George E. Farrington Letters


Letter from James Farrington
to George E. Farrington

October 4, 1864

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                       Quarter=Masters Department,                                          

                                                85th, IND. VOL. INFANTRY.
   Atlanta Georgia                       October 4th                              1864.
My dear Father
I have been so
occupied with my business that I have
not had time to write home or
otherwise  your  kind and interesting
letter of the 19th ult. would not have
remained  so long unanswered.  I received
it with three other letters from Terre Haute
of various dates from 1st to 19th.  They
reached me on the 28th and were first
for me that month.  Our mails
have been terrible  behind hand during
the past month and I think for
a time they will be more so,
It is generally beleived in fact known
that Hood's army has crossed the
Chattahoochee and is en route for
Tennessee where he is to be joined
by Kirby Smith's Mississippi force and
then force us to retreat to save our
selves.  This is beleived to be the modus



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  operandi.  It is evident that some
desperate movement on the part of
the rebels is on foot. You can
imagine we are not idle and I could
give you the situation but donot
deem it prudent.  Suffice- our corps
is in this vicinity, with the others
placed as the movements of the
enemy warrant.  They will do their
utmost to force us to abandon
Atlanta is evident and they hope
to do this by going on a raid to
the rear.  Yet a portion of that army
is somewhere about here, and I think
we will be apt to have some serious
work right here but I will trust
General W. T. Sherman, to hold and be
triumphant in the end.  It is known
that he had called on the War Dept
for men and as he puts it to the Sec'y
"I want men, not war speeches" and
at once.  There seems to have been a
slowness some where in sending forward
recruits.  You must know we have had
no rear guard,  during this campaign
and that we must have when we
stop.  These should have been in position
by this time,  but it seems they are not
and we must look out for our own


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  Haver Sacks or suffer the consequences.
This movement has put a damper on
[our?] prospects of going home to vote and
we now trust that Governor Morton
will be elected without our votes.  I
beleive  he will.  This movement may
have a tendency to influence the election
and made in view of effecting that
result.  That the rebels at home, are
in communication with the rebels
here.  I think is beyond a doubt.
There seems to be a wonderful unity of
action between them, at any rate.
Gen Sherman is truly a wonderful man
and he must have a frame of Iron to
withstand the pressure of the amount of
business he transacts.  He attends to the
, as well as the general details of
his army.  I send you a communication
with his endorsement thereon.  I made
out the application for Tully, and hoped
his request might be granted, but Genl
S- reasons well and to the point-War
War and I believe he alone fully
appreciates the full force of the words
he uses, and is terrible in earnest in all
his undertakings.  This endorsement
like all others of  his orders an is typical
of the man, and the vein of his thought & actions


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  As a consequence of his order all the
Suthers are making for the rear and
charging to their losses" as suggested.
He intends having our army of soldiers
and the fewest number of citizens
possible.  In regard to my clothes, you
can request Mess H. & B. not to fill
that part of my order,  which you obtained
from the Express Co.  I will be the gainer
by the operation after all, if the clothes
are in good condition.  I wrote Albert
Williams to duplicate any hat order,  but
one is enough as I have one already
which I bought here,  from confiscated
goods.  I find it best to keep myself
well prepared for emergencies.
In regard to the matter I wrote you
about, please let me know the result.
Our latest advices from home are upto
the 19th ult.  Quite a length of time
Indians Sick & wounded have been granted
a furlough,  but have not left yet as
the R. R. is "out of ballast".
My issues for the past month have been
very heavy for the number of men we have-
amounting to $3,873.41-  which will nearly
complete the outfit.  Donot feel uneasy
about the delay or non receipt of letter, but
be guided by the state of our communications
[The following line is written on the left hand border of the last page:]
Give much love & good wishes to all
         Very Affectionately
                Your son George E. Farrington.



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