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Thomas Vance Papers: Transcripts - MS 1117
April 8th 
it is with pleasure that i take my pen in hand to let you know how i am a gitting along. i am well hoping these fiew lines will reach you all enjoying the same. i wrote the next day after we landed here wednesday. we are in camp in major luis about a mile from town. i expect that we will stay here to guard the town of nashvill tenisee. it is a nice country here. i like it first rate. i like souldering beter here here than i did in camp chase. it is a nicer place. the trees and grass is nice and green. there is plenty of cecesh around here and negrs. there is 50 slaves on the farm that we are on. there is a regiment of morgans cecesh some where around here. that is the report. there has ben some prisoners taken about the time that we came here. there is some around here through the woods spying. the 74 is in camp here to. i want you to write how times is and about all the news. we cant git no papers here but the nashvill papers. there is no news in them. i want you to write whither you have heard from martin vore and the rest of the souldiers and how that them is a gitting along that went to the goldmines. there was a man shot him self yesterday in the 74th. he was a blowing in it and was aplaying with the lock with his foot. i couldent get my likeness at camp chase. i will git it here if I can and send it home.
i must bring my scribling to a close for the presant. give my best respects to all inquiring friends. still remaining your true brother
So good by
direct to Nashvill Tenissee in care of Captain Heslip, Co. I, 69th regiment, O.V.I.U.S.A.
Camp union, 37 miles south Nashvill
May the 14, 1862
i take my pen in hand too in for you that i received your leter and was glad too hear from you and that you was well. i am well and harty and i still hope that when these few lines may com too hand they may find you all enjoying the same health. the boys is all well and in good spearits but Wells [Rufus R. Wells] and georg Mclary [George F. McClary] and they are a geting beter. We halve bin a hearing som purty good news. We heard that they was a fighting at corinth and the rebles was a vacuating it. if we Whip them thear we will halve them a bout Whiped. old morgan and his cavalry burnt a train of cars at lewisvill so we heard. we don’t know wheather it is so or not. When you right too me tell me what the talk is a bout the war and what has bin a goin at hom. let me know how has the store that mr Robison had we heard that it was sole out. you wanted too know what kind of times we had. We halve the best kind of times plenty too eat and nothing too doo only too stand gard every other day and night. When you right let me know if you halve got our corn planted and what archy is a working at this spring if he is raising eney corn and how he is a getting a long with his tobaco ground. We took one prisener and captured 2 too meuls. We expect too make a good hall as soon as we com a cross eney thing that is worth taking. Thear was one compney capured 500 hundr bushel of corn a few nights a go. it was all redy sheled too send to the rebel armay. it was in a ould barn and they toock it from them. i bleave i hant very much moor too right this time onley still remain your efectionet brother untill death
Hear is a envelop all ready backed. Right soon
Sept the 5th 
it is with pleasure that i take my seat to let you now how i am gitting along. i am not very well nor hant been. hoping you are all stout and hearty. i received your leter day before yesterday and was glad to hear from home. it was wrote the 9th and 10th of aug. i hant wrote any letters for three or four weeks. the male hant been going since the railroad has been tour up. i reckon you herd about our galiton fight on the lewisvill railroad. morgan took 150 prisoners and a train of carrs with about 65 horses to. we found boxes of crackers carried all over town by the citicens. they burnt the train. the 69th and 11th michigan and four pieces of artillery went thare the next day and they cidadled [skedaddled]. company A of the 69 was advance guard they fired on some of the rebels that was out and killed three and shot a horse. took the man prisoner. they soon left the town. we went in town as hard as we could run. i could not keep up. we put out pickets as soon as we got in town. they they killed two or tree. we staid there till after noon and went back. we went on the cars within 3 three miles of galiton. there was a bridge burnt when we got back there in the afternoon and got on the train and was about redy to start. the rebels came up and fierd on us killed one man. we soon got off the cars. some of the boys on top of the cars fierd at them. we got the artillery of the cars and fierd a fiew canister and grape shot supposing to kill 20 or 25 not surtain. we got on the train
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november the 9th, 1862
it is with pleasure that i once more take my pen in hand to let you know that i am well hoping that these fiew lines may reach you all enjoying good health. i have been well. i hant heard from home for about 3 months. i have wrote some not mutch. i did not expect that you would git them. we have been at nashvill all the time. the boys is all well and hearty. there is a good many troops here now. there is about 30 thousand come here 3 or 4 days ago. i guess there is 90 thousand on the roads. there was rebels close here last wednesday morning. they fired at the fort. they fired from the fort stoped their fireing. we followed them 5 or 6 miles and had a litle fight. some of them got between us and town. i believe there was none hurt of our regiment. there was 4 or 5 killed and wounded. i hant time to write any more at preasant or the male will go, so good by for the preasant. i will write again soon
Dec the 15th 
