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Anderson, J. Patton to Etta A. Anderson – Dec. 18, 1863 – Dalton, GA

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Anderson, J. Patton to Etta A. Anderson – Dec. 18, 1863 – Dalton, GA
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Anderson, J. Patton
Baker, Christopher A. ( Transcriber )
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Civil War
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North America -- Georgia -- Dalton
North America -- United States of America -- Florida
North America -- United States of America -- Tennessee
North America -- United States of America

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University of Florida
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Dalton, Geo. Deer 18th 1863


Dear Et,
Yesterday I received yours of the 10th and today I have just read another of the
14th! That is doing pretty well, is it not? For Confederate Mails? I feel like I was so near
you that I believe it makes me more impatient to see you than when I was farther off. In
your letter of the 10th you say you had only rec'd one letter from me (of the 2ns) since our
defeat. I can't account for this, for I have written five and hope you have received them
before this reaches you.
I am not quite so despondent and gloomy as you suppose. True, I am mortified at
the conduct of some of our troops, but have not lost confidence in their courage &
patriotism. We have just heard today, certainly, that Genl. Johnston is ordered here to
take command of the army. This will inspire the troops with new confidence and if the
people at home, men, women, children, and servants will only set their faces against
deserters, absentees, skulkers, etc. not permitting them to eat, sleep or speak with them,
our army may be made strong enough to cope with that of the enemy. I can tell the
people at home, that they had better not require too much of the few who are in the army
& who have up to this time borne the brunt of the war!
I am quite well, growing a little older, that's all!! Hope you are as young as ever!
Genl. Hardee is to be married soon to Miss Lewis of Demopolis Ala. very rich. I hope
mother is well again. I will write to her in a day or two. My love to her always also to
Aunt & Mollie. Kiss the dear boys for me. I am proud to hear of their progress with their
books. Willie's such a man that he will have to be your overseer when you get to
keeping house again. The & Pat will be his assistants. A fond embrace & bushels of
kisses from your
Patton
Mr. Paleston & Lewis have not arrived.


Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.




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Dalton, Geo. Decr 18th 1863 Dear Et, Yesterday I receiv ed yours of the 10th and today I have just read another of the 14th! That is doing pretty well, is it not? For Confederate Mails? I feel like I was so near you that I believe it makes me more impatient to see you than when I was farther off. In your letter of the 10th you say you had only recd one letter from me (of the 2ns) since our defeat. I cant account fo r this, for I have written five and hope you have received them before this reaches you. I am not quite so despondent and gloomy as you suppose. True, I am mortified at the conduct of some of our tr oops, but have not lost confidence in their courage & patriotism. We have just heard today, certainly that Genl. Johnston is ordered here to take command of the army. This will inspir e the troops with new confidence and if the people at home men, women, children, and servants will only set their faces against deserters, absentees, skulkers, etc. not permitting them to eat, sleep or speak with them, our army may be made strong enough to cope with that of the enemy. I can tell the people at home, that they had better not require too much of the few who are in the army & who have up to this time borne the brunt of the war! I am quite well, growing a little older thats all!! Hope you are as young as ever! Genl. Hardee is to be married soon to Miss Le wis of Demopolis Ala. very rich. I hope mother is well again. I will write to her in a da y or two. My love to her always also to Aunt & Mollie. Kiss the dear boys for me. I am proud to hear of their progress with their books. Willies such a man that he will ha ve to be your overseer when you get to keeping house again. The & Pat will be his assistants A fond embrace & bushels of kisses from your Patton Mr. Paleston & Lewis have not arrived. Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.