Letter written by George W. Pearl, private in the 117th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company C and F, to his father and mother of Clinton, New York, from Camp Daggett, October 19, 1862

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Letter written by George W. Pearl, private in the 117th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company C and F, to his father and mother of Clinton, New York, from Camp Daggett, October 19, 1862: a machine readable transcription

PAGE IMAGECamp Daggett (Camp Daggett) Oct 19th/62
Dear Father & Mother.

I recd your
kind letter last night. It does the
Soldier boys good to hear from home
and friends. I am much better
than I was when I last wrote.
I was on patroll (patrol) guard yesterday and have
just returned from a tramp to
Chain Bridge,. It is the second
time I have been on duty in four
weeks. when I wrote to you the 5th
I was better but going on guard made
me worse. But I guess it wont hurt
me this time all the guarding
I had to do yesterday was to guard
the prisoners and I could lie or sit
down just as I pleased. Mother when
I had milk I scalded put salt & [pepper]
in it but no flower (flour) as I could get
none but it made no difference with


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me. I have got an overcoat but no
blanket I expect to get two tomorrow
wollen (woolen) & Rubber both. The 5th Oneida
is about six miles from here at
Camp Seward, Fort Albany. I would
like to go & see them but im
afraid I cant get a pass. quite a
number of the boys have been here
but none that I was acquainted
with. There is a camp report that
they will have to go to Harpers Ferry
in a few days. but it may be
true & may not. Father a box sent
as freight will not cost near as
much I understand a (as) by express,
and I would like verry (very) much to
have some apples; they are five
dollars a [bbl] at Washington,
I recd those gaiters
last Thursday night the reason
why I didnt get them bfore (before) was
because the (they) were at Georgetown
I recd a letter from John Booth
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last week he said he had, had the
Sumr. complt (summer complaint) for the last two
months and didnt expect to get
better untill (until) his time was out
and that is next Springe (spring). I send a
letter from him to Emma Slicer
and a song that he sent me
Adda may give Em the letter and
put the song in my desk.
Easterbrook a fellow that worked for
Charles Kellogg two years ago last
Summer was wounded in the battle
at Antietam in the leg and had to
have it amtuated (amputated) and died from the
affects (effects). I received a letter from
Aunt & Uncle Craw last week Aunt is
gaining and the rest are well except
Aunt Janett Aunt Roxa said she
( Aunt Janett) would be home in two or three
weeks. If you send a box put the
butter in Oyster [can] sealed tight
John Wicks has sent for a ten
gallon casque of boiled cider apple
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Sauce I dont know but you will think
we have moved by my [hading] Camp Daggett (Camp Daggett)
but we have not we have
named it after our Major
No more at present Write
soon give my love to all

To G A Pearl
From your son G W Pearl
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