it is with pleasure that i once more take my pen in hand to write you a fiew lines to let you know how that i am at this time. i am well and hope these fiew lines may reach you all in good health. we have moved about 5 or 6 miles from nashvill on the franklin pike. neglys division is here. we are the advance on this road. we have been here 4 or 5 days. we don’t know how long we will stay here. we may go to murphysborough. they say that the rebels has a strong force there . we was a foreign [foraging] yesterday and was with in two miles of their pickets. i hant time write mutch now. i will write again. good by dear father
jan the 8, 1863
it is with pleasure that i once more take my pen in hand to write you a fiew lines to let you know that i am well and hope that these fiew lines may find you all in good health. we have been having a little fun since i last wrote. we have got to murfreesbory. we had to fight for it. i got throgh safe. there is a good many that did not. we had two or three purty hard fights. they rather got the beter of us. the first hard fight we was in the fight ten days or close under the sound of the canon. we got use to it. it raind a good dal. we had no tents and part of the time no blanket. it is nice weather now. there was five wounded and three misen in the company. i hant herd from home for three or four weks. i hant had time to write for the last ten days. i sent a likeness and a receit for sixty dollars. i hant herd from it yet. there is four months pay a coming to us now. i must bring my scribling to a close for the preasant, but still remain your true effectionate brother
S E Vance M A V [Sarah E. Vance, Mary A. Vance]
Cowin Station, 6 miles below dechard
August the 16th 
S.E Vance [Sarah E. Vance]
it is with pleasure that I once more seat myself to answer your welcome letter I received this morning. This is a very warm morning. we have a nice shady camp at the foot of the mountains. we had a heavy rain day before yesterday. I was out after peaches when it come up and I catched it all. we have peaches and roasting ears every day. the blackberys is all gone. you need not start any box to me for I dont know when I will stay at a place long enoug to git it. we had alowd to go over the mountains before this time. part of the brigade went 3 or 4 days ago. I don’t know now when we will go. I think you had better let the box go a while till cool weather. there is some talk now that we will be put on the railroad to guard if we do I might git some chance to git it. I expect that wells is some place in ohio now. he went after conscripts. I recken he has wrote to you before this time. you said you would like for me to git a furlough. there is no chance for any body to git furlough here now. my time is about half out now. the 23 of this month it is. we don’t think the rebs will make any stand at chatinoga. I must bring my scribbling to a close. good by. write soonS E Vance
August the 16th, 1863
it is with the greatest of pleasure to answer you letter I received this morning and was glad to hear that you was all well. I am well and just eat a hearty dinner on hard tack and peaches. It is a raining now. the other two brigades of our division is just now a coming from Dechard. I expect now that we will leave here soon. maby tomorrow. I like to to be a moving on and close this fox hunt I would rather be a marching than any thing else. I don’t expect that I will be at any place to git a box from you soon it is amost to hot now to send one any how.
I must bring my scribbling to a clos for the preasant. excuse all mistakes and bad scribbling and this dirty paper. this fiew lines leaves me well and I hope that they may find you all wel
good by A Vance [Anne Vance]
The order is now to leave in the morning
Sept the 28 
it is with pleasure that I now seat myself to answer your letter I received a fiew days ago. I would a wrote sooner if i had a chance. we are at Chattanooga and every regt has their own rifle pits throwed up and two [illegible] forts besides. I don’t think the rebs will attack us here. we our regt was not in the fight mutch. we stayed at corwin four weeks then we guarded a wagon train. we expect reinforcements some time this week. Rosy said that the president had promised him two corps. if we git them we all think we can leave our fortifications and drive them. they have two many for us now. they fecthed [fetched] their best troops from Virginia here. some of the prisoners said the men did not fight here like they did for Virginia. they said when they made a charge they would not stand but here they would not light out so easy. I will tell you more about our trips next time. No more.
E V TV write soon
April the 3rd 
It is with pleasure that I once more seat myself to answer your letter that I received last night. I was glad to hear from home. I was sorry to hear that there was so mutch sickness. I am as well and hearty as ever I was. we have moved camp since I wrote the last time about six miles across on the other railroad about 5 miles from ringold. You did not say any thing about any of the boys a being home. I suppose Haney and dave sayre is at home a haveing their good time. I am a having a good time now we hant mutch to do we are on duty one day out of six. I don’t think we will have mutch to do here for a while. I see in the papers that all the ohio veterans that are at home are orderd to the potomic. if our regt goes there all of us that is left here will have to go to it and we will have to go through ohio or go by the river from Cincinnati to wheling when the regt left I dident expect to go back to it any mor since they went home. there had been an order for all to go back to their own regt. You said you had not got a letter from me and you thought hard of it when I wrote I had hardly time to write what I did and when I write to one I think it might do for all when you were all to gather. you said something about that picture. I hant got any money yet. when I was at nashvill the regt got paid and I did not git any. I have 5 months a coming me now. if you will think hard I cant help it. I will try and do the best I can.
Give my best respects to william. I must quit my scribling to a close for the preasant hoping these fiew lines may find you all well. Hoping to hear from you soon. write soon.
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