Letter from A. Van Riper to H. Van Riper, December 23, 1864
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Camp Near Savannah G.A.Dec 23 /64
I woanes moar take my pen in hand to let you know that i am well an hope that theas few lines will find you all the same. I reseaved your kind an welcom letter the other day. it is the first one that i have had in som time for on the 15 of last moanth we left Atlanta and seance that time we could not git letters moar right eny. we march over three hundred miles right through the country from Atlanta to Savannah an we lived of[off?] from the country moast of the time. we reached Savannah on the eight of this moanth and on the 13 of this month we charged feast[?] McAllister an touck it with all of the men an all of thar goanes. we had to take it or? eales go with [?] when we got foar our [communication?] was open to the coast. it was our Division that don it an i woas the first man that [planted?] the stars an Stripes on the [fort?] ? [Soon?] if i ? say it my ? we ar now laying with in 12 miles of Savanah in the rear some of the boys say that thay have left the town for ? ? Sherman if they hant thay had better ? ? thay woant git a only\
hank i have got the best health now that I have had for som time. the boys ar all well that come from thar. we have got 69? men in the one Company now that are all drafted men but they stand up to it like good felows
hank you ? my over coat. why did you ? ? it on an were it. i tell you what i will ? if you will Send me a hat like the one that you send me last Spring you can have the over coat an if you doant send the hat you can have the over coat eny how for when i come home i can git one just as good but then i would like to have the hat first rate[?]
well I will bring this to close for this time son[soon?] goes by all
T H A Vanriper
Direct to CO.B
47 Regt. OVP
Second Brigader[?], Second Division
Via? Hilton head
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