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In Their Own Words

May 28, 1864

Creative Spelling and Grammar in Civil War Letter

From near Petersburg, Va., Pvt. Edmond Hardy Jones of the 64th Georgia wrote his wife a letter with numerous spelling and grammatical errors:

” … Every thing has been quiet here for several days until this morning they commence cannonadeing round at a short distance. we are here at the same place we was when I writ to you last but I hav no idey how long we will remain here. we expect to be ordered to Lees army before a grate while. as they are sending a grate many troops up thare to reinforce Lee as I suppose he has lost a grate many men in his last battles above Richmon. Thare does not appear to be any more excitement here about the war than thare is at home. I recon Johnson has fought a big battle in the upper part of Georgia before this time from what I can gather from the Virginia papers. I hav jest received a letter from Carter writen April the 28th which stated that himself & Bud was both wel at that time and doing about as wel as could be expected. we fare about as wel here as we ever did anywhare since we left Camp Randolph. we have had no tents to sleep under since we left Savannah last winter to go back to Florida. we make us bush shelters to keep the hot sun off and when it rains we stretch blankets & oil clothes to brake it off: hour washing we do hour selves when we get it done attawl. I bought me $5.00 worth of soap the other day and got a piece about 3 inches long off of a bar jest a common bar at that. we hav no way of boiling hour clothes we jest take them to the creek and set on a log or sume other convenient place and wash them in cold water. I can wash better than you would suppose. my shirts is getting pritty much thred bare but we will draw sume in a few days as hour quarter master has them in hand for us and he will issue them out to us before a grate while: I begin to knead sume socks vary bad but I recon we will draw sume when we draw shirts and drawers and if we dount I see no chance to get any from home. Jest know too I will try to make sume shift if we dount draw. I hav plenty of other clothing at preasant so you kneed not be uneasy in refference to my clothing. I hav never received any pay yet and dount know when I wil but I hav got plenty of money yet to answer my purposes. One kneeds but little in this country as thare is scasly any thing here to sel and what little thare is, it is so high that a soldier cant by it if we get a glass of butter milk we pay $1.00 for it $2.00 for a mes of greens and every thing elce in proportion. I hope the hardest of the fighting will be over with here before long and whenever it does I think there will never be much more hard fighting during the war. I strong hope that this war will close between now and next spring as I think both partys will be exhausted fully by that time. when you write send me sume little brades of the childrens hair & you own allso. I do want to se you all so bad I dount know what to do. Keep the [?] a going to school if you se they learn any worth speaking of. I hope I will get to come home by Christmas and se you all wonce more. Tell Georgia & Minnie they must learn fast so they can write to Pa. tell them they must be good little girls at school. You must write to me as soon as you get this. I hav writ you about all I can think of at preasant. Give my love to all and acept a large portion yourself. I remain yours as ever until death.”

Source: Thomas R. Fasulo (ed.), Battle of Olustee Web Page