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1864 July 26: “Most every one is anxious to finish the campaign here at Atlanta”

July 26, 2014

The following letter by Homer Levings, also with Company A of the 12th Wisconsin Infantry, was written on the third and fourth pages of the stationery that Edwin Levings used to write his letter of July 26.  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.

Near Atlanta Ga. Tuesday, July 26th, 1864.

Dear Father and Mother,

                                            It is with pleasure that I now seat myself behind the breast works to answer your letters.  I have not wrote [sic] much lately and you may think that I am regardless of your feelings, but my time now is not my own, for we are busy all the time night and day.  [paragraph break added]

We have fortified our position so that we feel pretty safe.  Most every one is anxious to finish the campaign here at Atlanta.  Our cavalry have cut the rail road running to Macon.  The rebels’ loss on the 22nd is reported to be 13000 and ours at 2500.  They made five distinct charges on the 16th Wis., and the left of our regt.  It was done with whiskey.  Our train wounded men, in our company are doing pretty well.  Robbert [sic] Triggs is the only man that has died from the effects of his wounds.  There has been only one amputation made in the company.  James Holman is the looser [sic] of his left arm.¹  Mr Robberts [sic]² has not been heard from yet, I think he must have been taken prisoner.  The team that he was with was taken, the teamster run and left the team and got inside the lines.  [paragraph break added]

You speak of moving to Hudson.  I think you will do better to stay where you are and give up painting.  I think if you can get that land of Pratt, that you had better get it, that is if you can get it reasonable, for you can raise all you want to eat and that is enough, if a man can get a good living he is doing well.  [paragraph break added]

You can not expect letters from us verry [sic] often now, for it is only once in a while that we can get a sheet of paper.  But it [is] getting to be supper time and I must stop.  So good by,

Homer.

1.  See footnote number 1 in Edwin Levings’ July 24, 1864, letter for a list of the killed and wounded from Company A on July 21, 1864.
2.  Samuel C. Roberts, from New Richmond, was taken prisoner at Atlanta on July 16.

Homer Levings letter of July 26, 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

Homer Levings letter of July 26, 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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