Aug. 10, 1863.Malinda Cannon to J.M. Cannon

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Gorgia    Gordon    Co    August    the    10    1863

 

                My Dear Husband  it

    is through the cind mercy of god

that i am spaird to translate

you a few broken remarks

in order that you may no that

we are all in tolerable good health

at this time and i thank god

for his blessing and truly hope

those few lines May reach youre

           affectionate hand in

          Dew time and find you

in a reasenable portion of

good health I receive youre

cind letter yesterday wich

come by the hand of andrue

fillips which i was glad to

here from you and to hear that

you was still on the land

a mong the living but was

sorry to here that you could

not have youre health

 

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but i trust and pray that you

may have youre health here

after if you could only get

a furlow to come home so that

I could wait on you while you

are sick it wood be a grate

satisfaction to me if i only

could have that pleasure it wood

be joy to me and pleasure to you

Milton i want to see you the i ever

did in my life and see you at home to

git a good Drink of water Milton

i am Sorry to relate to you the

Death of Dison Powell he Deid a

long the first of july he left a wife

a tin children and the children

is all sick nearly so no more about

that Milton when i git

to studing about you and to

think about what sort of a times you

see it all most brakes my heart

but i pray for god to here My

prayors that you May live

 

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to return to youre home and

fire side again i hope the time

is groing short when we will

have the pleasure of seeing

each other a gain on this earth

and enjoy our selves to gether as

we once have in time past and

gone but if we never Meet in

this troubblesome world

i pray to god that we may meet

in heaven where parting is

never known and troubbles

and sorrows will have an end

Milton i will say to you

that ever thing that is for mar

ket sell at a hy price i got

me 2 bunches of thread the

other day and had to pay thirty

one Dollars for them and you

may no by that that ever

thing is hy Milton Dave

P  hings has got so that

he wont let leters

 

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that the postedge haint payed

on be fetch on his hose i will

try to pay for Mine and

get them as you sendem and

you ceep youre money if you

have got any to buy any thing

you need Milton if i was

all the Soldiers in the south

erns confedrency states i wood

lay down My arms and go home

and let them take thies big men

that is at home a makeing all the

money that the poor men aut

to have i here to day the yankes

had posession of james

Iland i dont no how true it

is So i must bring My

interresting letter to a

close by saying youre loving

wife tell Death rite soon

for that is all the satisfaction i

see is to get a letter from you

Mrs. Malinda Canon  J M Canon

 

 

 

Georgia, Gordon County

August the 10th, 1863

 

My dear husband,

It is through the kind mercy of God that I am spared to translate you a few broken remarks in order that you may know that we are all in tolerable good health at this time, and I thank God for his blessing and truly hope those few lines may reach your affectionate hand in due time and find you in a reasonable portion of good health.  I receive[d] your kind letter yesterday, which came by the hand of Andrew Phillips[1] which I was glad to hear from you and to hear that you was still on the land among the living, but was sorry to hear that you could not have your health.  But I trust and pray that you may have your health hereafter.  If you could only get a furlough to come home so that I could wait on you while you are sick, it would be a great satisfaction to me.  If I only could have that pleasure, it would be joy to me and pleasure to you.  Milton, I want to see you the [worst] I ever did in my life and see you at home to get a good drink of water.  Milton, I am sorry to relate to you the death of Dison Powell.[2] He died along the first of July.  He left a wife and ten children[3], and the children is all sick nearly, so no more about that.  Milton, when I get to studying about you and to thinking about what sort of a times you see, it almost breaks my heart, but I pray for God to hear my prayers that you may live to return to your home and fireside again.  I hope the time is growing short when we will have the pleasure of seeing each other again on this earth and enjoy ourselves together as we once have in time past and gone.  But if we never meet in this troublesome world, I pray to God that we may meet in heaven where parting is never known and troubles and sorrows will have an end.  Milton, I will say to you that everything that is for market sells at a high price.[4] I got me 2 bunches of thread the other day and had to pay thirty-one dollars for them, and you may know by that that everything is high.  Milton, Dave P.  Hings has got so that he won’t let letters that the postage ain’t paid on be fetched on his horse.  I will try to pay for mine and get them as you send ‘em, and you keep your money, if you have got any, to buy anything you need.  Milton, if I was all the soldiers in the Southern Confederacy states, I would lay down my arms and go home and let them take these big men that is at home a-making all the money that the poor men ought to have.  I hear today that the Yankees had possession of  James Island.[5]  I don’t know how true it is.  So I must bring my interesting letter to a close by saying your loving wife ‘til death.  Write soon, for that is all the satisfaction I see is to get a letter from you.

Mrs. Malinda Cannon [to] J. M. Cannon

 

 


 

[1] Possibly, the reference is to Andrew Phillips who served as a private with John Milton Cannon in the 8th Battalion Georgia Infantry.  In the 1870 Georgia Census, Gordon County, Calhoun P. O., Roll M593_153, Page 201, Image 25, Andrew Phillips was listed as a 33-year-old farmer.

 

[2] James Dison/Dyson Powell was born in 1824 in South Carolina.  He married Elvira Susan Butler in approximately 1847.  The couple reared their family of ten children and farmed in Gordon County, Georgia, where Milton and Malinda lived until Milton joined the Confederate Army.   Dison/Dyson died on July 1, 1863. His oldest child Mary J. Powell, born in 1848 in Georgia, is thought to have died not long after her father.

[3] Elvira Susan Butler, the wife of James Dison/Dyson Powell, was born on January 1, 1830, to Hosea Butler and his wife Mary Pauline “Polly” Cleland Butler.  She married James Dison/Dyson Powell in 1847.  She and Dison/Dyson had ten children before his death in 1863.  After his death and the death of her oldest child, Susan moved her remaining children first to Indiana and then to Montgomery Connty, Kansas.  She died in Coffeyville, Kansas, on June 17, 1904.

 

[4] With most of their resources supporting the Civil War, food supplies in Georgia became scarce.  In addition, commodity prices rose as the gold value of Confederate currency and bonds declined.  For just one example, the price of flour rose to $40 dollars a barrel before the end of 1862 to $125 a barrel by 1865.

 

[5] James Island was near Secessionville, South Carolina.  James Milton Cannon would have been particularly interested in James Island since Company B, 8th Battalion Georgia Infantry, bivouacked there from December 1862 through April 1863.

 

 

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