May 1, 1864. J.M. Cannon to Malinda Cannon

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                                    May the1th 1864

Camp near Dolton

Dear wife hit is through the besing

of heven that I am permited to

Rit you a few more lines to

Let you no how I am I am

tolerble well my helth is beter

than hit has been in along

time and i hop when those few

lines Comes to hand they may

find you all ingoien the same

Like blesing I dont no hardley

what to rit I wold lov to rit

somthing that wold giv you

som plesure and Comfret if I

Cold we hav had a big meeting

a goien on hear a week and ther is

lotes joineng the church twenty

joines som nites hit lookes

Like the Lord is with us hear and

I hop hee is with you all at

home I want you to pray for

 

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Mee hat I may out liv this

wor and git home a gain and liv as

we wonce lived I think we Cold

injoy our selves beter than we ever

did you must pray for the children

and try to git them to liv rit

and to do rit when I git to studen

About you and the children i hav

to Cry a litle I dont think this

wor will last much longer i am

in beter hart than I hav bin in a

Long time I dont think the yankes

Can ever whip us I think this sum

mer will Close this wor I hav got

to believ that the Lord is with us

a gain we air under marching orders

now I dont no when we will

leav this place mother you dont no

how bad I want to see you all so fairwell

for this time

                     J. M. Cannon to

            Malinda Cannon and children

 

 

 

May the 1st, 1864

Camp Dear Dalton [Georgia]

Dear wife,

It is through the blessing of heaven that I am permitted to write you a few more lines to let you know how I am.  I am tolerable well.  My health is better than it has been in a long time, and I hope when those few lines comes to hand they may find you all enjoying the same like blessing.  I don’t know hardly what to write.  I would love to write something that would give you some pleasure and comfort if I could.  We have a big meeting a-going on here a week, and there is lots joining the church.[1]Twenty joins some nights.  It looks like the Lord is with us here, and I hope He is with you all at home.  I want you to pray for me that I may outlive this war and get home again and live as we once lived.  I think we could enjoy ourselves better than we ever did.  You must pray for the children and try to get them to live right and to do right.  When I get to studying about you and the children, I have to cry a little.  I don’t think this war will last much longer.  I am in better heart than I have been in a long time.  I don’t think the Yankees can ever whip us.  I think this summer will close this war.  I have got to believe that the Lord is with us again.  We are under marching orders now.  I don’t know when we will leave this place.  Mother, you don’t know how bad I want to see you all.  So farewell for this time.

J. M. Cannon to

Malinda Cannon and children

 

 

[1] Revival meetings were held during extended camps in both the Union and Confederate armies.  A “great revival” took place in the Army of Northern Virginia in the winter of 1862 and spring of 1863 and spread to the armies of the West.  “Great revivals” occurred among the Southern troops encamped along the Rapidan River in 1863-1864.  A smaller revival took place in the Army of the Tennessee at Dalton, Georgia, among General Joseph Johnston’s troops.  The Reverend John W. Jones, whose “Christ in the Camp” is perhaps the best history of this great revival, estimated that 150,000 soldiers “got religion. 

 

 

 

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