May 1, 1863. J.M. Cannon to Malinda Cannon

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                    Sessionvill this the 1

                              Day of may 1863

my Dear wife hit is through the

blesing of theven that I am permite

to Rit to you a gain those few Lines

will in form you that I am well at

this time hoping when those few

Lines Comes to hand they may find

you all injoyen the same Like blesing

I got nothing strang to rit to you

at this time times is peasible hear at

this time I went to the sity yesterday

And got you som salt I got one

bushel and hit will start home to

night you will hav to git som one

to go after hit for you hit is in a

cag maid like a Churn it is amity

good thing to put Lard in you must

emty it as soon as you git it I had

to giv thirteen Dollars for the salt and

one for the cag and the express I dont

no what it is yet I wold ov got mor

if I cold ov got eny thing to ov put it

in I think salt will git cheeper bee fore

Long and then I will git too or three

busheles and send home evry thing is


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mity high down hear now

I sent up my furlow a tusday I

thought I wold git to bee at home

to day but hit com back disaproved

hit was not fixt up rit and I cant

tell now when I will git to com I

am going to try it a gain as soon as I

can I hav got in the noshen to git mee

a substitut if I can git one I will

giv five hundred dollars for one if I can git

it for I hav studed so much a bout

my Litl children I cant hardley

stand it still if eny of them was

big a nuff to mak eny thing to go on


I cold stand it vary well for I hav

had beter helth sence I hav bin hear

than I ever had I way one hundred and

eighty three poundes this is a mity

helthy place hear on the coast and I

dont think we will ever hav to fight

much more hur if eny for the yankes

say them selves they cant take this

place and I think we will stay

rit hear tell peace is mad ther is

fiv or six yankey boates lying a round

hear in sight and we hav bin at

work this week a bilding som

batries in reach of them and I think


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we will tair them all up

if Mister floyed wantes to hier

Rit to mee or eny one else and  I

will traid with them you can let

Mister Mosley hav som of that salt

if hee wantes hit and I want you to

Rit as soon as you git this leter and

tell all the rest to rit for I lov to

hear from here I Recievd your kind

Leter bairing dat the 20 of Apriel

you said the children was planten

corn that day I think they will

make a bad out but I hope they

will try to make som corn for

mee when I com home hulda you

must bee a good girl and if I can

git money a nuff I will fetch

you a dress the cheapest calico is

ther is hear is worth too dollars a

yard coten cardes is worth 28 dollars

if you will all bee good children I will

fetch you all somthing when I

Com I want to see you all mity

bad I must Close my leter for

this time I still Remain your true

husband untel deth   J. M. Cannon

        To Malinda Cannon and

    afectionat children


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you wanted to no if I got

a nuff to eat I do git anuff

such as it is we git bred a plenty

we git a litle beef som times

and a litle bacon som times

and I think hit is a bout three

years oald it is mity rusty

oald meet I cant eat hit hardly

I say no more at this time

this is the first day of may






Secessionville, this the 1st day of May, 1863

My dear wife,

It is through the blessing of heaven that I am permitted to write to you again. Those few lines will inform you that I am well at this time, hoping when those few lines comes to hand they may find you all enjoying the same like blessing. I got nothing strange to write to you at this time. Times is peaceable here at this time. I went to the city yesterday and got you some salt. I got one bushel, and it will start home tonight. You will have to get someone to go after it for you. It is in a keg made like a churn. It is a mighty good thing to put lard in. You must empty it as soon as you get it. I had to give thirteen dollars for the salt and one for the keg, and the express, I donít know what it is yet. I would have got more if I could have got anything to have put it in. I think salt will get cheaper before long, and then I will get two or three bushels and send home. Everything is mighty high down here now. I sent up my furlough a Tuesday. I thought I would get to be at home today, but it come back disapproved. It was not fixed up right, and I canít tell now when I will get to come. I am going to try it again as soon as I can. I have got in the notion to get me a substitute if I can get one. I will give five hundred dollars for one if I can get it, for I have studied so much about my little children, I canít hardly stand it. Still, if any of them was big enough to make anything to go on, I could stand it very well, for I have had better health since I have been here than I ever had. I weigh one hundred and eighty-three pounds. This is a might healthy place here on the coast, and I donít think we will ever have to fight much more here if any, for the Yankees say themselves they canít take this place, and I think we will stay right here Ďtil peace is made. There is five or six Yankee boats lying around here in sight, and we have been at work this week a-building some batteries in reach of them, and I think we will tear them all up. If Mister Floyed or anyone else wants to hire, write me, and I will trade with them. You can let Mister Mosley have some of that salt if he wants it, and I want you to write as soon as you get this letter and tell all the rest to write, for I love to hear from here. I received your kind letter bearing date the 20th of  April. You said the children was planting corn that day. I think they will make a bad out, but I hope they will try to make some corn for me when I come home. Hulda, you must be a good girl, and if I can get money enough, I will fetch you a dress. The cheapest calico as there is here is worth two dollars a yard. Cotton cards is worth 28 dollars. If you will all be good children, I will fetch you all something when I come. I want to see you all mighty bad. I must close my letter for this time. I still remain your true husband until death.

       J. M. Cannon

  To Malinda Cannon and affectionate children


You wanted to know if I get enough to eat. I do get enough such as it is. We get bread aplenty. We get a little beef sometimes and a little bacon sometimes, and I think it is about three years old. It is mighty rusty old meat. I canít eat it hardly. I say no more at this time. This is the first day of May, 1863.




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