Letters from Jeremiah Hall
to his wife
Frances Porterfield Hall
25 & 26, 1864
Transcribed by Charlotte
In line near Palmetto. Ga.
Sept. 25, 1864
Dear wife, I seat myself this evening to drop you a few lines
which will inform you that I am well at present hoping when these
few lines reach you they may find you and the children well in good
health. I have little news of interest to write. We have been here
a week today. We have not received any mail since coming here. We
have put up breast works here and are lying still. The Yankees are
not anywhere now that I can hear of. We are getting sorry rations
now but we can make out to live on what we get. I want to see you
all very bad but I fear it will be a long time before I shall have
an opportunity but I hope this war will soon close that we all may
come home. I am doing commissary duty. I dont go on picket
.our own ditches and camp. We had a man exchanged
from Atlanta who came in today. He said the Yankees had ten men
to our one. I heard just after I wrote to you last that Allen is
dead. I do not wait for letters from you. I write when ever I think
I can get a letter off. I want to see you the worst in this world.
I think of you and my little children. I can not keep tears from
my eyes but yet it does no good. I want you to write me often and
you will oblige me very much to. Nothing more but I remain your
affectionate husband till death.
Sept. 26, 1864 Dear Wife,
I seat myself to drop you a few more words as I did not get my
letter off yesterday. I have nothing more of importance than I wrote
yesterday. Only the President came around this morning and he did
not gain much applause. Last year he came around and all the hollowing
I ever heard of it was then but there was little cheering done.
The troups seem to be all out of heart. I am out of heart I dont
deny it. They have ten men to our one that is a clear case. If they
have a notion to drive us farther they can do it easily now. If
we attempt to fight them here they will over power us by November
as they can flank us back in the level country. It is a rich mans
war and a poor mans fight but if they want the Negroes all free
we will only have to keep fighting twelve months longer and they
will force their way all over our country and free them without
any law. There is but one way to prevent the freeing of every Negro
in the south. A great many people are expecting a rupture in the
Lincoln government in about the time of the election but that is
all stuff. Lincoln is sure to be the next President and now is the
best time to make peace that will ever be again. With Lincoln as
President we may expect the war to continue four more years or come
to his terms. I have no sympathy for a yankee and will fight then
as long as any other person but I am not in favor of putting myself
up for a target when I see I can do no good by it. I will close
for the present. I am full. I could sit and talk a week. I am pestered.
Farewell my dear.
P.S. If any person asks you what I think of the war just show
them letter. I have prophesied right this far.
This letter was copied from the original written by Jeremiah Hall
during the Civil War.
." characters represent
portions that were not legible enough to read. The original letter is in
the possession of Katie Ruth Hall Albea of Washington, Ga.
Jeremiah Hall was born July 26, 1834
in Madison County, Georgia, the son of William Hall and Orpha Nelms.
He was married on 2 Nov 1854 to Frances L. Porterfield, daughter of James
Porterfield & Tabitha Bond, also of Madison County. James
was also a Civil War soldier. Jeremiah enlisted in the Confederacy
on March 10, 1862 in Company G, 37th. Ga. Regiment. He was wounded
in the battle at Franklin, Tenn. and died April 19, 1865. The
reference to the death of Allen referred to Allen Porterfield, also a casualty
of the war, who was the brother of Frances Porterfield, wife of Jeremiah
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