Table of Contents

For a sampling, the letters highlighted in gray are recommended.


Date
Location

From

To

Synopsis

1845 Jan 30

Pike County, GA

John R. Jenkins

George W. Cannon

legal warrant reused for LC letter


Pike County, GA

Let Clayton

Nancy Jane Harden

cure chicken cholera

1859 Jan 9


John T. Cook

William Harmon Harden

John’s mules ran away

1859 Feb 24


Margret A. Harden

William Harmon Harden

sisters invited to big party

1859 Feb 26


Susan Randall Harden

William Harmon Harden

James Cook’s little finger cut off

1860 Feb 14

Haw Ridge

J. G. Stead

William Harmon Harden

bill of $9 to WHH for books

1861 Apr 7

Magnolia, GA

William Harmon Harden

Emily F. Jones

poem “To A Lady On Her Marriage”

1861 Oct 6

Fayette County, WV

T. W. Key

William Harmon Harden

the hardships of soldiering in West Virginia

1862 Mar 1

Pike County, GA

A, M. Gillispie

William Harmon Harden

WHH tax assessment

1862 Aug 18

Savannah, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

company march to Savannah

1862 Aug 21-22

Savannah, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

Hilliard Judge Harden

need shirts and salt kettle

1862 Aug 24

Ruby, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

expects to see boisterous Atlantic

1862 Sep 2

Beulah, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

conscripts have not got me yet, send me a laugh

1862 Sep 14

Tallulah, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

Mollie predicts war in WHH dream

Undated1


William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

heavy cannonading yesterday

1862 Sep 19

Moss Cabins, GA

William Harmon Harden

Margret A. Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

William Harmon Harden

write if you want my money

(fragment of return letter)

1862 Sep 21

Pike County, GA

Nancy Jane Harden

William Harmon Harden

nothing that will interest a suckling pig

Undated2


William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

his lips tooted out long as my finger

1862 Sep 23

Beulah, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

the ague gives me scissors - poem

1862 Sep 24

Moss Cabin, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I am so confused I can hardly write

Undated3


William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

Mr. Benson can beat me a-jumping

1862 Nov 3


Peter Lamar

William Harmon Harden

WHH receipt for $3.30

1863 Feb 2

Camp Gordon, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

a pusillanimous falsehood

1863 Feb 10

Camp Gordon, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

this may be the last letter I ever write

1863 Feb 13-14

Camp Gordon, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

ready for battle at a minute’s warning

Undated4


William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

we are certain the fight has commenced

1863 Feb 21

Camp Gordon, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

description of Review by Gen. Beauregard

1863 Feb 23

Camp Gordon, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

broke out with measles

1863 Jan-Feb


George Graves

National Archives

Company Muster Roll

1863 Mar 6

Camp Gordon, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I was the happiest man in Pike

1863 Mar 11-13

Camp Gordon, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

secret expedition to take Ft. Pulaski

1863 Mar 20

Camp Gordon, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I am Third Corporal

Undated5


William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

send me butter and syrup for oysters and crabs

Undated5


William Harmon Harden

Seaborn Jones

I am anti-war now

1863 Mar 26-28

Camp Gordon, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

all point to early attack in city

1863 Mar 30-31

Camp Gordon, GA

William Harmon Harden

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

Cynthia Carolina Harden Susan Randall Harden Bettie Jones

50,000 Yankees have landed near Charleston

there are some nice men here and some hogs

Undated7


William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

mumps and vulgarity in camp

1863 Apr 5-6

Fort Mercer, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

great deal of sickness here

1863 Apr 10-11

Camp Gordon, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

execution of deserter

1863 Apr 18-20

Camp Gordon, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

no chance for furlough

1863 Apr 22-23

Camp Gordon, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I am going to fall off the train

1863 Mar-Apr


George Graves

National Archives

Company Muster Roll

1863 May 3

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I think of home, become confused and cannot write

1863 May 6-8

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

remark on Stonewall Jackson’s death

1863 May 9-12

Thunderbolt Hospital

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

coded message: I think I can fool the doctors

1863 May 16-17

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

picket duty and Town Ball

1863 May 21

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

my first place of danger

1863 May 23

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

found a letter I thought I sent you

1863 May 24-27

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

poem “The Soldier”

