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1864 June 6: “We have marched 300 miles since we left Clifton”

June 6, 2014

The original letter is in the Edwin D. Levings Papers (River Falls Mss BO), in the University Archives and Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Rome Ga. Monday morning
June 6th 1864

Dear Brother Homer,

                                       Yours of May 23rd came to hand last night as I was getting supper.  I was truly glad to hear from you once more, and I hurriedly write a short answer to let you know how I am &c.  At last we have reached Rome, but we can not see the Pope ; — we have to march to Kingston, 20 miles east ; then we are to guard a supply train through to Sherman [William T. Sherman] variously estimated to number 15 to 1800 wagons.  I stood the march over the mountains much better than I expected, far better than I did that from Clifton to Huntsville.  We have marched 300 miles since we left Clifton.  I have not time to write any account of our march whatever, but I will give you a full story about it as soon as I have a chance.  [paragraph break added]

Both Divisions perfectly hate old Blair [Francis P. Blair].  He marched us too far in a day, shoved us right through without letting us have hardly any rest at all.  I suppose it is necessary for us to go to Sherman with supplies and I would rather do it now than have him fail.

Leonard Stiles¹ is here.  He looks better than any man in the Company.  There was but little forage in among the mountains.  We shall have a plenty to eat in the foraging line now.  The country is full of fruit and vegetables.  Black berries will be ripe in 2 or 3 weeks.  It had rained hard the last 3 days.  You don’t say how you are, but I suppose you are improving.  Don’t come down here till we get down near Atlanta, or till we get settled somewhere in camp.

We march at 7 o’ck. this morning.  Write soon & direct via Chattanooga.  My love and best wishes to you all.

From your brother Edwin.

Address Co A. 12th W. Vols.
1st Brig. 4th Div.
17th Corps

1.  Leonard C. Styles in the Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers. He was from River Falls.

Edwin Levings letter of June 6, 1864, from the Edwin D. Levings Papers (River Falls Mss BO) in the University Archives & Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Edwin Levings letter of June 6, 1864, from the Edwin D. Levings Papers (River Falls Mss BO) in the University Archives & Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls

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