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Carpenter, Henry C. (d. 1864)

Letters, 1862-1864, Ms1996-008


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February the 10 1862

My Dear Sister Liza I seat my self to write you a few lines to let you know where I am and how I am getting along the Regment is Campted at the Red Sulfer Springs at this time our Company is Campted at the mouth of ingin on the widow Lawlers land opposite Mr Cramps I like our new Camp very well one Company Campted by its self always sees much better time than they do when they are with the Regment the soldiers are livi ng right hard now The beef that they get to eat is very bad The Cattle are so poor they stagger as they walk well how are you all getting along why didnot Brother Ed Come up to his time is he sick or any thing the matter I was up to the Red Sulpher to see him last Monday but he did not come How is Brother John getting along with the Conscripts will he be up shortly how is paws health this winter what does he think of the war now you said in one of your letters that old Hiram Peery profess ed the fighting was nearly over I dont think his prophesy will come to pass I dont see any probability of peace sooner than twelve months I think the yankeys will make a desperate struggle at us early in the spring their is a large peace party at the north but they are only in for peace on terms of reconstruction of the union I dont call that any peace party at all well as I expect to see you all in a few days I will Close I remain your affectionate Brother until Death
HC Carpenter to Elizabeth A Carpen

August the 25 1862

My Dear Sister it is with pleasure that I take my pen to write to you once more I am very anxious to hear from you as I have not heard from you but once since you left we are all tolerdle well Brother John has been complaining for a few days but he has gotten nearly well I am troubled with biles Brother Ed was down to see his girl yesterday he generly goes twice a week and once evry Sunday Well I reckon it is amusing to hear Mr Rigs talk since he got so rich I suppose that Miss Mary _____ has gotten maried at last How does the ______ of Bland like the idear of going to Floyd I heard that they talked about rebelling I have no nuse of importance to write you the yan keys have all left this Country the last account we had of them was that they were at _alley it is not known whether they intend to make a stand their or not I suppose that is a fine position Our Cavelry started for the Kanorway valley yesterday morning to see what has become of the yankeys Some thinks that they are going to reinforce Pope as ______ I dont know where we will go or whether we will go any where or not we have no marching orders yet it is reported that we will go to reinforce Stone wall and some think that we will go towards Charleston as for my part I dont care where we go but I believe I would rather go to Jackson than any where else I am garding a man to day our scouts taken him yesterday he is the first man I have seen acknowledge that he was a union man he lives in lewis Burg and is one of the welthiest sitzens in that town he has just gotten back from Charleston he says that he is for the union and he will not tell any thing on the yankeys where they are nor any thing about them well I must close by giving you my best love I remain your affectionate Brother until death
HC Carpenter


September the 5 62

My Dear Sister Liz I will take the present opportunity to write you a few lines as we are going to start on a march tomorrow morning and perhaps I will not have another opportunity for several days we are all well _____ we expect to start in the dire ction of Rolly Court House tomor row the Bland Co is not with the Regment at this time they went to Aldersons Fery yesterday morni- ng and have not goten back yet I received a letter from you to Brother John this morning also a pair of pants for Brother Ed I will take care of them untwell they get back from the Fery we are Campted now at the Red Sulphur From the preperation General Williams is making he must be a going to leave nearly all of our tents we are only going to take 5 tents to the Company well I will close direct your next letter to the Red Sulphur as we will make our Head quarters their for a while you must write to us often as I am always anxious to hear from you good by for the present I will right again soon
from your Brother untwell death HC Carpenter


