Aug. 17, 1863. J.M. Cannon to Malinda Cannon

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     Camp Near Morton Miss August 17th 1863

Dear wife & effectionate children I thank

my god that I am permited once more

to seat myself in order to rite you

a few lines to let you know that I am

up & a bout but not very well but

I truly hope that these few lines may come

safe to your kind hand in due time & find

you & the children enjoying the Best of

health I have nuthing new to rite to

you this evning I just thought as Mr

Barnwell was a going to start home in

morning that I wood rite a few lines & send

them By him to let you know how I was

a geting a long Malinda you dont know how

Bad I want to see you & the children & I do

hope that it will not bee very long before

I will get to see you all if we all shold

bee permited to live & the lord is willing

 

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Malinda I wood bee glad to here

from you but I wood bee much glader

to see you I want you to rite evry chance

you have as it is a grate pleasure to me to

here from you & when you rite direct your

letters to Morton Miss so I must close for this

time so Nomore only I remain your loving husband

tel Death   J M Cannon to Malinda Cannon

A Few words to Mrs Dickert  Dear wife

these few lines leaves me well this Evning

truly hoping that they will find you & the

children enjoying the same like blessing

I have nuthing new to rite this Evning

only to let you know that I am well &

wants to see you & the children the

worst I ever did in my life & I hope that

the times is not far distant when we will see

each other a gain if we all shold live Alpha

I sent thirty Dollars By Mr Blaylock to you

in a letter which I hope you will get & I will

send you more as sone as I can that is if I cant

get to come home Alpha I want you to rite as

often as you can; so Nomore only I remain your

loving Husband tel Death   W.H. Dickert to Alpha Dickert

 

 

 

Camp near Morton, Mississippi            August 17th, 1863

Dear wife & affectionate children, I thank my God that I am permitted once more to seat myself in order to write you a few lines to let you know that I am up & about but not very well, but I truly hope that these few lines may come safe to your kind hand in due time & find you & the children enjoying the best of health.  I have nothing new to write to you this evening.  I just thought as Mr. Barnwell[1] was a-going to start home in [the] morning that I would write a few lines & send them by him to let you know how I was a-getting along.  Malinda, you don’t know how bad I want to see you & the children, & I do hope that it will not be very long before I will get to see you all if we all should be permitted to live & the lord is willing.  Malinda, I would be glad to hear from you, but I would be much gladder to see you.  I want you to write every chance you have as it is a great pleasure to me to hear from you, & when you write direct your letters to Morton, Mississippi.  So I must close for this time.  So no more, only I remain your loving husband ‘til death.

J.M. Cannon to Malinda Cannon

 

A few words to Mrs. Dickert:

Dear wife,

These few lines leaves me well this evening, truly hoping that they will find you & the children enjoying the same like blessing.  I have nothing new to write this evening, only to let you know that I am well & wants to see you & the children the worst I ever did in my life.  And I hope that the time is not far distant when we will see each other again if we all should live.  Alpha, I sent thirty dollars by Mr. Blaylock to you in a letter which I hope you will get, & I will send you more as soon as I can.  That is, if I can’t get to come home.  Alpha, I want you to write as often as you can.  So no more, only I remain your loving husband ‘til death.

W.H. Dickert to Alpha Dickert[2]

 


 

[1] According to the 1860 Georgia Census, four men with the last name of Barnwell lived in Gordon County and were of an age to fit the description of “Mr. Barnwell.”  In 1863 Thomas B. Barnwell, who lived in Silaquoy in 1860, would have been 43.  A “T. B. Barnwell” served in Company F, 8th Battalion Georgia Infantry.  Also, in 1863 Robert Barnwell, who lived in Sonora in 1860, would have been 47.  Robert Barnwell had two sons who would have been old enough to be enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1863.  His son Thomas D. Barnwell would have been 21 in 1863, and another son David M. Barnwell would have been 18.  A Thomas E. Barnwell and a David M. Barnwell served in Company E, 8th Battalion Georgia Infantry.

 

[2] William Henry Dickert, b. 1826, and his wife Alpha Powell Dickert, b. 1824, lived in Silaquoy, Gordon County, Georgia, not far from the home of John Milton Cannon and his wife Ellender Malinda Rich Cannon before the war.  William and Milton both enlisted in Company B, 8th Battalion Georgia Infantry in late-1862 and served together throughout the Civil War.  When this letter was written in 1863, the Dickerts had seven children—all under the age of ten--and the Cannons had eight children—all under the age of fourteen.

 

 

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