Camp Gordan.
Febr. 10 1863
Mrs. Nancy J. Harden.
My Dear Wife I again Seat myself to
drop you a few lines which will
inform you that I am as well as you
ever Saw me hoping these lines may
reach and find you and Mollie.
enjoying the best of health..
Jane I am well Satisfied hear
we have the best set of Officers
in the Confederacy. Our Capt. is not
as tight as he aught to be he
lets his men do to much as they please
We have had Some of the most disagre
able weather down hear I ever Saw.hear
last week.. but it is warm and pleasant
now.. Every one that had to Stand
guard that bad weather has taken
Cold.. and Some of them are bad off
Mr. Orear is Sick at the Hospital
but he was better yesterday Jerry Singleton
is Complaining. Mr. Benson has
some Cold but he is up and about
Mr. Spencer. is leing in the tent rite
by the Sid of me he has been down
with the cra[?] [1]
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John Patterson is well and
Looks very well Last Sunday morning
at 8 Oclock I went on guard and Stood
until Monday 8 Oclock I have to do
guard duty or any thing else that comes
to hand.. and I can do it as good as
any body. There is two other men
hear who ar hard of hearing. like
myself and we all do duty as thoug we could
hear well.. and there is no difference.
The Enemy has been fireing on us
for Several days, but done no dam-
age they have thrown one Shell
over hear that weighs .365. lbs..
We are expecting a fight heare Soon
even before Sunday. the Enemy. have
74 gun boats Lying off beloow Genesis
point. They are supposed to have on board
25 or 30 thousand troops and they are
Expected to Commense landing every hour
report Says that they Sent a flag of truce
into Savannah Last night and ordred
the Women, and children all to march
out of Town for they intended to
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It is Supposed that we have about 10. or 12.
thousand troops heare now and they
Came in by the Regiment every day
Our Company has got what is Called
the Georgia Rifle with Sword Bayonet
Some of them are very good guns
while others are no big potats.. it said
that they will range 500 yards..
Jane, this may be the last Letter that
I will Ever write. I want you to take
Care of your Self, and Mollie train her up
right do not threaten her unless
you intend to to execute your threats
at all hazard.. Console your Self, and
know that it was not my fault in
coming here, I wish I could See you
and Mollie one more time.. and if I live
long enough I will I ,
Tell the old man Seabron that
I am a Jass-Ack yet.. I Stand at
the Head of the Company of Jassacks.
John Pat has been to see me since I
Commensed writing and he
is well and doing well he was
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deserted from his Company but
General Beaureguard has but [2] it
off 14 days from last Monday
So we expect to Shoot him then
..he deserted from 3 different Companies
and has got the bounty every time and
the last time he deserted he Stold
3 or 4 horses.. and so he was sentenced
to be shot..
I will send you two dollars for
Brother Washington, please give it to him
I have not drawn my money yet
but as soon as I can I will.
I now have to prepare for
Battallion drill S[o] I will as time, and
paper are about out..
Direct your letters: thus
W.H. Harden
Savanah Ga
in car of Capt. DN Martin
13th Ga Battallion
So I remain yous most affectionately
W.H. Harden

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February 10, 1863


Company C, 63 GA Infantry


Wife of William H. Harden


From State: 
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Camp Gordon


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Transcription/Proofing Info

Shiloh Peters
Transcription Date: 
March, 2012
Michael Ellis
Proof Date: 
December, 2012

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