Charleston Knanway Co
September the 26 62

My Dear Sister Liz I seat my self to answer your letter which I received a few days ago and was very glad to hear from you we are Campted now about two miles below Charleston our forces is scattered all along the river Yinkinses Cavelry and two Regments of infantry is about 30 miles below Charleston and the Bland Company with two or three others is staying at Gally Bridge I have not seen Br John or Ed since we left the Red Sulpher as that Compa ny has not been up with the Regment since we left them the 45 sufered more in the fight on the 10 at Fayett than any other Regment as we ocupied the most dangerous position we supported Otzes Battery otzes Battery lost three men killed and eight wonded we had an engagement on top of Cotten mountain an the 11 we ware scrummining and fighting with the yankeys all the way to Charleston and in no fight we did not have as many men engaged as the enemy had on cotten hill their was no forces engaged except the 45 the Canorway valley is a fine country and we find a great many good Southern people living in it but a large majority of them are union as we marched down thevalley the yong Ladyes would be standing side of the road with secession flags on their aprons and with large baskets of english grapes to give the soldiers as they passed I wish you ware down here to help us eat sweet potatoes and peaches as we can get as many of them as we want the finest I ever saw the is some neighbourhoods in this country is entirely deserted as they left their corn and evry thing and went off with the yankeys when the yankeys retreated from Charleston they taken with them about five hundred negroes well how is paw getting along a farming is he sowing much wheat will he fatten many hogs I think grain and bacon will be very high tell all of the people they had better Come down and get their salt as they have a fine road to hall it on and can get it for 35 cts a bushel what do you think of the times know do you think the is any probability of peace well I must close write soon give my love to all of the family accept a larger portion for your self from your Brother until death HC Carpenter
I have no account of any yankeys on this side of the Ohio River

Camp Scinterville
November the 22 62

My Dear Sister Emily I seat my self to answer your welcome letter that I received a few days ago I have no nuse of importance to write except we are campted a high hill with our tents very close together and our eyes getting very sore from the smoke you said you wanted me to you a history of our retreat from Charleston I dont know of thing that would be interesting to you our retreat was a very _____ rescpected one on our way from Rachs Ferry to Charleston we heard that their was a force of yankeys marching on Charleston and they marched us very hard to get their before the enemy and after we arrived at Charleston our Commanders was making evry preperation to fight the enemy and our scouts come in and reported old Cox with ten Regments marching up the valley and Millroy with eight Regments a going round by Banimer ville to cut us off at Gally Bridge we taken som Prisoners next morning that reported the same and our Commanders concluded they was not able to fight them and they would make a retreat of it I would like to get a furlow and go and stay a few days at home very well but I dont think theirs much chance for it know well I will close give my to all the family accept a larger portion for your self please write soon from your Brother untwell death
HC Carpenter The _____ are all well Br John is enjoying himself very well waiting on the _____ girls write soon give my love to all of the family


Camp near the Salt Sulphur
December the 12 62

My Dear Sister it is with pleasure I seat my self to answer your welcome letter that I received a few days ago it gave me great pleasure to read a letter from you we boys are all well Brother John has gone home to act as Provose Martial in Bland I have no nuse of importance to write you except camp reports and I dont think they are worth writing one report says that we are going to Christyens Burg to stay the balance of the winter we are fixed up tolerable well where we are campted now we have chieys to our tents and campted where we can get a plenty of wood but our Regment is bad off for clothing and blanketts their is two hundred and twenty men in the Regment excused from duty for the want of shoes but what they lack in one thing they make up in another evry few days the comes is a load of licker and the boys warms themselves up with that at three dollars a pint that is two strong for me I can say what very few men in the 45 can not say I have not spent one dollar for licker nor lost one by playing cards since I belong to the Regment well is the much talk about christmas in Bland I would like to go and see you all at christmas but I think it is very doubtful whether I get off or not they only allow one man out of evry twenty to be absent at a time and so many are always running off we can hardly ever get a furlow they are hard on them that leaves without leaf now I saw two men out of the 45 whipted and branded yesterday for running off they give them 39 on their bare back and branded them with the letter D on their hip I wish you would send me my over coat by Mr Allen as I need it right bad tell Mr Allen he must be sure and come to see us as soon as he gets back and if I dont get off at christmas he must drink one glass of eggnog for me well I will close give my respects to all the Family please write to me soon From your brother until death to Mrs Emily Allen
HC Carpenter


