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In Keaneville Ala Jan 4th 1864

Gov. T.H. Watts Montgomery Ala

My dear sir

I am just returned from a trip to our army at Dalton Ga which is there in winter quarters and presume to write a fieue things to you about the conditions of things in that quarter.

The troops are in a better situation than I had expected to find them under all circumstances although there is very much suffering for want of clothing shoes and socks more especially in the [Liner?] troops who are separated from their wifes sisters daughters & free male friends by the enemies lines. Rations are not fed beef short & poors it requires about 5000 head per month to answer the present purpose an account of the inferior quailty thereof

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there is not much flour issued a poor quality of corn meal and but fiewe things to cook it in. I hope the meal will be better ground in a short time. Many things might be attended to in the way of economy which is assisted now. I traveled up to the army east of Taylors Ridge on the west is Summerville and Lafayette Ga. At the latter place the emeny have a [pickett?] there is nothing in their way from from this place to [--ader?] bluff Cherokee etz ala, our state as thus open in their approach in the Coosa River many citizens are so uneasy at this they are moving away further south insult and plunder exists to a grate & agrevating extent in our state above the Tennessee River and whole sale devastation is going on

The proximity of our army to unsound influences by [apaciatious?] with to the enemys picketts and others who are unfriendly to the south induces an acquaintance of mine Maj. E. D. Cross a division commisary of Maj Genl Stewards division to suggest to me the propriety of distributing

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in pamphlet form (?) (those?) troops of Alabama if no further as number of your inaugurial address that they read again (those?) reasons why we of the south have drawn this sword. Soldiers have but little to read and they (taulk?) a good deal about the cause of the war and not a little with the conscripted recruits. we think your inaugurial or (last?) book of southern principles & choose to circulate it in place of any other thing of the kind we know. The Secretary of state has not sent any [?] here yet & if you can concur with us we would like to have a goodly number of coppies for distribution. many of our officers of the rank of Colonel think alabama should make an effort with state forces to clear the state of the enemy in the northern counties at an early period & further say that no battle has been fought in this war yet by state forces of any over state of the confed eration Very Respectfully Your servant E. T. Rease

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Rev E.M Neem I am 4/04

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