Camp Near Dalton Ga Mar 16th 64
Dear Ma
as I have once
more the opportunity of sending
you a letter knowing that you
would like very much to hear
from me I have no news of interest
to write There is a great many of the
Boys getting furlows now three
of our company have drawn
furlows and have sent them up
They are looking for them back
every day Dick Leigh and Jimme
Doyle are too that got them.
There is no appearance of a fight
here since every thing is still
in front I do not think that
there is any yankees nearer than
Chattanooga if there is it is
but a few. The Boys have all
gone out on Corps drill to day
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I herd that they were a going
to have a sham fight to day
I do not know whether it is
so or not I recon that it is thoug
They would not let them carry
any loaded guns out with them
I am on guard to day is the reason
that I am not on drill
we have had a protracted meating
going on in the Brigade for the last
week but it has broken up
now as the Chaplain of the Regt
had to go home on account
of his family I was verry sorry to
see him leave we have been
having preaching verry near every
night for the last month
the army seams to be in better
spirits now than they have for
a long time I think that they
would do better fighting now than
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they ever have done before. Ma
I have not received a letter
from home since I left though
I know that some of you have ritten
to me before now but I have
not got them some of you must
write to me soon and let me
know how you are getting along
and if the Boys furlows should
hapen to get back al right and
they get home they expectet to bring
a box of provisions and if they
do you and Pa must send
me something by them Mar the 19
Ma the Boys furlows have not got
back yet and they are looking
for them back this eavning they do
not know whether they will come
back approved or not. we are now
in Gen Hood Corps Hindman Divis
Gen Walthall is in comand of
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the Brigade now [Ma?] tell John
that he had Better stay with
his old regimint that he will
not fare as will in eny other
as well as he has in his old one
tell him that he must write
to me soon I have nothing more
to write at present I am still
well and in fine health your
affectionate son
B F Gentry

March 16, 1864


Co. E, 29th Mississippi Infantry
Residence (County): 
Yalobusha County, MS


Residence (County): 
Yalobusha County, MS


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Michael Ellis
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November, 2013

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