Camp Near the Mouth of Ingine, March the 1863

My Dear Sister Liz I seat my self this rainy morning to write you a few lines though I have nothing of importance to write I arrived at Camp the next day after I left home Brother Ed is at Shanblins Ferry at this time Guarding Commissary stores I saw him a few days ago he was well and looks well he had a right big time with _____ Smith as he come on to his Company they have stopped furlowing for the present our Brigade is held in readiness for something I dont know what some think that we will go to Tennessee awhile others think that we are going to make a Raid on Fayett Our Scouts have gotten back they went all around Fayett they report three Regments at Fayett and they have fortified that hole Country evry position that we held last when we fought them they have got strong Fortifications now how are you all getting along had Brother John been ordered up yet I like the Camp here very well it is a very fine neighbour hood I taken dinner last Sunday with Mr Mikle Quins Father in law he gave me as nicer dinner as I wish to set down to we catch a great many fine fish now well I will close give my love to all the family accept a large portion for your self from your Brother until Death
HC Carpenter
I will look for you by the 28 MarchMrs Crump says you and Mrs Crump must be sure and come to see her the old Lady would be glad to see you as well as Brother Ed and my self you and Mrs Crump must be sure and Come the Last of next week you must hire a horse some where and you and she must fix up and come I know you will enjoy your self and with all I will give you a nice Ball and have you a mess of fish be sure and come well I will close give myI dont think we will leave here before that time HCC


March the 30 1863
Camp at the Mouth of indian

My Dear Sister Liz I seat my self for the purpose of writing you afew lines as I am very anxious to hear from you I have not herd from you since I left I written to you soon after I returned to Camp but have not received no answer I saw Brother Ed yesterday he is well he is at Shamblins Ferry at this time he sees a right easy time now we all see aright easy time now we have no duty to perform a getting something to eat is the ______ atest dificulty we have to contend with our Regment have been fasting a right smart Lateley our poor beef has given out and it seems that our Commissaries are about to faill in other respects the ____ Regment have had nothing to eat for the last week but three barrels of crackers we ware held in readiness for ten days to make a raid on Fayett But that expedit ion os given out the forces in the North West can not move no where untwell they get a new supply of horses and something to eat our horses are very poor during that hail storm eleven of them died one night how is Paw getting along plowing the weather has been very bad this winter and spring for the Farmers to plow How is Brother John getting along with the girls have you and Mrs Crump fixed up your trip yet to come to Mr Crumps you must be sure and come if you come I will go part of the way home with you and maby all the way be sure and come I would like to see you and I know you would enjoy your self write me word whether you are coming or not well I will close give my love to all the family accept a larger portion for your self from your affectionate Brother until death HC Carpenter to
Elizabeth A Carpenter


Aldersons Ferry Monroe Co Va
June the 4th/63

Miss Lizzie Permit me to address you with a few lines I hope you will not become offended at me for doing so for it is not my desire to insult you in the least you need not to expect to find this note interesting by any means for those is nothing new to write we are Camped on Greenbrier River it is a beautiful place here the buoys appears to enjoy themselvs finely but I think the pretiest Season in the year has flown by with past time is Spring She bussted forth in all her Splender decorating both hill and vale with her beautiful flowers while the air was perfumed with their Sweet odor but alas we all cannot enjoy onsselvs for on those beautiful fields of nature now lay the bodies of many brave Sons of Va who 6 months ago was both fresh and hale but we are Still Spared to view those beautiful Senes of nature how thankful we ought to be that kind father who gave us our existence Miss Lizzie I want you to send me the ballad of the Capt with his whiskers if you please that is why I thought of writing to you and I am sure I could not write to any one that is more of a lady than you friend Edward told me that you had a joke on me I Should like to know verry mutch what it was your brothers are both well I close hoping to receive the ballad soon if you think this worth replying to I would take a delight in reading a letter from you your friend Newton Thompson
My respects to friend John A if you pls


