1864 Apr 19

 

Tuesday morning
April 19, 1864

My dearest companion,

I seat myself to drop you a line to let you know that I am still well, trusting that you are, too.

Mr. Benson will start a letter before I get back as am going on the island to picket, and won’t get back till ten o’clock tomorrow.

I have only to say that if you come, come prepared, as I have got no money and won’t get any before the tenth of May, if then.

There is no chance for us to see each other unless you come.  Furloughs have all been killed out, and I don’t think they will start any more until next summer, if then.

I would be glad to see Mollie, but perhaps you had best not bring her, as you know she would be exposed very much.  If you do bring her, take her on the cars and don’t pay anything for her.  If they ask you for pay for her, talk them out of it.

I want you to come when Mrs. Benson comes, and I or Mr. B., one, will try to meet you in Savannah.  If we are not there when you get there, you had better wait awhile at the car shed.  If we don’t get there by eight or nine o’clock, you must get a little wagon and come to Beaulieu Battery near Montgomery.

I will close for this time.

Farewell, my dear.

W. H. Harden
 Mrs. N. J. Harden

Milner, Georgia

I am well as common.  I can’t stop to see you without disobeying orders and that I will not do to disgrace myself and you.  I will not desert my Colors.

We are going to Dalton, Georgia.  We may get into it soon.  I may never have the chance to see you again.

I will drop this at Milner.  If you are not at the railroad, I shall not see you.

I will close.

Yours, etc.

W. H. Harden

Our Regiment is 1,305 strong, one of the largest now in the Army.