shall always regret not coming by home with babe. I would be glad to see you all but ther ant any chance onless I runaway. I think if live tell sumer I will com any how ley them say what the will I am going to try for a transfer I jas the small pox get out of our company I dont want to stay hear for several reasons. One is we have the meanest captin in the confederate state

    I want you to rite to me son as you git this and ley me know how you ar gitting along in this trubisom world we are campt in the mississpp swamp in the cane brake so I think of mother more at this time.

    So I remain your affect son tell death

    Milton Hardin

    To Asa Hardin and family

    " We have small pox in our company "

    Feb. 16th 1863 Mississippi Camp near Vixburg

    Dear Brother,

    .... Camp is about one mile of town ... I dont like this place and hope we will go somewhere else. We are looking for a fight here any day but I am hoping that we get disappointed. Thear is some coming here nearly everyday .... Women and children were ordered out of town about a week ago.

    There was a Yankee gun boat went down the river by vicksburg knight before last and there werent but about six guns fiard at them, I believe they can pass whereever they please, and our cannon cannot pass them. This place is mity well fortyfide thear is two er three hundred nigers throwing up brest works all the time.

    Tell Mary and Hala that Frank and Bob is well Tell Rubin that Will is well. Tell Mary Hardin that I send here my best respects. and also Mary and Hala. It is muddy .... rain. In a heap of places the mud is halfleg deep.

    Eli I want you to tell all the girls howdy for me, and give them my best respects. Tell Pap and Mother that I wrote to them a few days ago and will write again. Tell Ve and Billy and Map they must be good boys until I come home. Eli you must not hug the girls two mutch.

    Tell mother I dont want any close for I have as many as I can tote.

    Milton A. Hardin

    To Eli Hardin

    " I think if live tell sumer I will com [home] any how, let them say what the will. "

    Feb. 19 Camp near Vicksburg

    Dear Father and mother,

    ..... Since I have been writing for Milton thought I would write you ... We have very hard times here. I reckon it is the same everywhar. I want to try to have me and Milton detailled to work on the railroad for I think that will be all the chance for us to ever git home ...

    F. Minton

    Asa and Annis Hardin

    A letter from Frank Minton.

    Camp near Vicksburg Miss
    Feb. 25th 1863

    Dear Father and Mother,

    I seat myself ..... I received all the things you sent me and they was all nice, and good but the pies. They was moulded and unfit to eat and I was very sorry of it.

    Robert and Frank is both well and the health of the company is very good. There is not a man in our company but what is able to go about and wait on himself. We have been very lucky as far as sickness and fighting is concerned. Very unlucky about getting to go home. A great many of the boys talk of going home as soon as we get some money. We will draw in a few days I think. Some of the Redgements in our brigade have drawn already.

    Well as to war news we have a little but not of great interest. We are laying on the south side of the Mississippi River and the Yankess is on the other side. We can see the gunboats and transportation boats. The Yankess bombed Vicksburg for three days slowly doing little or no damage and there was heavy bombing in the direction of Werrenton. We have never heard the result yet. There was a telegram came to town from Fort Hudson that there was a Yankee Gunboat run the blockade at Fort Hudson and that two of our boats was in pursuit of her. Some thinks that was the bombing we heard last night.

    Our Redg. was at Warrenton on picket last Sunday and about one oclock we heard heavy cannonading at Vicksburg. It was the heaviest I ever heard. We all expected they was bombarding the town but they was only celebrating the birth of Gen. Washington and some said they had received reenforcements what made them fire so heavy. I will close for time. Nothing more but I remain your affectionate son.

    Milton A. Hardin

    To Mr. Asa A. and Annis Hardin

     

    Mississippi Camp near Vicksburg
    March 15 18[63]

    Dear Father and Mother,

    ..... you said you want me to write often .... I got a letter from Eli ... There ant mutch news .... nor much talk of a fight here ... Know they are some talk of piece ... but I dint put much faith in it ... They are some talk of going to Morebeal but I am afraid we wont get to go fere I want to leive here ... Our captain has got back to us .... Tell Mary and Hala howdy. Well pap I have drew 44 dolars wages and I will send you 25 dolars by Lieutenant Paterson and he will send it to you by William Grifey ....