Camp Near Aldersons
Ferry June the 8 63

My Dear Sister it is with pleasure I take my pen to answer your welcome letter that I received a few days ago and was glad to learn that you all was well I have no nuse of importance to write of interest Brother Ed and my self are both well we are Campted at Aldersons Ferry I suppose we are held in reserve to Reinforce the Forces at Meadow Bluff on Mecos- ling I dont think the yankeys will advance in the North west this year I saw some Refugese that has just come out from Fayett and they say that the is only five Regments at Fayett I think we will advance on the valley after harvest well I suppose their has been some very hard fighting at Vicks Burg evry one seems to be anxious to know the result Vicks Burg is a very important point for us to hold and if it falls it will Be a great Disadvantage to our arms our loss will certinly be very heavy and it will incourage the Enemy very much and no doubt prolong the war many months but I dont think our Rulers will let Vicks Burg fall How is Paw getting along Farming is his wheat good how is Brother John getting along I am inhopes that he will get to stay at home all the summer for he will see a much easier time and he will be a great deal of Company for you all I was preaching last sun day and heard a very able sermon preached by the Reverend Mr Edison missionary Baptist I suppose Mr Allens _____ is dead you wanted to know if the Holston Journal was taken in our Company the is one number taken in our company and several in the Regment well I will close tell Brother John that he must write to me give my love to all the family except a larg portion for your Dear self from your affectionate Brother until Death
HC Carpenter to
Elizabeth A Carpen


Camp Pelham
June the 21 63

My Dear Sister Liz _____ I seat my self to write you a few lines this morning though I have nothing of interest to write you Brother Ed and my self are well we recei ved the letter that you sent by Mr Workman and was very glad to learn you was getting better I have been very uneasy about you ever since we heard you was sick and was glad that Dr James was in the neighbor- hood to wait on you I would of liked to come home to see you but I could not get off as they are looking for the yankeys to make a Raid through here with Cavalry evry day the yankeys are fixing for a Raid through this portion of the Country with a large force of Cavalry our forces have fell back from Meadow Bluff to Lewis Burg we have a great [line or lines deleted] and one Pickett has to go five miles to Pickett I suppose our forces left Meadow Bluff on account of water I was at preaching this morning and heard a very able sermon preached by Mr Elen son Mr Johnson preached for us last Sunday and sixteen joined the church and eight of ten professed Relgion Col Harman Joined the Church I wish you had some of the charries that we get in this neighbour hood their is a great many here and they are just getting ripe well as I have no nuse of interest I will close you or Brother John must write to us evry mail untwill you get well and let us know how you are getting give my love to all the family accept a larger portion for your self from your affectionate Brother untill Death
HC Carpenter
EA Carpenter


Camp Pelham
July the 7 1863

My Dear Brother as it has been so long since we have heard from you all I concluded to write you a few lines this morning thinking that you would think anough of it to answer it I have no nuse of interest to write Brother Ed and my self are both well their is no Enemy near us nearer than Galley Bridge and Fayett ville and I dont think very many their the drilling is the worst that we have to encounter with now we drill four hours evry day the weather has been very warm and showery for the last week the wheat is as fine as I ever saw in this County well how is sister Liz getting I have not heard from her for some time the last we heard she was getting better we have been looking for a letter from you for several days thinking that you would write often while [line or lines deleted] you have a right to stay at home or not against Browns Orders and if I did not I would come and report to my company and if you have a right to obey the officers at Doublin I would stay at home as long as I could Col Brown or Cap Newbery one seems to be very much troubled about you staying at home they have elected another sargent in your place and Col Brown had it read out on dressperade the other evning that _H Hamilton was elected in your place and that you was reduced to ranks well as it is getting nearly drill hour I will close answer this soon give my love to all the family except a large portion for your self from your affectionate Brother until Death
HC Carpenter


