William Malachi Stark Letter

William Malachi Stark sent the following letter to his sister Jane Stark following the Battle of Atlanta:

In line of battle near Palmetto Station, Ga.

Sept. 25, 1864

Dear Sister Jany,

     I seat my self to drop you a few lines to inform you that I am well and doing well.  We are now camped near Palmetto & are intrenched but the yanks are all gone back to Atlanta consequently all is quiet and peasible.  It is reported that all of our prisoners at Camp Chace has broken prison and got loose and are making thar way south.  I hope it is so.  The next nuse is that the first time for a long while that they could claim a victory in Va.  But they whipped Genl. Earlys Corpse & will crow over that for a long time.  It is reported that Genl. Forest is here in charge of all the cavalry here and Genl. Wheelor is at Corinth in forest place.  If forest is here you all will miss him for Genl Wheelor is not the Genl that Forest is.  I hope when this letter comes to hand it will find you all well.  It has been bad rainy weather for the last week but today in Sonday & has every appearance of good weather for a while.  I can but wish that I was there with you all to enjoy myself & I hope before next year this time we will all be home together & peace will spread its most desired preasants over our land but I am afraid that it will not close for some time yet.  I have written several letters since I received one from you all.  I think it is time that I was getting a letter from you all.  I have written you two letters & in both ones I stated for you to send me some clothes.  I suppose you al have got the letters.  My mess[age]. Is all well that is here.  Only four of us, Gurny, Alexander, wicker & myself.  Mr. Elliott is off at the hospt sick & I am afraid he is dead for we have not heard from him in a long while.  Uncle Jerry Braddock was wounded in the breast & is at the hospt.  We are drawing onlt tolerably plenty of rations.  We do very well with what little we forage.  Robert was well the last I heard from him.  You must write to me every chance you have for I like to hear from you all any time.  I will close for this time.  My love to all the family.  I remain your devoted

W. M. Stark

Note: William M. Stark was in Co. K 10th Miss. Infantry at the time this letter was written:

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