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Rachel Stanton/Searles Family Papers - MS 597 mf: Transcripts
Since we wrote to you this letter we have recieved one from you. We were well and was glad to hear that you was all well, but I am sorry to hear you have so much hard work to do that you must be kept out all winter in the cold, but it is not in my power to help you.
My healt and constitution is fast a breaking, being exposed to all the weather more than the horses of the north, fur we have to go whenever we are called upon.
Ad sends his likeness to you. He is a going to get it tok over, this is not a good one.
We have got our pay. I don't know what Ad is agoing to do with his money, as fur my self, I never shall starve fur the want of mony again. We are commandid to take care of today, fur we have no promise of tomorrow, but I will close fur this time. Write soon. From your sons A.D. and A. Searls
Repeated again. We are commandid to take care of today, fur we have no promise of tomorrow, but I will close fur this time. Write soon. From your sons A.D. and A. Searls
March 5, 1863
Once more I will try to write a few lines to let you know that I am still alive, but not very well at the presant. For I hav got a bad cough and it is using me hard. My lungs is very sore, but I think that I shall git beter now, for it is giting warm wether here.
I recieved your leter of the 25 of Jan. and was glad to here from you. Alford is very well at the presant. We hav just got those glovs and socks that you sent us and was glad of them. But it is giting warm wether here now.
Gorge Smith is dead. Edward Smith came out here after Gorge, but Gorge died two days before he got hear, so he did not see him. Edward started for home yesterday.
Well father, there is a good meny men in the north that yught to be sent to the south to live, or they ought to be made to dry up now. I can tell you that if our ridgment is sent home to force the conscription act they will wish that they never was a 21st ridtment. Our Cornel is trying to git to go home with our ridgment and I guess he will succeed and if he should then I may git to go home for a few days.
You can rest asurd that the Army of the Cumberlin is not discorige yet. They are mor determand to whip the rebels than ever. Just tell them to look at the want of the Army of the Cumberlin and see if that looks as though that they war discorige. We can com home and whip all of the rebels there in a short time and if they do not dry up and fill out the call of the prisident ther will be a larger show in the north than ever was witnest there before and all of those that are secesh will sufer and this ? propter distraid as it is in this south and we will show them how the 21st goes in when they are insulted and if they want to try our cornel and they can jump and then they will find that he has got some 800 men to back him till evry won is ded. For our Jen Rosa says that there is honir in fighting and that there is life in it to. And I do believe that ther is, for the hand of providence has lid me through a large fight.
March 9, 1863
Once more I will atempt to write a few lines to you. I am well at the presant with the exception of a bad coghf. Alford is well
You wanted to know of Alford, what I don with my things. I can tell you. As for my my close that I left, they do not amount to much, but if you want to know about my other things, if you can write to Charls Smith he can tell you about my lots and if you want to you can get a dead of lot No. 7 and in a short time I will have the other lot, so that you can git a dead of it. I will write to C.B. Smith and have him make out a dead for you of lot no. 7.
And as for my mony, I have got all of it out at presant and wher it will be safe in a long run. You may think that I have not made propr use of it, but I will try to save some of it and I think that I will send som of this years wages if I am spard and I will have you make use of it so that I can have the benifit of som of it when I com home, for I will have to begin to lay up som of my ernings to work on when I com home.
I do not expect to be very well off, but I would like to have a good begining. Now father, if you do think that I have used up my money folishly, then let me know, for I am willing to take and advise from my father.
Well, I have not got much news to write this time. We are not expecting to stay her long. We have orders to be redy to move in a moments warning.
Well, please to excuse me for this time. Pleas to write soon. Direct to Murfreesboro, Tenn - 21st Regt - Co H in car of Cap Caton
So good by from your son Addison Searls to his afectionate father Mr. E G. Searls
Addison Searl to his father Mr E G Searls. Pleas to write soon so good-by. If you would know enything more about my things, pleas to write to me and let me know what it is that you would know.
Yours with respect
March 17, 1863
Dear parents, brothers, and sisters,
Again I will try to write a few lines to you, but I do not feel enyways in debt to you for letters, for I have 2 or 3 letters unanswered that I have never recieved eny answers to yet, but let them go, for what they will fetch. We are pirty well at the presant time, hoping that you are all the same. I have no news to write you. We expect to move soon, where I cannot say.
I suppose Rosecrans is awaiting to see what the Vicksburg expidition is a going to prove to do befure he makes a general move. Our army begins to spread and force its front still further on into Dixy, but it is a matter of doubt in my mind if the rebs evacuate Vicsburg about our holding our ground here without we have a very large reinforcement. This war is a very cureous thing, at lease in the way it is carried on. But perhaps all is for the best, but I wish I was out of it. They mite fite, but it would be a hard question for the smartest of them to tell wat it is that we are a contending for, for they is no dependance, as I said years ago, to be put in man. It is every man for him self in one sence. In another, you must think, do, and support them that have the power. But if God spares my life to get out of this, they is no live man or men that will ever have the power to usirp tyrany over me. But this is anough. Pruberly I shall home this spring or summer, but nothing certain about it. I suppose you will stay where you are this year. How do they like the Conscript Act there?
Ad just got a letter from Mary. I suppose he will write some this time. George Smith is dead. He died of his wound, but all for the want of care. Ed Smith has been here and seen us. He came to take George home, but he died before he got here. He left his remains here, taking the affects that he had. I have seen Bill Smith a number of times. He has been in the Pioneer Chore, but left here yesterday and went back to his regiment, which is at Bowling Green, Ky.
But I must close for this time. My best wishes to all. Farewell. Please to write soon and oblige me.
I remain your son, Alfred D. Searl
Direct to Murfreesboro, Tenn
21st Regt OV - Co. H care of Capt Caton, Com
to my parents E.G. and M. Searls
I have no stamps or I should of paid the postage upon this.
Well father, I must draw to a close for this time. Pleas to write to me often and hav the others to write to me. We are on duty evry other day and som tims every day. Well father, I hav got to be a corpril and this will be som liter an me. Pleas to excuse me for this time. Write soon.
Direct to Murfreesburo, Tenn 21st Rigt Co H in car of Cap Caton
From your boy, Addison Searls to his father, Mr. E.G. Searls. Pleas to write soon. So good by.
Dear mother, I will try to write a few lines to you. I hope that is may find you well and all of the children too. We have got thos things you sent un and are much ablidged to you for them. Pleas to excuse me for this time, for I have not got eny news to write this time. Gorge Smith is ded. Plees to write to me often. From your son, Addison Searls to his afectionnate mother.
So good by.
Well Jane, we was glad to hear from you and to now that you had not forgot your brothers intirely. Tell Harit that I send her my love and I am much ablidge for the socks that she knit for me. Jane, pleas to write to me often.
Direct to Murfreesboro, Tenn, 21st Regt Co. H in car of Capt. Caton.
So good by from your brother Addison Searls to his sister Jane Buskirk. Pleas write soon.
Pleas to excuse me for this short leter.
Direct to Murfreesburo, Tenn, 21 regt in car of Cap Caton, Co. H
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