In camps near Sparta Geo
Mch 5th 1865"
It is Sunday night and although my opportunity
of writing you is anything but favorable, I cannot feel
satisfied without writing you a few lines. We have been
in camps about an hour and a half and I have had my
dinner or supper, as you may feel disposed to call it and
have taken a good wash and will now say a few words
to my beloved wife. We left [Midway] yesterday about
11 [o’Clock], passing through Milledgeville and crossing the
Oconee River and camped ten miles this side of the
river last night. Today we travelled about sixteen
passing through Sparta, which [is] quite a respectable
town, considering there is no railroad to connect
it with the outer world. The roads are in awful con-
dition and we can’t make over fifteen miles per day.
There is about four hundred wagons along and although
we are all [harnessed] and ready to move by seven o’clock,
it is nearly nine o’[llock] before we all get [fairly] started.
The four days we were camped at Midway, it rained
almost incessantly and our camps were ankle deep
in mud and water. It was enough to make to man "
hang himself and if it was not for the pleasant [recollections]
of those sweet loving faces at home, I don’t know
what the consequence may have been for I was disgusted
with myself and Everything about me. I am now
sixty miles from Augusta and if nothing prevent [the
train] will get there about Thursday Evening. I understand
that we are to [continue] our March until we get with
the army, which is somewhere in the neighborhood of
Charlotte N.C. – I don’t know the Exact distance
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