Letter from Maley, Henry H

Soldier: Maley, Henry H
Allegiance: Union
Unit/Service Branch: 84th Infantry
Home State: Illinois
Date Written: Saturday, September 10th, 1864
Location: Atlanta, GA
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Camp Life, Comrades, Eastern Theater, Enemy, Home, Hospital, Sickness, Suffering
Link Source: http://www.rarebooks.nd.edu/digital/civil_war/letters/maley/5023-16.shtml
Camp East of Atlanta
September the 10 1864

Dear Father and Mother
I thought I would answer your kind letter of the 22 of last month.

I was very glad to here that your all well. I hope this will find you as well as I am at this time. We have had a very hard time for some time back. Company K has lost as many men on this trip as we lost all the time before. Joseph Purnell is dead Pollock had to have his leg taken off. George Beaty is gitting a long fine he come up this morning it is a bad looking place it will be some time before it is well. which is while we stay in camp he is as well off here as if he was at the hospital they use wounded men awful from what the boys say that has bin wounded.

Their is quite a lot of the boys sick now their was a 11 reported not fit for duty this morning their is only 38 men in the company that includes all but the Cap and Lieut their is Stockton Brimhall Wood Sapington and two more that you donot know that cannot see if night Wm I Beaty is sick not very bad.

I think they ought to send us to the rear their is only 230 men in our regiment. at first we had 981 we have lost lots of men near a 100 in this campaign.

I did not commence right.

I hope we will stop for a while and recruit up some.

I donot think the rebs followed us further than Jonesboro that is 21 miles below here I think they was a bout as glad to stop as we ware. Some think we willnot say here long I donot see how we can start on an other campaign very soon we aught to have a long rest I think. I saw the 85 cars and 4 locomotives that the rebs burned the most of them was loded with ammunition the shells was slung all a round thick we herd it and we was 28 miles off we thought they was having a big fight up here. they tried to git it away but we had cut the road they run it up on the decature road and set it on fire. they thought we had crossed the chattahoochee and they all got drunk and had a good time old Hood had a saloot fired and they brought women in from the country and had a big dance their was some come up on the cars and when we cut the road they couldnot git back so they are here yet Shurman has ordered all that will not take the oath out of our lines their is a great many that will take the oath. Milking in the rain is nothing to soldiering when you git don milking you can go in out of the rain and we have to take it all of the time. We can stand it if any boddy can. it is only one more year and then we will eat up your good things as fast as you can cook them if you have nothing but corn bread it will be better than the folks live on down here for they donot know how to make it right they mix it up with water and no salt when it is baked you could nock a man dow with a chunk of it and never crack it.