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Other Brackney Family Correspondence

Samuel Brackney Bill Connell C. M. Powell Joseph Harden

November 2, 1862 [From Samuel Brackney]

November the 2 AD 1862

Dear uncle I take my pen in hand to let you know that I am well at present and hoping these few lines ma find you enjoying the same the rest of the boys is well at present we have had a threw of bad Coleds but we are getting over that hancy had the quick step for a while but is well of them now I have bin to meeting three times since I came here it is well enough that we can go to meeting for we have a hard place I have herd more swearing since I came here than I did in three years before there is but thre in camp but what swears and that is me and henry tilery (?) is tow of tehm we do not no when we will leave here but I don not expect that we wil leave next week we have got our uniforms but we have not got our money yet we expect to get it before we leav her I have not stood gard yet but all the rest of the boys have stood gard but Jeseph Bauer we have to drill twice a day one our each time we have been on dress parade twice So no more at present

Samuel Brackney to Wilson Brackney
Excuse my bad spelling and writing write soon and let me know how you are getting a long

Direct your letter in
Care of Lieutenant underwood Co C
57 regiment

June 26, 1863 [From Samuel Brackney]

Camp in the rear of vicburg

June the 26 63

Dear uncle

I again seat my self to let you know that I am well at present and hope that thes few lines me find you enjoying the same I have not received no letter from you but I thot meby thet you did not get it and I thot thet I wood try it a gain we have seen pretty hard times for a whole they do not look any better yet but I still look for better times a bout the time that we get in Vicburg our men bload up one of there forts on our left they bload it up then they let in with our artilery and muskery our men occupys the fort now so they tell me and have cannons plented on the top I tell you now thet it made a beeg fog wne it went up the dirt flew a bout tree top high and I do not know how high the men flew but I expect that there was some flew pretty high they still keep a voley of musketry on our left but kin not tell you this time I will try and tell you more a bout it the next time for a fellow don't dare to stick his head up a bove the brest works I tell you now it is a kind of a uneasy life for a fellow don't know whenhe will get shot we are now deeging a ditch that runs right strate up to there brest works they had me out las night a deeging a fellow can deeg with pretty good heart for I had rather do that then to make any more charges over thes hills they throad a good many of our men in then too charges that we did make but I think if we have to make any more that we will have support nearly all the way we can in our ditches

Well I must close my scribbling for this time but write soon
Samuel Brackney to Wilson Brackney
I will send in this letter our colonel address after he got home well you must excuse me for not paying the postage for they have played out.

August 6, 1863 [From Samuel Brackney]

Camp Sherman Mississippi

August the 6th AD 63

Dear uncle

I again seat my self to let you know that I am well at present and hope that thes few lines find you enjoying the same I received your letter a few days a go I was glad to here that you was all well we are camped a bout twelve miles from Vicksburg We have a nice camp all the folt that I have is the water is kind unhandy we have to carry our water a bout a mile and a half it is pretty hard work carrying up the beeg hils but as for the rest of the camp I like very well we have to go on brigade drill yesterday and I tell you now that it is warm they took us right out in a open fell and there they put us threw a bout three hours pretty keen and I tell you now there was some got sunstruck the boys got pretty mad at old blarier for takeing us out in the sun well wilson I expect that you fellows knows tho has to go to war I hope that this draft will end this worst rebellion for I think the rebs is a getting tired of the war I guess that it is not much fun as they thot it would be I have bin in five little scratches and I thot that I had dun things that I seen more fun at but at vicksburg after we got out rifle pits dug then it was a little fun to keep them down for we cood get in them and load and shoot at his pleasure but still a fellow had to keep his head down or else he wood get it hurt but I think that we will not have much more fighting to do

Well I guess that I must bring my letter to a close for this time give my love to all surrounding friends so no more

Samuel Brackney to Wilson Brackney
When you write tell me how the Allen boys is getting a long and how to direct my letters to them

November 29, 1864 [From Bill Connell]