near Lewisburg
Camp Price
September the 4 63

My Dear Sister Liz I received your kind and very interesting Letter yesterday and take great pleasure in answering it I have not much nuse to write Brothers John and Ed is well our Brig ade is making preperations for a march but I dont know when we will go some think that we will go towards Charleston while others think we will go in the direction of Beverly well I suppose you have herd of our fight we had near the White Sulpher I will give you a few of the particulars of it Last Saturday was a week we heard that their was a large force of yankey Cavalry pressing Col Jackson in Pocahuntus and we started to reinforce him and when we got near Green Briar bridge in Poahuntus we learned that Jackson had retr eated towards the wam springs Closley persued by the Enemy and we fell back to Frankfort in Green Briar and started across from their to cut the Enemy of at the warm springs and we had not traviled more than 25 miles then General Jones received a dispatch that the Enemy had left the warm springs and was going in the direction of Lewis Burg then we ware ordered to the White Sulpher after marching all night we succed ed in Cutting them off we went into the fight with about fiften hundred men and we received reinforcements that swelled our force up to about 2500 the Enemy had over three thousand all Cavelry they made several Charges on us but ware repulsed evry time our loss was 36 killed dead on the field 60 wonded and some prisoners the Enemyes loss is estimated at about 500 but I will give you their loss as far as I know they left 50 dead on the field and 60 prisoners and 75 wonded they only left such wonded with us as could not be moved one of the Char ges they made on us was led by a Magor the Magor himself succeeded in getting through our lines he ran and squatted down behind a stump then jumpted up and drawd his sword on one of our men and demanded him to surrend er which the fellow did the Magor taken him by the Collar and started back to the yankey lines when some of our men noticed him going back and shot him down and wonded the prisoner he had taken I noticed another yankey Captain who fell wonded in about 30 yards of where I was standing he lay their nearly all day calling for water and in the evning some of our men went and taken him up he said he was Born and raised in Wheeling Va and he was a Sou thern man at hart and ought to be in the southern Army and if he ever gotten well he would not take up arms against us any more he gave sargent Beamer that took Care of him his pistols and a fine gold watch and then expired well nothing would give me more pleasure than to accept of your invitation to eat watermelon but it is entirely out of my power to get of from your affe ctionate Brother until Death
HC Carpenter
I think you and Paw might come to see us as I want to see you all very bad


September the 4 63
Camp Price near Lewis Burg

My Dear Sister Emily as we have returned back to our old Camp and evry thing seems _____ett I will embrace the present opportunity to write you a letter that I greatly owe you as we have just returned from a march of nine days marching part of the time day and night we are not exactly _____ted up from our march but are all as well as could be expected well as you have had several accounts of our fight near the White Sulphur it is not necessary for me to mention it though I will give you some of the particulars Last Saturday was a week we received marching orders to move in the direction of Cheat mountain we started and it was soon understood that we ware to reinforce Col Jackson and when we arri ved near Green Briar Bridge in Pockhantas Co Col Brown received orders to fall Back to Frankfort in Green Briar that Jackson had passed the Bridge retreating in the direction of the Warm Springs Closely Pressed by the enemy Then we marched all night and arrived at Frankfort next morning about nine oclock their we met Edgars Bytallion and the 22 then we started to the Warm Springs to meet Jacks on and when we got within 13 miles of the warm Springs General Jones received a dispatch that the Enemy had left the Warm Springs and had gone in the direction of Lewis Burg it was nine oclock Tuesday night when he received this dispatch and we ware soon on the road back towards the White Sulphur and after a forced march that night we succeeded in cutting the yankeys off next morning at nine olock it was then the Ball opened if we had of been one half hour later the Enemy would of passed on to LewisBurg and gotten away without a fight when the Fight Commenced we did not have more than 1400 men as our men was broke dow n and scattered all along the road for miles when the fight Commenced we had the 22 Edgars Bytallion and Duns Bytallion the 8 virginia was not in the fight as she did not get their until next morning and the fight was about over when they got their the Enemyes force was about three thousand as to the losses I heard the yankey Doctor say their loss was about 500 men but I will give you the losses as far as I know our loss killed dead on the field is 36 wonded 60 and some prisoners the Enemyes loss killed dead 50 wonded that fell into our hands 75 prisoners 60 the yankeys taken off all of their wonded that could be moved if Jackson had of Blocked the road and held them in check until we got to him we would of Captured the whole of them well I will Close give my love to all the family from your affecti onate Brother
HC Carpenter


November 1st 1863

Camp near the salt works
My Dear sister it is with pleasure I seat my self to write you a few lines though I have no nuse of interest to write I got to my Company Last monday Brother John and Ed is well we are still Campted near the salt works I have no nuse from the Enemy they are near Jones Boro in Tennessee our forces are scattered along the railroad from Avington to Bristol well how is Mrs Edwards getti ng along have you all appointed the time to start to wythe yet you must be sure and come over and write me word when you all are going to come have you found out all about Williams wedding yet write me word all about it if we can get a pass we will meet you at wythe well I will close give my love to all the family except a larger portion for your Dear self from your affectionate Brother
HC Carpenter