1863 May 28

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

If I don’t get a letter I shall shit all over Thunderbolt

Undated8


William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

the fault is in the post office

1863 May 29


William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I seal my letters with rice

1863 May 30

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

lost my small blanket

1863 Jun 1-2

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

great satisfaction to hear from you

1863 Jun 8

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

we had two alarms by night

1863 Jun 11


William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

five men taken prisoner

1863 Jun 13

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

If I do not get better, I may come home

1863 Jun 15-16

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

fleas and lice as common as flies and gnats in Pike

1863 Jun 18

Thunderbolt Hospital

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I am sick and not able to sit up

1863 Jun 19

Thunderbolt Hospital

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I am better though my bowels are running off

1863 Jun 24-25

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

The Yanks are getting very saucy

1863 Jun 30-Jul 1

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I do not fear the Yankees like I do sickness

1863 May-Jun


George Graves

National Archives

Company Muster Roll

1863 Jul 2

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

we go to fight in Charleston - I may never get home

1863 Jul 7

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

we have a heap of sickness

1863 Jul 15

Savannah, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I have got the measles

1863 Jul 18

Savannah, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I don’t think it advisable for you to come here

1863 Jul

Savannah, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

you said you were coming - had better stay away

1863 Jul 26

Savannah, GA

Samuel J. Bankston

Nancy Jane Harden

Sarah Virginia Bankston

Susan Randall Harden

we found Harmon doing tolerable well

I am sitting by Harmon writing

1863 Aug 3

Macon, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

egg with a chicken in it

1863 Aug 4

Macon Hospital

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I am some heartier than when you was here

1863 Aug 8

Macon General Hospital

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I am not well and cannot come home - enclosed clipping

1863 Apr 6


Thomas J. Steverson


newspaper clipping “Letter From A Dying Soldier to His Wife”

1863 Aug 10

Macon General Hospital

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I have a notion to run away and come home (religious feelings)

1863 Aug 12

Macon General Hospital

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I don’t do nothing but lay here and read

1863 Jul-Aug


George Graves

National Archives

Company Muster Roll

1863 Sep 14


R. J. Jones

W. A. Jones

the Company has gone off with Gen. Lee

1863 Sep 17

Macon General Hospital

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

the doctors commenced giving me physic

1863 Sep 23


C. M. Rowe

National Archives

Register of Floyd House and Ocmulgee Hospitals, Macon, Ga.

1863 Sep 24

Macon City Hall Hospital

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

about 1,000 sick and wounded sent here today

1863 Oct 2

Macon City Hall Hospital

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I do not like to dress wounds because they are so easy hurt

1863 Oct 6

Pike County, GA

Nancy Jane Harden

William Harmon Harden

I was proud to get the needles - the sort I love to sew with

1863 Oct 10

Macon City Hall Hospital

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

Bob Bonhart has lost his child - said he was glad it was dead

1863 Sep-Oct


George Graves

National Archives

Company Muster Roll

1863 Nov 3

Macon City Hall Hospital

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I can sit up, but not do much

1863 Dec 6-7

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

the wind and sand are very severe at the batteries

1863 Dec 17-18

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I want you to speculate on salt

1863 Nov-Dec


George Graves

National Archives

Company Muster Roll

1864 Jan 6

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

Uncle Riley joke

1864 Jan 14

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

Hell’s darkest cavern is too good

1864 Jan 20-21


William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

we are guarding the 54th GA who won’t fight

1864 Jan 23

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

dream of bees

1864 Jan 28

Fort McAllister, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

never seen a better prospect for a fight

1864 Jan 31

Fort McAllister, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I don’t think the Yanks will ever take this place

1864 Feb 8-9

Fort McAllister, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

joke about Mr. Long

1864 Feb 14

Fort McAllister, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I captured and imprisoned four biscuits

1864 Feb 15


William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I will make rags of my shirt to clean my gun

1864 Feb 26

Fort McAllister, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I am sorry to hear you are without shoes - coded message

