Includes a 10 cent Confederate stamp on the envelope Macon, Georgia: 1865.
Letter. Letter. 8" x 5". 3 page. Folded with 4 thin creases. Light edge wear to the paper. Addressed envelope has a 10 cent Confederate stamp. A typed transcription of the letter along with military records of Robert Lanier is provided. Good +. Item #15888
From the typed transcription:
Camp Direction Wheelers Corps
Macon Ga. March 25/65
Lieut H. S. Waller
Dear Sir, According to Promise I take this opportunity of letting you hear from me. I am again in Macon holding fast to my bam proof position. I can't say how long I shall stay here. I am getting tired of this place. I am going on to the command soon I think. I have made an application to the Secretary of War to get on a special detail. I am afraid I shall not get it but a man never knows what he can do until he tries. If I succeed in getting papers from Richmond I will soon return to Greensboro & then I will take unto myself a (wife - spelling?). I found Mrs. Phillips this morning & she has your valise and is taking good care of it. She would take me in to her bed room to see it. I mean the valise. If you will write to me & tell me when you are coming through I will meet you at the depot. I am afraid I am going to be sick. I have had a head ache now for days. It is no drunk head ache either. ? I will close for I have nothing to write about. Let me hear from you soon & tell me all the news and latest on your friends. R Lanier Sgt. Co F 3rd Ala, Cav. Camp Direction Wheelers Corps Macon, Ga
This Confederate Soldier's letter was written just 2 weeks before General Lee surrendered his Confederate Army at Appomattox. The Confederate administration left Richmond April 2, 1865 one week after this letter was written and one week before Lee's surrender.
The location "Camp Direction" in Macon was not found during a lengthy internet search. The Battle of Griswoldville, 11 miles from Macon, occurred November 1864. The battle resulted in heavy losses to the Confederate Army. This was the closest Sherman's Army got to Macon on its March to the Sea. Wheeler's Corps was involved in the Battle. In February, 1865 Wheeler was in the Carolina's fighting the advance of Sherman's Army. In March of 1865 there was nothing happening in Macon during the last weeks of the War.
Robert Lanier military record was located under Ancestry.com.