Jun. 8, 1862. W. R. Rich to J. M. Cannon

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   Camp Smith Neare

        Savannah Ga.     June the 8 1862

Deare uncle I Seet my self this

Morning to drop yew a few lines

to let yew now that i am wuell and all

of the boyes are wuell at this

time I hope these few lines may

come saft to hand and find

yew all well and dwoing well I

havent any any thing of interestring

to wright at present only wue

hav got four dayes rashions cook

and hav had them for the

last week wue are redy to March

any time but i dont think that

wue will have to leav heare soon

unless wue did hav guns Some

think hat wue will get to go

to atlanter but i dont think

ther is any such god luck as that

Some sayes that wue will hav

to go to Ritchmond for they


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say at there is nine thousand

troops ordered from Savannah there

was three or four thousand left heare

yesterday and day before uncle john

it is pirty hard times heare but

i am a frad at there is worce a com

ing wue hav plent to what i heare

of some ahaving wue hav flour

Meal and bacon wue dont draw

any beef now and i am glad of that

wue draw rice molasses sugar cofey

wue dont draw much cofey now

wue can get any thing heare

at wue want if wue hav got

money plenty wue hav to giv

ten cents for a colard as beag as

my fist 10 cts for three cowcumber

and 20 cts for one qart of irsh potato

i dont now what beans sells

at and a chicken as beag as a

paturredg is worth 50 cts but

the boyes is smart anough for them


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the people a bout heare sayes at

they wish at this battallion

was every one dead becaus they say

at they will steal ever thing at

they can get thir hand on they

dont dwo nothing but right

if they was to take every thing

at they hav got uncle john i

would give every thing if i could

get to bee there but i expect

at it will bee a grate while be

fore i dwo get to see yew all

i hope at it wont bee long

i was sorrow to heare at the

wheat was ruin sow but it

cant bee hop i hoped at

the corn will bee good but

if it rains there as much as

it doyes here i dont now

how people can get to work any

ther is rocenyears heare but

there ant nothing but guadens


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patches heare uncle john i am

just a bout as wuell satesfied as

i expected to be for i node i wuodent

like it before i come heare but i

mout as well like it for i cant

help my self i say all that

can stay at home had beter dwoit

i hant got my bounty yet nor

i dont now when i will So

must come to a close shortly

yew must rite as Soon

as yew get this for it is

all the Satesfaction at i can

see is to get a letter So Nomore

at Present only i remain

   yours untell Death

      W  R  Rich

To Mr J M Cannon

To Mr J M Cannon




Camp Smith near Savannah, Georgia            June the 8th, 1862

Dear uncle,

I seat myself this morning to drop you a few lines to let you know that I am well, and all of the boys are well at this time.  I hope these few lines may come safe to hand and find you all well and doing well.  I havenít anything of interest to write at present, only we have got four daysí rations cooked and had them for the last week.  We are ready to march anytime, but I donít think that we will have to leave here soon unless we did have guns.[1]  Some think that we will get to go to Atlanta, but I donít think there is any such good luck as that.  Some says that we will have to go to Richmond, for they say that there is nine thousand left here yesterday and day before.  Uncle John, it is pretty hard times here, but I am afraid that there is worse a-coming.  We have plenty [compared] to what I hear of some a-having.  We have flour, meal, and bacon.  We donít draw any beef now, and I am glad of that.  We draw rice, molasses, sugar, coffee.  We donít draw much coffee now.  We can get anything here that we want if we have got money plenty.  We have to give ten cents for a collard as big as my fist, 10 cts. for three cucumbers, and 20 cts. for one quart of Irish potatoes.  I donít know what beans sells at, and a chicken as big as a partridge is worth 50 cts.  But the boys is smart enough for them.  The people about here says that they wish that this battalion was every one dead because they say that they will steal everything that they can get their hand on.  They donít do nothing but right if they was to take everything that they have got.  Uncle John, I would give everything if I could get to be there, but I expect that it will be a great while before I do get to see you all.  I hope that it wonít be long.  I was sorry to hear that the wheat was ruined so, but it canít be helped.  I hoped that the corn will be good, but if it rains there as much as it does here, I donít know how people can get to work any.  There is roasting ears here, but there ainít nothing but garden patches here.  Uncle John, I am just about as well satisfied as I expected to be, for I knowed I wouldnít like it before I come here, but I might as well like it, for I canít help myself.  I say all that can stay at home had better do it.  I havenít got my bounty yet, nor I donít know when I will.  So [I] must come to a close shortly.  You must write as soon as you get this, for it is all the satisfaction that I can see is to get a letter.  So no more at present, only I remain yours until death. 

W. R. Rich

to Mr. J. M. Cannon



[1] Joe Brown, the Governor of Georgia, believed that state-issued guns should be used to defend only Georgia rather than all Confederate states; thus, Brown ordered that no company could take its guns out of Georgia.  From Warren Wilkinson and Steven E. Woodworth, A Scythe of Fire:  A Civil War Story of the Eighth Georgia Infantry Regiment (New York:  William Morrow, 2002.



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