December the 6th 1863

My Dear Sister Liz you must Excuse me for not answering your welcome letter before now for I have neglected it Bro John Ed and my self are all well well _____ you at the _____ at the _____ I could of went to the weding but I did not care much about it you may look for we boys home Christmas we will _____ that Candy Stew I was glad that you all enjoyed your selves so well at Wythe was sorry we could not be with you we have but very little duty to perform now we employ our selves mosly Cutting Cord wood and Catching deserters our Regment have Caught about 300 since we have been at the Salt well well what do you think of the simes it seems the Enemy is pressing us at this time nearly at Evry ______ but the nuse in the Papers yesterday was very encourgering well how is Mrs Edwards getting along tell her she must not go home untwell we boys gets home well I must Close give my love to all the family accept a larger portion for your self from your affectionate Brother
HC Carpenter


January the 22 64

Dear Sister Liz it is with pleasure I seat my self to write you a few lines I would have written to you before know if Bro Ed had not of went home I thou ght he could tell you more than I could write I reckon you ware surprised to see him and was sorry that he Could not stay with you all more than two days well I did not get to my Company untwell the next Friday after new year I Enjoyed my self very well after I left home Miss jack John Allen Hariett and the Ballance of our Crowd went over to Wythe on new year and I tell you we Come very near freezeing it was the most disagreable day that I ever rhode they all enjoy ed them selves very much in Wythe we danced two or three days at John and Thompson Crocketts Miss Sallie Boble was in the love I wish you could of seen her dancing she was so large and fleshy I tell you she sweted right well it would amuse you to hear Lew Croft give a his tory of his trip at the old Squiers especially Miss Becky and Bishop he said that Becky took a good Cry Because she Could not get to go home with Bishop and when they ware on their way home Becky met Bishop of the Clear Fork and she and Bishop stopted and Commenced talking and they rhode on after rideing a peace they Concluded to wait for her they waited some time and went on and they did not see any thing more of Becky untwell about nine o clock that night she and Bishop arrived at Henrys well I was at a small frolick at newtons on Wednesday night after new year Sallie had a son when do you expect to go to Wythe you must write me word when you are going I must Close this leaves us well write soon give my love to all the family except a larger portion for your self from your affection Brother until Death
HC Carpenter


February 11th 64

My Dear Sister
Liz I received your kind and welcome letter yesterday and hasten to answer it it found us well and was truly glad to hear from you Brother John has gone an a scout he said he was going home before he retur ned I had intended to come to Stumps wedding but it is so far to walk and I Could not get a pass for more than eight days I give out coming as I expect to get a furlow the first of March General Jones has been relieved of Comm and in this department and General Breckinridge takes his place well as you will see Bro John in a few days I will close as he can tell you more than I can write good by for the present write soon give my love to all the family from your affectionate Bro until Death
HC Carpenter


Camp Near Saltville
April 21 1864

My Dear Sister I received your kind and welcome letter a few days ago and was very glad to hear from you I saw a letter you wrote to Bro Ed yesterday and was sorry to learn that Paw was sick you must write to me as soon as you get this and let me know how he is getting I am enhopes he will be well before you get this letter well I have no nuse to write you except we Boys are all well have you given out your trip to Wythe if you dont go before you must Come over the first of May and I will meet you their if you will let me know when you Come over I will get your teeth fixed for you well I suppose they are expecting another fight at Richmond I expect it will be a bloody Battle all the forces have left Tennessee and moving towards Richmond Stump told me that the dogs had killed all of your sheep is it so we have had a great deal of Rain our Camp has looked more like a hog pen lately than any thing else though it is drying of know well I must Close write soon give my love to all the family from your affectionate Bro
HC Carpenter


Camp Near new river Bridge
May 20th 1864

My Dear Sister I will embrace the present opportunity to write you a few lines as I expect you would like to hear from us Bro John Ed and my self are all well I have much nuse to write you but have not time to wri te much know we had the hardest fight Last Monday our Reg ever was in we fought them at the foot of Cloyds Mountain our Reg Comp osed our right wing they massed five Reg against us they Charged our regment with three reg and held two back in reserve we repulsed them three times the third time we repulsed them we Charged them and drove them back to their reserve and when their reserve Come we had to fall back our loss was 180 the yankeys loss was 400 killed and wonded the 45th loss was very heavy as they dun the most of the fighting the yankeys Completely ruined the Country as they went their is a great many killed that you are acquainted with but I have not time to mention them know the nuse from the East is good this morning Breckinridge had whipted Segle at Stanton Buregard has whipted Burnsides at Peters Burg and Lee is still whipping Grant at Richmond Lees official report says that he has killed and wonded one hundred thousand since the fight Commenced well I will Close give my love to all the family from your affectionate Brother
HC Carpenter


