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Charles M. Gano to Henry W. Hill - 1863 - 1864

January 8, 1863

Chattanooga, Tenn
Jan. 8th 1863

Dear brother,

I once more seat myself to inform you that I am well this morning. I hope that these few lines may find you all well. I received your kind and welcome letter day before yesterday. I was glad to hear from you and to hear that you was reasonable well. I hope that you may all enjoy good health. You said that you and father had done the best for me that you could. I thank you and father for your kindness. You can tell what is best better than I can so far away. I suppose that the cow would have been old and worth but little by this time or by the time I got home. It is all right. I had written several times to you about how things was but got no answer to that effect till this one. Brother you said if there was anything that I wanted to know to write it. You wrote to me that you was married and you did not give your wife's name before you married her. Tell me in your next. Tell father that I received a letter from him the same time I did yours and tell him, that I will not answer it just now. The Regt. is coming home soon as a veteran regt. I did not enlist. I think that I will come home first and see if things is all straight and right. By that time I hope that the war will be over. By that time I think so. Now the four [?] hundred dollars did not entice me. I could not see it. Tell father that I will answer his letter soon. You may write as soon as yout get this and direct as before. I have but little news to write The weather is cold now here. It snowed a little last night. Everything is quiet here now in regards to fighting. Grub scarce. Tell Harrison to write and tell Mother that I often think of her. Please give my best wishes to all inquiring friends and accept a share yourself. I don't know what I will do the rest of my time or until the regt. is home. I will write to father as soon as I find out. I close by bidding you good day hoping to hear from you soon.

From C. M. Gano
To H. W. Hill
I got them stamps and are thankful for them.

March 23, 1863

Murfreesboro, Tenn
Mar 23rd 1863

Dear Brother

I seat my self to answer your kind and welcome letter I was glad to hear from you and to hear that you was all well. Yours found me well. I hope that these few lines may find you all well.

We have some fighting near with pickets every day and for the 7 last days there has been some pretty heavy skirmishing in front. We think that we will have another Stone River battle soon, but I hope not. But if we have to fight them again I would rather fight them here than to go to their forts and fight them in their fortifications. If they come here they will have to fight us in our fortifications. I received a letter from one of my cousins from the Potomac and he said that the roads was getting good there and they thought that they would make a forward movement soon there. I hope that they will have good success in their movements. They have so much bad luck and discouragement in their movements that it is time that they have something to encourage them. I should like to see the close of this war but I don't think that we will give it up so I think that we can bring them to terms after while. They say that they will fight until the last man is dead but they will get tired of it after they find that we are determined to conquer them. There is hundreds of them that is as tired of it as we are. I should like to see you very much and have a good talk with you. I could talk better than what I can write. I believe that I have wrote all of the news that I have at present. Guy is not very well. I am on guard and are writing outdoors and it is raining some and I don't how as you can read what I have wrote, so I will close. So good day from your brother

To Henry W. Hill please write soon
direct as before

December 14, 1863

Chattanooga, Tenn.
Dec. 14th 1863

Dear brother,

I once more seat myself to answer your kind and welcome letter that came to hand yesterday. It found me in poor health but glad to hear from you and glad to hear that you was all well but mother. I was very sorry to hear that she was sick. Tell her that she must write to me. I am always glad to hear from her. I hope that these few lines may find you all well and so doing.

You said that you had been away on a visit. I thought it very strange that you did not write to me as I wrote several letters to you that I had not heard from and I had made up my mind that they was not welcome anymore and I had better quit writing. But your being absent accounts for it and then you also said that you had taken you a wife and that accounts for it all. I wish you much joy. A long and happy life. There is comfort to be taken in a married life if there is nothing raised to make disturbance in the family. I hope that here will be nothing to mar your peace or prosperity.

You said that you would like to have my stove it I would sell it and that I should set a price on it. I could not do it as I know not what it is worth now but you can have the use of it if you want it and if I should be spared to get home it will not be hard to settle and if I should not you will please give to the support of Mary the value of it and it will be all right.

You may please write to me and tell me if father has sold Jentel. I heard that he had sold her. I would not take forty dollars for her. I was offered thirty five for her in cash when I was at Nashville. I have wrote several times to you to know about that place and about the pens around it but I have received satisfaction about it.

I have wrote about the last battle that was fit [fought] here so I will not say anything about it. President Lincoln sent his thanks to the army of the Mississippi for what it had done and gave us the praise.

I must close for this time. I send my best wishes to you and all hoping to hear from you soon. I have but little time to write, so good bye.

I remain as ever your brother
C. M. Gano to H. W. Hill
Direct as before

February 21, 1864

Chattanooga Tenn.
Feb. 21st 1864

Dear brother Henry,

I this evening endeavor to address in answer to your kind and much welcome letter that I received three days ago. As I receive but few letters from home it is a comfort to me to hear from you all. I often think of you all that remain. Allow me to say that there is no place like home although I think that it is my duty to stay my time out but still I appreciate society very much and hope that I may have the privilege of that happy day but it is uncertain.

Well, I have but little time to write as I have so much duty to do at this time. I must cut my letter short but inform you that my health is good at this present time. I was glad to hear that you was all well with the exceptions of colds. I hope that these few lines may find you all well. Oh, Henry, it is a thing to be so long in the service and cut out of society. Well, Henry you must not think hard of me for not writing more this time as it is bed time and we are going on a three days scout and start at five o'clock in the morning. I have no news to write about the war but may have when I return. If I do return I think that there is some rebels that must routed somewhere but they had better get out in time. I close by bidding you good night hoping to hear from you often. Give my best wishes to all and you have the same with you.

I remain as ever you friend and brother

C. M. Gano
To Henry W. Hill
Direct as before

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