1864 Jan-Feb


George Graves

National Archives

Company Muster Roll

1864 Mar 2


Miller

National Archives

Receipt Roll for Clothing

1864 Mar 2a

Fort McAllister, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

a storm blew our guard tent down

1864 Mar 10-11

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

troop movement from Ft. McAllister to Thunderbolt Battery

1864 Mar 19-21

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

we will have to go to Mississippi this spring

1864 Mar 26

Savannah, GA

E. M. McIntyre

Nancy Jane Harden

authorization for railroad pass

1864 Mar 31

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I will get mad if you don’t do better about writing

1864 Apr 1-2

Thunderbolt Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

the Yankees have all gone

1864 Apr 10

Beulah, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

march from Thunderbolt Battery to Hanleiter’s Battery

1864 Apr 12

Hanleiter's Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

William says his mess has all turned to ossipher - coded message

1864 Apr 17

Beaulieu Battery, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

we eat sturgeon - it is as good as dead horse

1864 Apr 19


William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

no chance for us to see each other unless you come

Undated9

Milner, GA

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

I will not desert my colors

1864 Apr 30-May 1

Dalton General Hospital

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

we have no shelter in hospital

1864 Aug 16


T. Cary

National Archives

Register of Patients in Ocmulgee Hospital, Macon, Ga.

1864 Aug 24

Americus Floyd Hospital

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

arrived in Americus yesterday from Macon

1864 Aug 28

Pike County, GA

Nancy Jane Harden

William Harmon Harden

they say Nancy Ann’s son is a mighty ugly fellow

1865 Jan 29

Americus Ophthalmic Hospital

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

the doctor put caustic in my ears to burn them out

1865 Feb 19

Americus Ophthalmic Hospital

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

Tom Head conscripting Negroes and white men

1865 Feb 22-23

Americus Ophthalmic Hospital

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

you said I must name our new baby - poem

1865 Apr 8

Macon, GA

F. Wood

William Harmon Harden

Provost Marshal Pass

1865 Apr 30

Macon, GA

W. W. Potter

National Archives

Report of Prisoners Captured

1865 Oct 10

Zebulon, GA

C. F. Redding

Nancy Jane Harden

oath to obey law on emancipation of slaves

1874 Feb 12

Pike County, GA

Washington Poe Harden

William Harmon Harden

enough of foolishness, I reckon

1874 May 10-14

Pike County, GA

Washington Poe Harden

Sarah Virginia Bankston

William Harmon Harden

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

report of crops growing

Ma churns two pounds of butter a day

1874 May 12-13

Pike County, GA

I. A. F. Clayton

Let Clayton

William Harmon Harden

Nancy Jane Harden

about crops and sermons

don’t let the children out in the rain

1874 Aug 2

Pike County, GA

Washington Poe Harden

William Harmon Harden

about crops and deaths

1874 Aug 12

Pike County, GA

Washington Poe Harden

William Harmon Harden

daughter has a fine boy, a week old

1874 Aug 13

At home

Let Clayton

I. A. F. Clayton

Nancy Jane Harden

William Harmon Harden

tell the children to come get some apples

I think we will come see you

1875 May 27

Jasper County, GA

William Harmon Harden

Hilliard Judge Harden

Jane had a duck fit today

1875 Jun 21

Pike County, GA

C. C. and E. A. Cooper

William Harmon Harden Nancy Jane Harden

my baby has not been well

1880 Sep 10

Winfred, GA

William Harmon Harden

Washington Poe Harden

we are all well

1881 Nov 13

At home

J. Mullins

William Harmon Harden

I am sorry I said anything about the matter

1882 Aug 18

Winfred, GA

William Harmon Harden

Washington Poe Harden

children have sore eyes

1884 Feb 17

Winfred, GA

William Harmon Harden

James B. Bebil

Washington Poe Harden and others of Flat Rock

the hind wheel of his bone cart broke down

1884 Aug 13

Winfred, GA

William Harmon Harden

Washington Poe Harden

the vile tongue of slander is assiduously at work

1887 Oct 14

Minnie, GA

William Harmon Harden

Washington Poe Harden

I believe the present church position is fully right

1890 Jan 25

AL

S. J. Goff

Washington Poe Harden

we lost all of our hams

1895 Aug 28

Hope, GA

Saidie Harris

Seaborn Judge Harden

a boy was thrown from a buggy and almost killed