Jul. 27, 1862. J. W. Cannon to J. M. Cannon and E. M. Cannon

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Camp Beaulieu July 27 1862

Georgia Chatham Co Savanh

Dear brother and sister i this

evning throu the cind merses

of god take the present

oppertunity of riting you

afew lines to let you know

that i am well at this time

and i truly hope that those

few lines may come safe to

hand and find and family

well and doing well i have

nothing of intrust to rite to

you at this time only that

i wold like to see you all but

i cant have the plesure of

it rite know nor i dount

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know when i will have the

plesure but if we never

have the plesure of meting

nomore on this earth i hope

that we will try to live so

that we will mete in

heaven wher parting will

be known no more milton

I have rote one leter to you

be fore this and i never got

no ancer frome it i thout

that i wold rite to you agin

and see whether you wold rite

to me or not and if you wont

rite me i will quit riting

to you i want you to rite to

me as soon as you get this leter

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and tell me all the newse

that you have and then i can

rite more to you the next time

i rite Well J. M. I will tell

you how i like a camp life

i like it very well so fare

it is ahard life to live

but aman can doo very well

i want to see my litle family

and the rest of the gorden

folks i wold be satesfide and

i am very well satesfide hear

thar is won plase hear

in one mile of us that

we call mugumre that is

as pretty or plase as i ever

saw in my life so i will

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say nothing more about that

well J. M. I want you

to come down hear and see

us and the cuntry i want

you to rite to me as soon

as you get this leter with

out fail So i must come

to a close so nothing more

at present only i remain

yore brother untell death

J. W. Cannon

To J. M. Cannon

Melindia Cannon

and familey

 

 

July the 27th, 1862

Camp Beaulieu,

Chatham County,

Savannah, Georgia

Dear brother and sister,

I this evening through the kind mercies of God take the present opportunity of writing you a few lines to let you know that I am well at this time, and I truly hope that those few lines may come safe to hand and find [you] and family well and doing well. I have nothing of interest to write to you at this time, only that I would like to see you all, but I can’t have the pleasure of it right now, nor I don’t know when I will have the pleasure. But if we never have the pleasure of meeting no more on this earth, I hope that we will meet in Heaven where parting will be known no more. Milton, I have wrote one letter to you before this, and I never got no answer from it. I thought that I would write to you again and see whether you would write to me or not. And if you won’t write me I will quit writing to you. I want you to write to me as soon as you get this letter and tell me all the news that you have, and then I can write more to you the next time I write. Well, J. M., I will tell you how I like a camp life. I like it very well so far. It is a hard life to live, but a man can do very well. I want to see my little family[1] and the rest of the Gordon [County] folks. I would be satisfied, and I am very satisfied here. There is one place here in one mile of us that we call Montgomery[2] that is as pretty a place as I ever saw in my life. So I will say nothing more about that. Well, J. M., I want you to come down here and see us and the country. I want you to write me as soon as you get this letter without fail. So I must come to a close. So nothing more at present, only I remain your brother until death.

J. W. Cannon

to J. M. Cannon, Melinda Cannon, and family

 

[1] James Wiley Cannon married Mrs. Elizabeth Anderson Woodward in approximately 1856. By the time this letter was written in 1862, the couple had a son James B. W. Cannon , who was born in 1857.

[2] Possibly, Wiley is referring to the present-day “Montgomery Crossroad” area of Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. fqrasmussen@chathamcounty.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

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