Camp near Atlanta, Ga. May 30th 1864.
My own sweet wife,
No letters from home as yet, but I cannot refrain
from again writing you a few lines this evening. I have been busy
most of the day moving our quarters. We are still camped about
five miles from Atlanta but our camp was crowded and so near
the road that I concluded to move our tent to a more [retired]
and shaded spot. I am now encamped in a grove of small oaks
and pines and feel repaid for the trouble of moving. I have
just return from bathing and feel considerably refreshed."
There has been no decisive battle as yet, but more or less
fighting almost every day. In an engagement on the 20th the
Battery suffered severely; they lost seventeen men killed and
wounded – Mr Doyle was slightly wounded in the arm and
Ben Hill was also slightly wounded. I have not been able to
see any of them, for it is impossible for me to leave for any length
of time. Mr McSwine went to the front to day and I shall probably
learn particulars from him before I send away this letter.
Evening May 31st 1864 – This is the first opportunity I have
had since yesterday [morning] of continuing my letter. Mr McSwine
has returned from the Battery and Mr Doyle and Mr Hill are on duty;
there wounds were very slight. The position of affairs about the same,
the Yankees have made frequent attacks on our lines at night but have
been invariably repulsed with heavy loss. When the great fight will
come of I dont know and I scarcely think Genl Johnson knows himself.
The army has every confidence in their commanding General and
believe that he will lead them to victory when the right time arrives
I have just received your letter of the 22nd and you cannot
imagine how thankful and yet how indignant I feel. I cannot
think what could have possessed the little black imp to give
Charley laudanum. I feel so outraged that if I had been at
home I should have almost killed the trifling negro and
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