Jan. 26, 1863. J.M. Cannon to Malinda Cannon

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Secessinonvill S C                   January the 26 1863

my Dear wife i again seet my self

to rit you afew lines To let you

no how iam iam well at this

time and i hop when those few

lines Comes to hand the may

find you all well and doing

well I havent eny thing straa

to rit you at this time ther is no

sign of eny fighting hear as i

can see yet ther is som talk

of peace beeing maid hear now

by the first of Apriel som of

them is beting on hit but I

dont see eny sign of peace yet

bu we dont now what is on han

ther is something on hand now

evry thing is still now we dont

hear of eny figting agoien on

now i think you have for goten

mee i hav never goten bu too leter

rs from you yet and this is six

i have sent to you i wold love


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to hear from you evry day if icold

bu i now i Cant un les you Cold

Rit you can git mister mosley

To rit once a week for you and then

you can tell mee how you air

giting along and how the res of the

thinges is doing i want to hear

from the stock how hit is giting

along hit wold bee A grat plesur

To mee to bee at home now for

i dont see no plesure hear if i was

thear to Cal up my pigs and

look at them hit wold bee

agrat plesure to mee children

you must bee good children and

i will git you all somthing

and send home to you ther is a

heep of purty things in the sity

i must Close my leter by

saying i remaines your tru and

loving husband un tel deth fairwell

J. M. Cannon To Malinda Canno

J. M. Cannon to Malinda Cannon




Secessionville, S. C.          January the 26th, 1863

My dear wife,

I again seat myself to write you a few lines to let you know how I am.  I am well at this time, and I hope when those few lines comes to hand they may find you all well and doing well.  I havenít anything strange to write you at this time.  There is no sign of any fighting here as I can see yet.  There is some talk of peace being made here now by the first of April.  Some of them is betting on it, but I donít see any sign of peace yet.  But we donít know what is on hand.  There is something on hand now.  Everything is still now.  We donít hear of any fighting a-going on now.  I think you have forgotten me.  I have never gotten but two letters from you yet, and this is six I have sent to you.  I would love to hear from you every day if I could, but I can know I canít unless you could write.  You can get Mister Mosley to write once a week for you, and then you can tell me how you are getting along and how the rest of the things is doing. I want to hear from [about] the stock, how it is getting along.[1]  It would be a great pleasure to me to be at home now for I donít see no pleasure here.  If I was there to call up my pigs and look at them, it would be a great pleasure to me.  Children, you must be good children, and I will get you all something and send home to you.  There is a heap of pretty things in the city.  I must close my letter by saying I remains your true and loving husband until death.  Farewell!

J. M. Cannon To Malinda Cannon


[1] The 1860 Agricultural Census, Georgia, Gordon County, indicated that John Milton Cannon owned three horses, two milk cows, two working oxen, one other head of cattle, and 36 swine.  The value of his livestock was $400.



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