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Charles M. Gano to Henry W. Hill - March - June 1862

March 16, 1862

Mar. 16, 1862
Camp Andrew Jackson

Dear Brother,

I set my self down to answer your kind letter that brought the sad news to me of the death of my wife and your sister. You said that it was hard for you but you may think that it was sad news to me but if was a great consolation to me to think and hear that she died happy and went to heaven to be with our little Willy. Oh how happy she is now. Oh that I could be with her. Then my trouble would be over too. I have no desire to live any longer, if it was not for my dear little Mary, but I hope that God will spare my unprofitable life so that I can be a staff to her. Poor little girl. She is left without a mother and her pa is far from her but I will ask you as friend and brother to see that she has the best of care taken of her and you will oblige me much. Harriet wrote to me that Tab [?] was not good to her and I wish you to see to it. You must tell her that her Pa is well and feels bad to think that she has been left in this unfriendly world without a mother to take care of her. Tell Hester that she must be Mary's mother until I come home. Tell Hester that I well answer her letter as soon as I can get time. I have enough to do now. I sent fifteen dollars to home ordered to Father - to Ira Banks. Tell him if he did not get the letter that I sent him that I have sent it.

No more at present. Give my love to all and take a good share to yourself. Please write soon as you can. Take care of all of my things until I come home or you can sell them if you think it best. I must close so good day. This from your brother.

C. M. Gano
To Henry Hill
Direct the 21 Regt., Nashville Tennessee.

A few line to Hester

Dear Sister,

I wish you to take Mary as yours until I can come home if I ever do. I wrote to you and told you what to do and it you did not get it this will tell you what to do. Kiss Mary for me and tell her that her Pa sent it to her. You must forgive me for not writing more to you. I well write soon again for I feel so bad and full of trouble that I can't write. I must close, so Good Day. Please write soon. Give my love to all and take a good share to yourself and beleave me to your affectionate brother.

From your brother C.M. Gano
To Hester A. Hill.

Tell Father that I sent 15 dollars to him to the Forks of the River In care of Ira Banks and will send him more soon.

March 28, 1862

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
March the 28, l8 & 62

Dear Brother

It is with the greatest of pleasure that I seat my self to answer your kind and welcome letter dated March the 13 1862 and I was glad to hear from you and all of the rest. I was glad to hear that Mary was well. Oh how I would like to see her and embrace her in my arms again. You said that ft was hard for you to lose your dear sister and that you thought it was harder on me to lose my dear wife. Oh Henry you may well say that it was hard for me to be so far from home and in a strange land and can not get home but it is so and it cant be helped but I will try to make my self as happy as possible but my comfort is small and I think that it always will be but I will tell you that you need not look for me to come home until the war is over and then I will come home as soon as I can get there. I will give you the charge and bear off all my things and you can do just as you think best. You can sell them or keep them just as you like and it will be all right with me. Now I must tell you that I am well and the rest of the boys is well except Henry Bordner. He is sick and getting worse and I think that he will get along well enough if he has good care taken of him. I received both of your letters and answered the first immediately and I was on picket and could not write yesterday. So I thought that I would write today. I have not much to write to you but I will give you the state off things here. We are in a[n] enemies country now. They are all secesh here and we have to stay in camp or close to it there was one of our men got a pass to go out in the country day before yesterday and we have not heard from him yet. The weather here now and the peach trees is out in full bloom the most of them so you may think that it is warm.

No more at present, so good day. Give my love to all and take a good share to yourself. Please write soon. Direct to Murfreesboro Tennessee you must forgive me for not putting a postage stamp on. We can not get them here

May 2, 1862

Huntsville, Alabama
May the 2nd 1862

Dear brother

I take my pen in hand to let you know that I am well, although I don't feel good. For we had to force march last night. We marched eight miles in the dark on the railroad over the [illegible--rails?] that they have broken off the largest size and you may think that it was not good marching, and then, to make it better some of the way the ties did lay up so that they was loose. We then took the cars and went [by rail]road to Huntsville. We got here this morning at about 6 o'clock. We went to Stevenson thinking to have a fight but we got disappointed and then last night we got orders to come back to Huntsville, that the rebels had got over the Tennessee river from the west and that they was coming to Huntsville and that we should get back there as soon as we could and we poot [pulled?] out in quick time, but when we got here our men had them wiped [whipped] as the 'secesh' say. There was only t[w]o of our regt. there against eight thousand of them and they stopped them so we was left here until we are wanted somewhere else. The night before we got to Stevenson we heard that they was a fighting at Bridgeport. There was only t[w]o Regts. there and they run them there and took about 80 prisoners and killed about 70 of the secesh. Our side only lost one man and had none wounded. I have not heard the result of the last battle at the Tennessee River. They have got so that they start to run at the first shot. The prisoners say that the yankees shoot too fast for them and they say that they don't like our bomb shell for they shoot twice at once. I said in Hester's letter that we thought that we would have a hard fight here and we don't know how soon we will have one. The citizens last night was a going to break out and fight the provost guards and General Mitchell told them to go in their houses and stay there or he would burn Huntsville to ashes and then he told the guards to fire on the first man that they saw on streets after dark. No more about the war.

I received your most kind and welcome letter and was glad to hear from you and to hear that you was all well. You said that you thought that I was in that battle at Corinth but I was not there. But a great many of friends was there and I don't know how they come out. I am in the land and among the living, blest with good health and I thank God for it. And today, I stand in the field in defence of my country and I will go forth to meet my enemies and I will trust my life in the hands of my God because I know that he is able to bring me off more than conquerors although we are surrounded with wickedness and I do not live as I should For I can not. But, if God spares my poor and unprofitable life I will try to live a Christian again, although I backslid God did not forget me. No more at present so good afternoon. Give my love to all and take a good share to yourself. Please write soon

Direct to Huntsville, Alabama

This is from your freind and brother C. M. Gano
to Henry W. Hill.

June 8, 1862

Athens, Alabama
June the 8th l862

My dear Brother,

I received you kind and welcome letter dated May 23 and was glad to hear from you and all of the rest and to hear that you was all well and I hope that when these few lines find you that they will find you all well. As I have not much time to write, you must excuse me for not writing more this time. I am well today and have been well except a few days. The rest of the boys is well. I must tell you that we are on picket 12 miles from Athens. We are stationed at the junction between Huntsville and Athens two miles from Decatur. Decatur is across the Tennessee River from us. Some of us was down to the River and we thought that we saw some secesh soldiers across the river. The bridge is burnt and we could not reach them. Capt. Yates is building a boat to cross a locomotive on so that they can soon tell if there is any there, but I suppose that they will leave as soon as they see our Capt. Lummas [Loomis?] come down to the river with his guns. They let them leave Corinth just as I thought they would.

I think the head officers make too much money to have the war to close yet. We have had no fight yet and I don't think that we will have soon. I would like to see the day that the stars and stripes would wave over every state again and that peace was declared throughout the whole United States and that we could return to our homes and strike glad hands with our families and friends. Oh that wives, husbands, and children could say welcome home to fight no more. Oh that the Church members could say welcome soldiers to your homes, to your friends. Could they say our prayers have been heard and answered. I tell you that I have got to be a praying man.

No more at present but remain friend and brother.
From C. M. Gano to Henry W. Hill.

Please write soon.

Direct to Athens, Alabama and as before only put on one corner of the envelope to Gen. O. M. Mitchell's Division

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