In camp near Fayetteville, Geo.
July 24th 1864
We left our camps near Atlanta on the 21st and camped
that night near Jonesboro on the Macon RR some twenty miles
below Atlanta – I selected a beautiful camping ground and had
just finished “setting my house in order” when orders came to [move]
to Fayetteville, still farther South. We are now encamped about
two miles and a half below Fayetteville and about thirty miles from
Atlanta. All of the wagons, except Ordnance, Medical and Commissary "
wagons, are in the neighborhood – We are sent here for two reasons;
one to keep out of the way of the army and the other to lessen the
[work] for the R.R. by foraging for ourselves – We are away
from all direct communication with the outer world,
the Macon RR is eight miles on one side and the West [Point]
road about the same distance on the other – It is rather a
poor country, but I think we can obtain plenty of corn here
as long as we remain, for I presume as soon as Hood gets
a decisive fight out of the Yankees we shall be again on the
move. I have a very pleasant camping place near White Water
Creek, a clear and placid stream, in which I have a refreshing
bath every morning – Since we have been down here I have
also had a bountiful supply of Irish potatoes, onions and Collards
and yesterday had a chicken and scrabbled eggs for dinner –
There has been considerable fighting at the front during
the past few days and it is reported with great success on
our side, but as I have only heard flying reports from the
front I cannot write much in regard to the result, as I expect
you will hear the news by telegraph before I do – I was over
at the Battery the day before leaving Atlanta and saw Mr Doyle
Mr [Hustace] and Mr Wm Reynolds – They were all well, although
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