Apr. 27, 1864. J.M. Cannon to Malinda Cannon

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      Apriel the 27th 1864

  Camp near Dolton

Dear wife I seet My self

this eavning to rit you a

few lines to let you no how

i am i am tolerble well at

this time hoping those few

lines may Com safe to your

handes in due time and find

you all well I wold ov bin

mity proud if you had ov

let frank Com to see mee

you must send him naxt

time I sent my whit

Blanket home in wash

woodward box you Can go and

git hit hit will start

home in the morning

I don’t see eny chance

for mee to git to Com

home you must do the

best you Can and take

 

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good Cear of your self I

dont want you to work

eny atall the children Can

do all that is to do ithink

my children is too smart

to let ther mother do the

work I Can send my leters

to Mr barnwells if you want

them sent there you Can

rit whether you do or not

I do want to see you all

mity bad so nothing

more at this time onley

I remain your loving

husband tel deth

 

            J. M. Cannon

to Malinda Cannon

and afectionet children

 

            Rit soon

 

 

 

April the 27th, 1864

Camp near Dalton [Georgia]

Dear wife,

I seat myself this evening to write you a few lines to let you know how I am. I am tolerable well at this time, hoping those few lines may come safe to your hands in due time and find you all well. I would have been mighty proud if you had have let Frank[1] come to see me. You must send him next time.  I sent my white blanket home in wash woodward box. You can go and get it.  It will start home in the morning.  I don’t see any chance for me to get to come home. You must do the best you can and take good care of yourself.  I don’t want you to work any at all. The children can do all that is to do. I think my children is too smart to let their mother do the work. I can send my letters to Mr. Barnwell’s[2] if you want them sent there. You can write whether you do or not. I do want to see you all mighty bad. So nothing more at this time, only I remain your loving husband ‘til death.

 

J. M. Cannon to Malinda Cannon and affectionate children

 

            Write soon!

 


 

[1] James Franklin “Frank” Cannon was the fourth-born child of Malinda and John Milton Cannon.  Frank was born October 8, 1854, in Gordon County, Georgia; so he would have been nine years old when his father wrote this letter.  In the late 1860’s, Frank moved from Georgia to Texas with this mother and siblings.  He married Etta Frances Hunt in 1881 in Kaufman County, Texas, and reared eleven children.   He named his first son John Milton Cannon II after his beloved father.  Frank died in 1948 at the age of 94 in Hall County, Texas.

 

[2] 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.

 

 

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