November the 29 AD 1864
Mr. Wilson Brackney
Dear Uncle

It is with plesure that I seat my self to write to you a few lines to let you now how I am getting I suppose that you have heard that I have been unwell from the twenty sixth of last June I hav not seen a well day I hav the fever and the diarrhea until it has run me down til I am not worth one cent if I was to walk a half a mile as fast as I could walk I would be played out and now uncle this is the second letter that I hav writen you and hav received no answer and now this is the last one until you write to me and then I will write to you no more at present write soon

Wilson Brackney from Mc Connell Bill
Direct you letter Nashville, tenisee hospital nof 14 ward 4
Hurraw for Old Abe

May 19, 1864 [From C. M. Powell]

Camp Dennison, O near Cincinnati

May 19th 64
Dear brother

Weary and tierd from drilling I come in quarters and try to drop you a few lines first I am well and have been since I left home we have good quarters here and is rather a nice place with the exception of water which is not very good There is about three regiment here one left today for Washington Various rumors have been circulated with regard to our destiny but from later accounts the probability is that we will stay here Some boddy must stay here and it is likely we will bee among the too regiments assigned to this post Someboddy must take care of the property here and I suppose we had as well do this as anyboddy else it is reported that there will be prisners sent here how that will bee I cannot say as for our part we would as leave go to some other post we would like to see some of the elephant; besides the butternuts will say we was too big cowards for that is all that is all the sence they have got to go any further more than tha we would like to see the country and help put down the rebellion for my part I am satisfied any way I must close for night is here and I cannot see the line on the paper Not much sickness in Camp noisy place swearing and card playing no fighting but all funn Write soon and give me the news of the neighborhood how butternutism ranks dark

Write soon direct to Camp Dennision near Cincinnati
Co. R. 156 reg. ONNG
In care of Cap. Drury
Signed, C.M. Powell

June 9, 1864 [From C. M. Powell]

Camp Dennison June 9th 1864
Mr. Wilson Brackney

Dear Brother

It is with the greatest pleasure that I seat myelf to answer your kind letter which came to hand yesterday and was very sorry to hear that you was drafted with the copperheads but I think that you done right in buying off under the circumstances Well Wilson we are nicely situated here Camp Dennison is one of the nicest places I ever saw in my life it is situated on the little Miami river it is some over one mile long and nearly as wide the soldiers barax is on the east near the river and the Hospital on the left with the Little Miami Railroad running between them on our side we have good substantial plank houses with bunks built in rows to sleep in and we have plenty to eat our drill grounds contains at least eighty acres of ground and it is as level as a plank floor we have roll call in the morning at sunrise and at six in the evening also at nine at night we drill at nine in the morning and at two oclock in the afternoon dress parade at four oclock in the Hospital is a very hansome place they have flower beds of all sizes and shapes There wards are uncommon nice with neat porches to them the number is sixty five and each ward has forty beds I want you to write to me about James and Silas Allen wheather you have heard any thing sure from them or not please write as soon as this comes to hand Nothing more at this time but remain
your friend

CM Powell

February 10, 1862 [From Joseph Harden]

February 10 AD 1862

Dear friend

I take this opportunity to answer your kind and much welcom letter which came to hand to let you now that we are all well at present and hope that these few lines ma find you in good health We have a very opin winter her but it is very healthy her wheat is ie 1.10 ex pr corn ie 40 per oats 50 pr coffee is 35 cnts sugar 13 cnts calico is 25 cnts muttin 25 to 40 cnts these are war times this abolition war makes hard times her I cant tel you wen this war will come to a close I think the Democrates party in the north will tri to settle soon I don't think ther wil be enny more Drafting dun I think if thare ill thare wil be war her for the pepel in the north wil not bar it enny longer thare is strong tolk of rebeling in the north now

I com to close now fore this time I wold be glad to see yew back with yore family an to cum and see use wunst more Want you to right as soon as you git this leter an let me now how times is thar

From Joseph Harden
James W. Allen

MMS 891 - Oscar Allen Correspondence
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