23rd Georgia Infantry

George W Carter letters Co. A

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This a collection of letters, six in all, George wrote to several family members, and there is one from his wife to him, warning for this one though, it is written in the language of the day and some of the feelings expressed are pretty intense.

From wife to G W Carter
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Mr G W Carter Dear husband I this morning seat my self to drop you a few lines which leaves me and the children well + I truly hope thes few lines may come safe to you in dew time and find you injoying the same blessing of god; is nothing of much intrest to rite at this time only hard times everything is high Corn is from three to five dollars, per bushel Baken is seling from 50 ct to one dollar per lb Every body that has any thing to sel goes in for the highest prices that is going regardeless of humanity or concheons you may go to move to by any thing they will say I could spair A little after A while when I see how what crops comes in or whither I can git any Salt or not to salt any more meet like the damd villans thought wea could do with out tel the war ends, Gorge there is more stealing going on than ever you hird tel of in your life I wish you Could send me a repeeter + amanichun to kill tories + niggers with I think if they was kild this war would Stop gorge this is my wissest A prare that this awful war may stop and the lord may spare your life to come home one time mor and converse with you Gorge if it the lord will that we shal never meet no mor hir on with lestry to meat wher parting is non nomore let us put our trust in god and he will help us through our trubles and triels hir be live he is a Judge that will do right gorge think what a wicked world this is may god bless you I pray and spear your life thrugh this war i gorge I want you to send me your likeness if you can it wold be a grate satisfaction to me if cold see your likeness if cant see you gorge I cold tell mor in one hour then I cold rite all day afew lines to you Dear husban so ciorfule I send I hope to meet you hir on earth if god shold be our frend I will stop for this time by saying that I remane your afecnet wife untill deth
Mary A E Carter
To Mr Gorge W Carter
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York Town Va
22 Feb 1862
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To Mr C W Carter
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My Dear father I seat my Self to in form you that I just received aletter from James and William boath to day no vary good news from nary one of them James stated he was on the mend + that he was so far advanced that his leg was no pain to him + that he thought he would be able to go or walk out to camp Which he haddent don in 47 days past he rote to me to state to you that he was on the mend + he hoped + trusted to god that he be able to come home safe + sound + William stated that he was well but had the painful news of writing to me that Capt A Mosley was dead he stated to me that he was the best capt in the Southern Confederacy + I no as to the princeable of the man there was non hardly like him I was sory to here to of that Good Friends deth for the Mosley famley has bin most Affectionat friend to me + I love the famley William stated that they was on the look out for afight for the yankees was reather aclosing up on them + I also receive aletter from H. S. Fuller he was well no news of interest only the death of Capt Mosley + the lookout for fighting + I receive aletter from home on yesterday all was well + drawing provision from the country again
. D Berry sent me word that he was agoing to save me abig mess of Eggs till I come home + for me to tell his Unkle Gim to come to see him for he did want to hug his neck + Mary An Rote that Buchanan Was the pretiest boy in Cass co Mary An rote to me that neighbors was very kind to hir all to old Gim Carter + he was doing all he could against hir I hope + trust in God I may get back home Stout + harty if it is the will of God that I should I will make some of them tow the mark we are a fairing tolarble well now we are in Clost winter quarters our company has improved york town Smartly we have put up 15 houses since we come here our company baires the prais where ever we go of devilment + work the devil is but a fool to them
General McGruder Said he did not want any thing to doo with us he said any body that would come right through the yankees without any thing to fight with he didn’t want Any Thing to doo with them for if they didn’t cear any more for the yankees than that they didn’t cear any thing fot their lives att all We dont fear little matters this leaves me well + harty my weight is 166 lbs + as stout as common men of that weight so I must close by sining my self George W Carter I have composed a song + will send it to you in next letter I would send it now if I had it printed
. I saw Dr Lewis yesterday + he told me of a circumstance happened up in Tennessee 5 Negroes kild A famley of white folks + they burned 4 of them + cut the other one up in to mins meat alive or commence on him alive + that is not all, There was 2 negroes the other day fell out with there Master old so psalmey loving good + said to him that they would be able to waid thrugh whight mens blood to there knees for there freedom + they have runaway + they havent caut them yet but if they doo they will stretch them
I want to right you the trooth my mind is so frustrated that I cant right satisfactory
I want you to rite to me as soon as you can to let me know how your mind is about the wor I want you to rite to me how E.O Finch + famley is getting along + Thomas Finch + famley + Isaac N Brock tell them all to rite to me it may be that I will not rite you any more Father I want you to see to my wife + 2 little babas it is a harte rendren thin to think about to leave a mans famley + go off with no hope of ever coming back again if it was to happen so so I never come back I would like for you to take my famley and rais my childrn lett Mary Anns mother read this letter I will state something to you about Wheat crops there is the best prospect of wheat here I ever saw in my life so I must close by sining our selves
