Ransom E. Hawley Letters


Letter from Ransom E. Hawley
to Ransom and Sarah Hawley

June 24, 1864

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             Bridgeport Ala June 24th

             Dear Parents
                               This morning 
I was glad to receive a letter
from Pa containg $1,00, and the
important news that a box of
"provision" was on the way
I went over to the Express office to see
how the sanitary stores were
directed but found only my
small box.  There is no Sanitary
agency here like every other place
where my lot was cast  in the
army. I was not long in opening
my box you may be assured
and the as each dainty was
produced the quality was tested
by the taste and the praises which
each particular eatable elicited was worthy of being
said by greater epicureans than [chum?]
and myself.



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I invited the Reve Mr Withston
Jones an agent of the Christain
commission to dine with me
and although he had a mile
to walk he p elevated his
umbrella and came. I have heard
him preach twice and while he
I was so sick he came to visit
me.  I think he is an excellent
man. he is certainly a hard
working man, and is doing a
 great deal of good.
  Every thing was in fine condition
and we relish them highly as
my stomach is strong now I will
make that gruel for the sick boys,
we have none in the hospital out of but
our company)
I have some friends there.
If its not too to much to ask I wish
you would have Mrs Montgomery make
me a hickory shirt, you can put
it and whatever else you want
to in a box that the Manhattan



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boys will have sent them.  I did
want a little jr molasses but
now I have so many other good
things I will not complain.
I expect to have pies during
blackberry season.  This evening I
will have some dried apple pies at
a very small cost.  I have become
so strong that I can walk
a mile, with two or three rests.
If the Manhattan box is
closed when it comes to Put.
donít say a word. I will like it be
better if you let the room alone
until I come home. I am very
thankful to you, for your trouble and ask you
to thank all who sent anything.
     Remember me to all inquiring
friends, and don't forget



  *Note to researcher:  This letter has been transcribed by Archives staff verbatim
as the words appear on the original written page.  The spacing, punctuation, and
capitalization are identical.  Words that are unclear have been enclosed in brackets.