Civil War
Flowers Letters

1864 Apr 14 from Garrett A. Flowers to Ann M. Flowers
Pine Bluff April the 14th, 1864
Dear Wife,
It is with pleasure that I take my pen in hand to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well ____ this except bad cold. Hoping that when these few lines come to hand that they will find you all well and doing well. I have neglected writing for some time waiting to get a letter from you but I have looked in vane for more that a month so I thought that I had better write a little anyhow.
We have had some ____ among the rebs here lately. There was a pretty heavy bout, went on about 15 days ago and we captured 349 prisoners and as many horses and mules, besides killing and wounding a great many. We lost 2 killed and 1 wounded and 1 or 2 prisoners and scared the rest so badly that it is doubtful if they over get over it.
I believe that I have nothing more of importance to write at this time only that I ____ that we hill start out scout or escort before long. I want you to write often, for I cannot hear from you too often.
If the good Lord is willing I will be at home some time for my time is nearly half out. I don’t know whether we will remain here much longer or not.
Well I guess that I will have to bring my scribbling to a close if I expect that we will have to drill this evening, so no more time, but remain your affectionate husband until death.
So far until we meet again.

Transcribed 15 Dec 2002 by Carol S. VanValkenburgh

1864 May 02 from W S Phipps to Mrs. Flowers
Pine Bluff Ark. May the 2nd, 1864
Mrs. Flowers,
Under the present circumstances I consider it my duty to inform you so far as I know of yo ur husband G. A. Flowers, he left here about the 16th of last month with 11 others of Go. G and about 100 of the 7th and other soldiers from other Reg. to guard a train _____
_____ General Steed. He was at Camden at the time 80 miles south of this they got there safe and about half way back, they were attacked by an overwhelming force of Rebels. The train, all captured and about 900 men. Flowers I suppose is a prisoner _____ _____ he is not among the wounded. He was saw a few minutes before the fight ended. He was ________ then, I think that there is very little doubt but he is a prisoner. How soon he will be exchanged or paroled I am not able to say.
There is one other of the Co. missing the same as him, one wounded and one killed. 75 killed, wounded, not missing out of the Reg. The ambulances have gone down after the wounded.
If I hear anything more from him I will write again. I shall write this and direct to Ann M. Flowers, Louisville, Illinois, as I find that address on a piece of paper in his portfolio and suppose that it is his wife.
If there is anything that you would wish to know that this does not contain I would be happy at any time to inform you if I know.
General Steed’s Army is defeated and is falling back to Little Rock.
If you wish to write to me to make any farther enquiry direct to W. S. Phipps, Little Rock, Ark. Co. G. 7th ___ Missouri Volunteers.
W. S. Phipps
13 Jan 1987
Garrett A. Flowers
Native of Johnson County, Missouri
Go. G – 7th Cavalry Volunteer
1st Brigade, 2nd Division Army of the Frontiery, Union Army
Garret A. Flowers was a casualty of the Civil War. His wife, Ann M. Flowers came from Missouri to Illinois, was living near Wrights, Illinois at the time he was reported Missing In Action and later declared dead.

Garret A. Flowers was the father of John W. Flowers. John W. Flowers was the father of Ora Raffety Flowers. Ora Raffety Flowers was my mother. Therefore, Garrett A. Flowers was my Great Grand Father.

Vera Raffety Harr, Carollton IL

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