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G W Carter To
C W Carter +
Friends + Relations one + all
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This 18 August ' 62
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Georgia Bartow County to Mr C W Carter + Elizabeth Carter, Mary Hepsy + Frank, my Dear Father + Mother Sisters + brother I one time more seat my self to drop you aline to let you no that Im well + famley also hoping when you Receive my lines they may find you well also as to news is non of interest to rite at presant only times are hard + worse a coming Im afraid I see no prospect of better for the futur But the prospect looks gloomy at presant for there has been no wheat raisd here this seasion hardly + corn crops are very sorry + no old corn nor wheat in the country hardly. corn is selling here at $1+50cts + wheat at $3+75cts + Bacon from 35 to 50 cts + factory yarns per bunch $2+50cts + shoes from $4 to $9 Waigs are good + money plenty but nothing to buy my dear father I want you to rite to me Wheather you have heard from James or William since the fight at Richmond or not be Shure to rite for Ive never heard from them since I left the army + I am almost crazy to here from them + rite where they are and give their captain name + also give the letter of there company + number of their Regt the reason I want you to do this I rote in cear of their old captain + companies + has not received any answer yet + I want to know where + how to rite to them
Father I want you to save me 3 gaim Chickens 2 Rusters + ahen if you have them, rite to me + if not, I want them of the fall stock of gaim I will have to go to the army again shortly + will be at your house before I go my aim is to be there the first of September with out hinderences beyond my expectation I want come out + settle up my debts + live like aman what time I live + if I die in this wor I want to die like aSoldier on the field
I received aletter the other day from your hand which had been mist + lay in office some time + then forwarded on to me which was red with plasure + grate satisfaction to here from you you stated something about hearing that the yankees had branded me on the face that is not so there is but a small brand on me maid by the yankees + that is on the left arm casd by the glance of a rifle ball just through the skin + you stated something about J. W. Dunn awanting G.S. Carter to send him the Record of the Dunn famley's + I red the letter to him + he examined the book which they were in + found all tour out but one + that is Elizabeth + she is 31 year old this date time she was born so he told me but tell him to make himself old enugh to stay out of the army if he dont want hard times + dissatisfaction becose that atends the army I am not in favor of this conscription bill all poor men has to go + rich + contemptuous speculators can hire substitutes + stay at home + impose on our famlies the very men that voated up this thing is the very men that aint agoing to fight + I can whip any man that ever god made that upposes me in what I say + I dair any man to chanils me so nothing more only I remain your son truly until death
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G W Carter
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May, the 18th 1863
Camp Near Fredericksburg, Va.
GW Carter
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Dear brother I embrace an opportunity to inform you that I am well at this time I am hoping those few lines may cum safe to you in due time and find you having the best of health Dear brother we have give the yankees a good whipping hear we was after them eight days and knights that we had no rest nor sleap day nor knight but we dont mind for we giv the yankees such a good whiping we got 9 wonded won kild in hour co they was sumthing over five hundred kild and wonded in hour brigade, i rote home to no whare you was and they hant heard from you sins the 9 of march I want to hear from you the worst sort but had much rather see you than to hear from you I want to cum to your co if there is any chanse to get a trans fur I want you to rite an let me no if they be any chanse I would like to be in a cavarld Co I hav just received a letter from home and they was all well I hope this thang will soon stop so we aul can return back to that plase whar we aul love to bee so well so I must cum to a close I want you to rite to me so I remain yours as ever rite soon fail not
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W.J. Carter
Mr. G.W. Carter
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April 1 / 63
Camp near Pelasca Tenn
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To Mrs. Mary A E Carter
I seat my self to drop you line to let you no that I am well at this time hoping this may come safe to you + find you well + Children also at as to news non of interest only we, our Regt, are agoing to Macmin Ville Tenn under Gen Forest we have had afew cold days over hear snow on the last though this ___ is it
I received your letter on the 27 feb last night and was glad to hear from you + Children + James C + Martha, M Im in low spirit to day + no more to rite every thing is dull in Camp to day the boys all want to start there trip in Kantucky Kantucky is all the cry in this Company we have got atolerable fair Rigt Containing of 12 Companies aline to Susan Wood, I would like to hear from you I want you to rite wheather you are any better but since Martha came home or not I want you to rite to me and rite how you are gitting along in health + World
aline to Martha M, I want you to rite to me all about what I request you to rite + rite the truth and all about the circumstances _____ ______ afair
+ Mary I want you to rite about what I requested you to rite
I must close for the present
GW Carter ?
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Put to ______ to G W Carter
Fr McVill Tenn in care
of Capt Johnson company
C georgia cavalry
i seat my self
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