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Rachel Stanton/Searles Family Papers - MS 597 mf: Transcripts
Camp Murfreesborough, Tenn
April 2, 1862
We are still in the land of the living yet, but our health is not very good at present. I hope that these few and poor lines will find you enjoying good helth.
I have sent $10 to you before and I will send you $10 more by Liet. Cary Curry. He will start for home Satarday. I have not got much money to send home this time. Tell Liter ? that I will send every sent to him if he will wate till the government pays me. Tell him that I am working for him and the benefit of his children.
You said that Jane and Julia had written to us, but we have not got any from them yet. Please to tell them that if they will write and git you to seal them for them, that they will come to us and I will answer them.
Well I must stop, for we have got to git ready for a march. Please write as soon as you get this.
From Addison Searls to his father E.G. Searls, Murfreeborough, Tenn
I will try to get along and send you $15.
Through hard cating ? I have succeeded in getting $15 from him for you, but it is all he has got or nearly so. I don't know what the rate calls for. He said only $25, but I don't know.
April 3, 1862
Pay day has come to us again and we have got a litle more money, but we have not evr got our full pay and this time we have got less then ever. Ad sends you $10 in this. It is all he can send this time, fur he has not got it after keeping a little for his own youse. But I will see that he sends the ballance when we draw again, which will be within the next 60 days. Mary has sent you the $10 that I sent home with mine. I shall send this letter by our first Lutenant. He starts fur home Saturday. He will mail this at Tontoging Tontogany?, Wood Co. The $20 will stay the note till we can get the ballance.
I hope this letter will find you all well. I cannot speek aloud yet. I am heardly able to get around at all. I have been a tryeng to get a furlow, but they will not grant one they say to enyone, but we are entitled to 30 days furlow by regulations. They will not give eny reasons for not giving a furlow. But I will try to weather it out, but it is to fast for me to ever think to get rid of it intirely. Ad had got an awfull bad cold and cugh.
The weather is very warm. About as warm as we ever see it in June their. We expect to march tomorrow. That is the orders now. I soppose we are bound for Allibamey, but don't know. I don't think they is eny more likeness of peace being declarred now than they war 6 months ago. They have commencid the niger question and it will take 6 months for to jangle over it and then they will be something else. They is a few men that intend to prolong this thing as long as they can feather their nest. But the time will run out some time. We know nothing here that is satisfactory and I suppose it is so their with you. But God speed the day when we shall see this awful expence stoped and our countery at peace again.
Now with best wishes and kind love I remain as ever yur son Alfred D. Searls
Please answer this as soon as you get this. Fare well.
Address me to Camp Vanburon, near
21st Regt. OVUSA
We all expect to see Ohio before the 4th of July, but they tell us they is to be a big fight before the 20 of this month
Camp William Harrison Shelbyville
April 6, 1862
I have just recieved another letter from you mailed April 1, 1862. We was much pleased to hear from home, to hear that our friends was all in good health while sickness and death is upon every hand. That monster, as many term it, shows no respect to age or sect, but it makes but little differance when so that we are prepared. So that we have our lamps trimed and a burning and we have oil in our cans.
Ad and I are as well as could be expected under circumstances. We are able to do our alloted duty. We have made another move of 34 miles farther south. We are to move day after tomorrow, still farther on.
We have just got the news in camp of another battle fought and won in Virginia. Oh God speed the hour when the last battle is fought. If I have got to be in a fight, the sooner it somes the better. My life is in the hands of God and his will be done not mine. They is no news here more than they are disserting and coming home every day. The soldiers of their army that know eny thing of us at all will not fight nor they is no dependence to put on them.
All the way they keep as meney as they do is by fair stories and whiskey that they give them. But their whiskey is getting short and so is their men. But for all of that I do not look to get home, if I live and everything goes off right, before next winter or spring, but I dare not write to Mary. So far she feels too bad eny way. She has got her hands full, but I am glad to hear they are all well.
Add is to meeting this evening. I have to stay to take care of the tent. He and I have a tent to ourselves. We have got one of the best men for a preacher here, that we often find he labors to do good and I think he has done a good deal of good. I have stood and heard him preach where they was hundreds of stout mens eyes weat with tears, but this is not the place for a man to remember a good thing long. They is too much sin and wickedness. But I must draw to a close for this time. I think Ad will write some in this. My best wishes and kind love to all. Farewell. I sent $15 of money to you last week. I sent it by our Lutenant. He has gone home to Wood County. He will express it from there to Bellevue. I hope you will get it. I don't think we shall get eny more pay till we are discharged.
Please write soon.
April 7, 1862
Camp Harrison, Shelbyville, Tenn.
It is with pleasure that I set down to write a few lines to you. We are very well at presant and I hope this few and poor lines will find you injoying good helth.
I have not got much time to write this morning for the male is allmost redy to go out. We are still working on south and perhaps will till we git to the Misisapy River.
Well father, I have sent you $25 and will send you more to put out on interest when I get it. Please excuse me for this time and tell all of the rest of the girls to write to me.
From your son, Addison Searls to his father
E.G. Searls, please write soon
Father we shal write as often as we can, but our mail is very uncertain and unsteady to. But don't you stop writing to us, for we are glad to hear from home as often as we can. Good by for this time.
Alfred D. Dearls to his parents E.G. and M. Searls
Forget us not as we roam.
Direct to Camp Harrison, near Shelbyville, Tennissee
21st Regt OVUSA Co H Capt Caton
Furget me not for you are not furgotten. And if we never meet on this earth lets prepare to meet each other in peace in heaven.