    M.A. Hardin

    To Asa and Anis Hardin

     

    April 19th Camp near Vicksburg Miss

    Dear Father Mother,

    ... hard times and that any any news ... Yanky started up the river last night and ..... sank one boat and one transport ... Yankee opened fire on the sity when they got in reach ... seems as if the heavens and earth in one solid crash ... it was a prety sight ... and a very amusin sight ... the Yankees came sheling the sity and has been ever since .... Milton hasnt come yet I have not heard from him since the 10th ... he was on sanfoure river about 100 miles from here by water dont know how far by land ... I give M. J. Alexander .... if you are amind to ... I will send ma ten dollars by billingsley ... and take it and pay it as it goes if Mahala ... ant needin it ... if she does I want her to keep it ....

    Your son until death,

    Rob Sloan

     

    April 20th Camp Near Vicksburg 1863

    My dear Father and Mother,

    .... to let you know I got back to my command safe and,sound ... There was a heap of time I never saw land ... We have been out on a fourigan expediton. And sometimes within two hundred yards of the Yankess. If they had saw us they would of got us shore. One night we could not find any land and we had to tieup our skiff and climb up in trees and stay until morning.

    Our boys drawed money while I was gone. Frank drawed mine and sent you 10 dollars by Lieutenant Billingsley ...

    M. A. Hardin

     

    Camp in the old f ield May 5th /63

    Dear Father,

    I drop you ..... Well Pap we are on a retreat from the Yankees. But we have got far enough ahead to stop and stay all night. We fought them at Port Gibson the first day of May. They were two great in numbers for us. and we had to fall back. Port Gibson in forty miles below Vicksburg. We have gone back in eight miles of Vicksburg. The Yankees got 13 of our own company. I will give you the names of some of them. Lum Arrington, John D. Lambert, John King, Gray Elliot, Bill Gibson, Bill Parker and Goss H. William Couch got killed by a cannon ball the second fire they made at our battery. General Tracy soon after the fight commenced. Colonel Hundley got badly wounded and taken prisoner. It is thought that we will give up Vicksburg soon. We lost our knapsacks and everything we had.

    I want you to write to me as soon as you can and let me know how you are getting along.

    Tell all the children howdy for me. I havent time to write much as we are expecting to leave every minute.

    I received your letter the second day of this month and glad to know that you are well. You wrote to me something about clothing. I need some now but I dont know how I will get them. I will write you when we get stationed. Nothing more at present. But I remain your son until death.

    M. A. Hardin

    To Asa Hardin

    "In December, the 31st accompanied Stevenson's Division to Vicksburg. In May 1863 it helped defend Port Gibson, Mississippi, where the regiment suffered severely. It fought at Baker's Creek, and the loss was heavy. As part of the Vicksburg garrison, the regiment suffered through the siege, and after losing a number killed and wounded, it was surrendered with the fortress."

    Milton Hardin survived Fort Gibson and died at Vicksburg. He was "snatched away" as were over nineteen thousand other Confederate and Union soldiers there.

    R. E. Sloan

    State of Alabama. Cherokee, July 2, 1864

    My Dear Companion,

    It is with pleasure I take my pen in hand to let you know I and the baby are well. Hoping this will reach you and find you enjoying the same great blessing. I have not received a letter from you since the one dated the 16 of June and I answered that the next day after I got it. I have not much now to write, only I will say to you that Henry has got home. I have been to see him and came home yesterday. He thought he was mending right smart but his wound looks very bad to me, though I think he will get well. Mountain Bill Kirkpatrick came home rounded in the hand yesterday.

    Your pap got a letter from you while I was there dated the 21íst of June and it was a great satisfaction to me to hear from you but sorry to hear you was not hearty, but thankful to hear you was alive. I was glad to hear you had got to wash and put on clean clothes one time more for it hurts my feelings bad to think how you have to do and the hardship you have to go through. I will say to you that my corn looks very well but our wheat burned out. Sorry I made 37 dozen. Mrs. Lackey wants you to let her know if you know anything about Lackey. Ther is a great many soldiers coming home and I wish you was here for I am unhappy about you and canít but hope and trust in God that your life may be spared and you may get home to me and your sweet Babe to live in peace once more. So I remain your affectionate wife until death.

    Mahalah Sloan

    Write soon and let me hear from you.

    Mahalah Sloan to Robert Sloan


    " I wish you was here for I am unhappy about you and canít but hope and trust to God that your life may be spared "

     

     


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