Sep. 3, 1863. J.M. Cannon to Malinda Cannon

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                                    Camp Near Tyners Station Tenn

My Dear Wife                  September The 3rd 1863

                        I embrace the Present opportunity of writing

to you with great Pleasure to let you know that my

health is improving Some.  Enough to Say that I am

well Except my feet and Ankles they are Swelled

considerable.  I hope this may come to hand in due time

and find you and family all in the best of health

I received your letter bearing date the 10th of August and

was glad to hear from you that you blessed with good

Health nothing affords me greater Pleasure than

to receive Such news from home I can Say to you

that I am better Satisfied at this time and Place

than I have been in Service I think my health

will improve as long as I can get good water like

this to drink and further we are getting better

rations than we have had for some time we get

flour meal Bacon Peas and Beef.  that is better than

the contract was in Mississippi the water is So

much better.  it was my intention to come to

Seen you the day we come through Calhoun but

the Train never Stoped at Calhoun and i was

afraid to jump off for fear I might hurt myself

but they was a great many that did jump off

and I am thinking they hurt them selves badly

they are beginning to come in every day more

or less and in a weak they will nearly all be in

and then my chances will be good for a furlow

provided the furlow system is not stoped altogether

in our Battallion

 

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I was truly Sorry to hear of the Death of Dyson Powell

but Death is a thing or in other words a debt we

owe and must pay it Sooner or later and i

would not add any thing of Interest by multiplying

words in regard Such an affair as this

 

Dear Wife you spoke of wanting to See me bad I

have no doubt of that but I can certify that you

dont want to See me any worse than I do you

I think of you and the family hourly through the

day I must close Shortly I want you to be

Sure and write soon as you get this letter.  I

want to hear from you oftener than I did in out

Trip I think our letters will be certain to come

to each other that Short distance I  will write

every opportunity and do better than I have this time

Give my love to all the Children tell them howdy for

me and Give my respects to all the connections

and finally receive the Love that is felt by a Husband

towards their Wife write Soon So nothing more

I am as ever your Husband till Death

 

                        Respectfully J. M. Cannon To

                                             Malinda Cannon

 

address                       J M Cannon

care of Capt Morgan          Tyners Station

8th Battn Geo Vols                         Tennesee  

Gists Brigade

              Walkers Divison

 

 

 

Camp near Tyners Station, Tennessee [1]

September the 3rd, 1863

My dear wife,

     I embrace the present opportunity of writing to you with great pleasure to let you know that my health is improving some.  Enough to say that I am well except my feet and ankles.  They are swelled considerable.  I hope this may come to hand in due time and find you and family all in the best of health.  I received your letter bearing date the 10th of August and was glad to hear from you that you [are] blessed with good health.  Nothing affords me greater pleasure than to receive such news from home.  I can say to you that I am better satisfied at this time and place than I have been in service.  I think my health will improve as long as I can get good water like this to drink, and further we are getting better rations than we have had for some time.  We get flour, meal, bacon, peas, and beef.  That is better than the contract was in Mississippi.  The water is so much better.  It is my intention to come to see you the day we come through Calhoun, but the train never stopped at Calhoun, and I was afraid to jump off for fear I might hurt myself.  But they was a great many that did jump off, and I am thinking they hurt themselves badly.  They are beginning to come in every day, more or less, and n a week, they will nearly all be in, and then my chances will be good for a furlough, provided the furlough system is not stopped altogether in our battalion.[2] I was truly sorry to hear of the death of Dyson Powell,[3] but death is a thing or, in other words, a debt we owe and must pay it soon or later, and I would not add anything of interest by multiplying words in regard such an affair as this.  Dear wife, you spoke of wanting to see me bad.  I have no doubt of that, but I can certify that you don’t want to see me any worse than I do you.  I think of you and the family hourly through the day.  I must close shortly.  I want you to be sure and hear from you often than I did in out-trip.[4] I think our letters will be certain to come to each other that short distance.  I will write every opportunity and do better than I have this time.  Give my love to all the children.  Tell them “Howdy!” and finally, receive the love that is felt by a husband towards their wife.  Write soon.  So nothing more.  I am as every your husband ‘til death.

                                                            Respectfully,       J. M. Cannon to

                                                                                        Malinda Cannon

 

address:  J. M. Cannon

  care of  Captain. Morgan[5]

               8th Battalion Georgia Volunteers

               Gist’s Brigade[6]

               Walker’s Division[7]

               Tyners Station

               Tennessee

 


 

[1] Tyners Station, Tennessee, is located ten miles northeast of Chattanooga.  Gist’s Brigade, serving then under General Braxton Bragg, with the Army of Tennessee, Hardee’s Corps, was maneuvering prior to engaging the Union Army in the Battle of Chattanooga, Tennessee, which lasted from November 23-25, 1863.

 

[2] By December 1863 the 8th Battalion, Georgia Infantry consisted of 232 men and 183 arms. 

[3] James Dyson Powell was born in approximately 1824 in South Carolina.   He married Elvira Susan Butler, b. January 1, 1830, South Carolina.  Dyson and Elvira settled in Gordon County, Georgia, and reared at least ten children there before his death in 1863.  It is believed that the Powell’s’ oldest child Mary J. Powell, b. 1848, died of the same illness as her father also in 1863.  Family legend has it that, not long after her husband’s death, the widowed Elvira Powell moved her remaining children first to Indiana and then to Kansas because of her fear that her 14-year-old son John Milton Powell would soon be conscripted into the Confederate Army.

 

[4] The 8th Battalion Georgia Infantry, now part of Gist’s Brigade, Army of the Tennessee,  left Secessionville, South Carolina in early-May 1863 for Mississippi

[5] During the Battle of Chattanooga, the captain of the  8th Battalion Georgia Infantry was Edward F. Morgan, Rank in Captain, Rank out Major, film #M226, Roll 43

 

[6] During the Battle of Chattanooga, Gist’s Brigade was commanded by Colonel Z. L. Walters, Lt. Colonel W. A. Daniel, Colonel James McCullough, and Colonel C. H. Stevens

 

[7] During the Battle of Chattanooga,  Walker’s Division was commanded by Brigadier General States Rights Gist

 

 

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