As ever from your son, Alfred D. Searls. Tell George to write to me if he has time and all the rest of the boys of my old acquaintance. I should like to hear from Jackson Millers folks. I hope to see you all before long. Adieu.
May 11, 1862
After a long silence I take up my pen to write a few lines. I hop you will excuse me for not writing before. I had ment to but having so much on my mind have put it off. I have felt very lonesome and uneasy for the last few weeks about Alfred. I have had three letters every week for the last 3 weeks til yesterday, when to my great disappointment I did not get any. But what troubles me more the paper says there was two lieutenants of the 21st Ohio regiment and 53 privates taken prisoners, the 2 of this month at Pulaski, Tenn. Oh how anxious I feel to know weather he is among them. God only knows what a state of worry and suspence my mind is in all the time.
Most 8 months now have I been deprived of a husband society and other pleasure of his company. My heart is to full to write much to day. My head aches very hard, so does my eyes. I hope you are all well. Was sorry to hear of grandmothers death Jayne Ashton, but I hope she is better off.
My little girls are both well and hearty, often talk of their dear pa and hope he will soon come. But God only knows when that great pleasure of welcoming the absent one home again.
Eva commenced going to school again last Monday. She likes her school very much. She got 5 credit marks last week for not whispering and a little presant last night besides. Rosy is just as sweet as ever. She talks most everything now. She often wants to go to school with Eva. I have commenced weaning her today, but don't know but she will coaxe me up to let her have it again.
The children have a pet lamb they think a great deal of it. I have a good many chors to do; my cow to milk, calf to feed, hogs to feed, lamb to take care of, hens and chickens and dog to atend to, wood and water to fetch, in fact I have everything to do and everything to think of.
I expect Eva's heifer will come in soon. Our folks are real good. Willie goes to school to Morenci, Amelia stays with me nights. Oh how I wish I could see you all. It would do me good, but I can't come there and I supose you will not come here. Alfred has told me all the time lately he thought he would be home before the 4th of July, but I fear he will not. Oh what a lonesome 4th will be to me if he does not come home. Things are very backward here on acount of the cold weather. It has been warm and pleasant for the last few days. The trees are in full blossom here now.
Eva says give her love to all and tell them she would like to see them. I have written to Jane and Marrilla a spell ago, but have had no answer as yet. Give my love to them, also to Loisa and John Setzler and all the rest of the family.
I must now draw to a close. Excuse this poor letter, for I cannot keep my thoughts together long enuf to write a letter. My thoughts are far, far away with the dear absent one.
Pittie me and write to me often, as I am glad to hear from you. You don't know how lonesome I feel. Give my respect to all who my enquire after me and now with love and best wishes, I am your daughter,
To M and EG Searls
May 19, 1862
I take this oppertunity to answer your letter of the 15th April, wich came to hand yesterday. We were glad to hear from home, allthough it had been a long time a comming. But it is a warm time down here now. They is batels every day. It has become here a gurrila ware and will end in such and I don't think it will end in the bounds of 3 years, but it may.
We are well and hope you are the same. I have not had a leter from Mary in most 2 months and I feel very uneasy, but it is not her fault. We have had 3 mails captured here, one after the other. The last they got 3 big bags all full and burned them, for our men saw them do it.
They took a lot of our men prisoners and we got so hot upon them they they let them off on a parole of honor. They have our captain and 2 lutenants, the captain we have not heard from, the rest of them are in Louisville, Ky.
I have but a few moments time to write, so excuse bad writing. Please write soon. Our love to all and we remain as ever your sons,
A.D. and A. Searls. Direct to Camp Taylor, Hunstville, Alabama - 21st Regt OV Co H
May 29 1862
Camp near Athens, Alabama
Dear Parents, Brothers and Sisters,
Once again I will endeavour to write a few lines to you to let you know that we are still upon the land of the living and are well, hopping you are well and we left Huntsville the 26th for this place. How long we shall stay here or whether we shall go on to Corinth or whether we shall go back to Huntsville the soldier is kept in the dark as much or more than the slave that is all around us. I have not heard from Mary since March and it is the same way with all the privates in this division. But the officers get letters 3 times a week, but the private soldier is doomed to disappointment. I should like to hear from my family very much, but God only knows when I shall hear from them, what they are adoing at evening. We know nothing about them.
Yesterday there was 200 of our men that they had prisoners taken at Pittsburg Landing. Why or what for is more than I know. I rather anticipate they are a fighting there now. We can hear the distant boom of canon in that direction and there is not cannon between here and there unlys it is some small field pieces.
I have heard today that we were bound for that place, but I do not believe it, but it may be so. I suppose you are pirty buisey there now with your work. Harvest is coming on here prity fast. Corn does not look very well here for its age. The bigest is not more than nee high. Cotton is late, potatoes are not a native of this country, they do not do well here. They do not raise but very few of either kind, but they will need all of the provisions they can raise, for starvation stares them in the face now and they survive now but will before they can get help. If the war was to close imediateley they will suffer, for they have no meat now, nor they have no hogs to fat nor cattle to kill. There is no flour or wheat. All of their bread stuff is corn meal and that is made up in the very pourest way. It is mixed up with water, no shortning nor salt, and made in roles then put in a spider and baked a few minutes. Then it is ready for the table. Such do you find on the tables of the wealthiest families her and what is worse they cannot get any more grinding done here in these parts. They have a darky a grinding corn for bread and that is a fact. But I must draw to a close. This is the 3 letter to you since have have one from you. Now with best wishes and kind love to all my friends and the family and I remain as ever your son,
Alfred D. Searls.
Address me to Camp Taylar, Huntsville, Alabama - 21st Regt Co H Capt Caton, Mitchels Division. Please put this on. Good day, please write soon.
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