June the 2 1864

My Dear Sister Liz as we have stopped to rest a while I will drop you a few lines merely to let you know where we are we are resting now between Staunton and Harisons Burg about ten miles from Harisons Burg Bro Ed and my self are Both well Bro John went to wythe on a pass and has not overtaken us yet the Enemy is at Harisons Burg Commanded by Gen Hunter I suppose we will be Commanded by Imbo den on our way to staunton we stayed several hours at Shar lottsVille I did not see any one I knew except John Tuning he looks very well and is the same Old Tuning when we arived at staunton we found the People very much excited Expecting to be over run by the Enemy they were very glad to see us and received us very warmley about 15 Ladyes met us about one mile from Town and after Cheering us they formed at the head of our Reg and marched through Town I like the Vally very ______ I think I will like to stay down here but I dont like the I dear leaving our Country exposed to the Enemy well I must Close I will write little and often write soon I am very anxious to hear from you I have not received a line from you since we left saltville give my love to all the family except a larger portion for your self from your affectionate Bro
HC Carpenter


June the 4 1864

My Dear Sister Evry thing is quiett this morning we heard heavy Canonading yesterday and day before supposed to be at Richmond it is reported the yankeys are falling back in our front it is uncertain whether we have any fighting or not until we get with BreckinRidge on Lees left I think the army that we are Contending with will go their


June the 22 1864

Camp Near Salem
My Dear Sister doutless you are anxious to hear from me and I will embrace the present opportunity to draf you a few lines we attacted the Combined force of Hunter and Crook last Sunday evning near Lynch Burg and after not more than one hours engagement Hunter Commenced a retreat in the direction of Salem we had another Engagement yester day in the fight yesterday we Captured twelve pieces of Artillery and about 200 horses and great many Prisone rs I dont think old Hunter and Crook will stop running shortly we are resting today near salem today is the first days rest we have had since I wrote to you last Lee has give old Grant another terib le whiping I told you in my last letter if I heard any thing more from Bro John and Ed I would let you know since I wrote French wings and Sarg white of Co got away from the yankeys and they say that Bro John and Ed are Both Prisoners they say that the yankeys treated them very well as long as they stayed with them they said the yankeys had 800 prisoners they had 361 out of our Reg well I will Close this leaves me well write soon from your affec Bro until Death write soon as I am very anxious to hear from home
HC Carpenter
Direct you letter to Hawtons Division Smyths Brigade Valley of Virgin ia


Camp Near Berry Ville
Clark Co Va July 19 1864

My Dear Sister and family through the Providence of God I have been spared and permitted to write to you once more it has been some time since I heard from you but I am enhopes that I will hear from you soon I have had a very hard time of it lately we have not had one days rest for the last month and we have not been out of the sound of Artillery for the last 15 days and I know that Bro John and Ed sees much easier time in Prison than we do in the field some times I get so tiard marching that I am foolish anought to wish that I was with them


Camp 47th Va Cav
October 12th 64

Miss Lizzie
I have the sad nuse to tell you of your Brother Henrys Death Died on the 6th of October at woodstock Va Made an open kinfeshion of Religon before he died Departed this life at 1 oclock P.M. in the Evening said he was willing to dy he was Delirious Called Eddy several times said he wanted to talk with him. He was Buried in the Methodist Grave yard Nice Coffin Grave Marker Mrs John P Lovell waited on him while he lived said he was a nice gentlem an the fainest of our Land Mrs L has a lock of his hair which she will send to you also his Testament I give her your Address Lizie I have lossed so many of my Dear Friends & Relatives in this campain I cant bare the idea to think about it less write I am your Friend
M.B. Allen
I would like to see you and talk about your Dear Brother But I cant write about him
Miller


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