Aug 10th 1863
General Hospital Macon Ga

Dear Jane! I embrace the present
oppertunity of writing to you, to let
you know that I am Still mending
I think hoping these lines may reach
you to morrow, and find you all
well.. the chills have stoped on me
I am taking some kind of acid, my
back is very weak and hurts me some
yet.. Every day that has passed
Since you left Seemes like a week
and I have
got no letter from you
yet.. I think it is time for me to
get one I dont expect to get
to come home at all.. now I want
you to send me my old Uniform
and cap Blanket, and one pair of drawers
and my Knapsack if it is there
and that is all I want sent I expect
we will go to Marching and then I
will loose all.. I want you to
try to prepare me a yarn Quilt
for winter if you can
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I have got 2 pair pants. 3 Shirts.
2 pair Socks and 1 pair drawers
here now besides my Uniform
Suit, and 2 pair of Shoes, and when
you send that which I have sent for
I will have more than I can carry on
my back. I saw John McLain,
Wilson Shivers, & Mr. Beckham to
day. they came down on the car
I dont know where they are going
Benson told me that Pa was going to
come to see me if he does you can
send them things by him. Some
of you must come in the course
of 2 weeks and bring them for I
expect to g[o] to my Company in that
time if I dont get to come home..
it is very hard, that I cant come
while I am sick or unable for duty
if you will write to me what day
Pa will come I will meet him
at the car Shed. dont forget
my Butter-milk when any of them
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I have written 3 letters already and
this is the 4th one. I dont think I
Shall write any more until I
get a letter from you if you
will be sure to put the letters in
the office they will come to me
I dont want you to wait until
Sunday to writ a letter sind it on
to me.. I want you to go to
Milner whip that post master..
if ever I get there I bet I give
him a dressing
I am very lonesome if I could
be with my Co. or at home I would
be better Satisfied, if I was out
of this war I would not go into it
for all the Money in Ga. I might
complain if I was by my self.. but
there is 200.000. Soldiers gone to their
Graves and all the rest ruined
our country will be over-run
by Christmas and we will be
Subjugated alas! alas!
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I Some times have a good
Notion to runaway and come
home any how but they have
got Somany balls and chains a
bout here I am afraid to risk
it. if I cant get to come home
on no terms I will Submit to
my fate..
I think if I ever got home I will
know better how to appriciate all
the Blessings of our Heavenly Father”
Tell the old man Seabron to read
the 13.th. Chapter & 24.th vers. of Proverbs:
It aint like neither off us Said
If one of my Books, are in my cloths
be cirtain to Send it to me..
Learn Mollie, to bridle her tongue
I will close
Your Devoted Husband
Wm. H. Harden.
General Hospital
Macon Ga

August 10, 1863


Company C, 63 GA Infantry


Wife of William H. Harden


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Transcription/Proofing Info

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

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