From the Archives: Civil War Letter
Tuesday morning Sept 6th / 64
We are still occupying the same place that we did on yesterday. Last night was a very disagreeable one to sleep out without any tent. It rained very hard indeed. Our cook camp being close by I was fortunate enough to get under a tent and kept tolerable dry. We have a great many sick and broke down men. Some of them are very sick; there is a good many cases of measles yet if the most of them dont die there need be no danger of any ones being afraid of getting wet. I have seen them broke out thick and lying down in the rain; The boys have just caught a squirrel. They are now making their plans how to cook it; it is very amusing to hear them; it is more so to see them catch one. Everything seems to be quiet at the front this morning; we can hear no shooting at all. I am inclined to think that the yanks are after making a flank movement.
We have just returned from an inspection of arms and a small bit of a drill to wear off the big soreness that is on us; we have no letters from home yet. I saw Toombs this morning and talked to him about getting a man in my place for a few days. He said that Smith would not suffer it to be done. I wrote you on yesterday to direct your letters to Griffin but it will be best for you to put on them the army of Tennessee like this A. T. H. Griffin Ga A = 1st Regt = 1st brigade .. G. M. Army of Tenn Care of Capt B. Maguire as we have an army post office that follows us but it is a one horse concern. I should like to know how you are getting on for a wagoner; who is the driver I want you to have all the cane seed saved; have them well dried as you would wheat, and put up in boxes. I will have them ground and feed to my stock; I want them all saved. You can have plank enough sawed to do for the boxes. There is plenty of room in the gin house and cotton room. You should take particular care of my oats you have threshed out and keep the rats out; what have you done about the cane slop? A half barrel of Whiskey will pay Peyton wages; it is low at 60 dollars per gall 40 gall will bring $ 2400 were I at home I would have 8 barrels made 4 of which would be mine to sell if I had to give half for making which is too much the 4 barrels will bring $ 9600 at that price but it will sell for more money you can easily do that or make that much and then make lots of syrup to keep to feed on and sell the bacon; I would send some more peas and get more cards before peas are gathered; how is my crop generally; what I say about the cane is true if it be any account Toombs told me he had 100 acres that he valued at one hundred thousand dollars; that was all destroyed by the cavalry; I have written this in great haste as it looks like rain every moment; Worthen is here and will carry this to Washington I am in good health and in a good country now to forage in if I had some money; we are all in the same fix all out we loan and borrow until that has played out; we won’t steal yet awhile; although a great many do it; How is Harper getting on with the detail; if he should succeed in getting it send it by Peyton; the mail is too slow; be sure to send something to eat; we are close to Griffin; Harper can come up to see us if he will there is no danger here; Tell him to come up I want to kiss him I will pay his expenses; Tell all howdy; Tell all of them Warren is well and is washing to day.
Good bye A. T. Holliday