Letter written by Henry Welch, corporal in the 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K, to his mother from Nashville, Tennessee, January 19, 1864

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Letter written by Henry Welch, corporal in the 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K, to his mother, Phebe Welch, from Nashville, Tennessee, January 19, 1864: a machine readable transcription

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Mrs Phebe Welch (Welch, Luther (Mrs., Phebe)) (Welch, Phebe (Mrs. Luther Welch))
North Hebron
Washington County
NY (New York) (North Hebron, Washington County, New York)


PAGE IMAGE Nashville  Tennessee (Nashville, Tennessee)
Jan. 19th 1864 My Dear Mother (Welch, Luther (Mrs., Phebe)) (Welch, Phebe (Mrs. Luther Welch))

I received your letter
some two or three day's ago but have
been pretty busy since and when not
busy I have not felt like writing
but I will not neglect answering it any
longer, and will write to you this
morning, I fear that I cannot write
anything that will hardly be worth
reading. I am getting along firstrate
here in Nashville (Nashville, Tennessee) and enjoying myself
tolerable well, my time is spent mostly
in the office, when I have nothing
to do I pass off the time reading
we have a large liberary (library) in the office
and its just the thing that suits me
the weather has been warm and
pleasant for several days, and it
seem's more like summer than
winter, yesterday I went over to Edgefield (Edgefield, Tennessee)
myself and two others crossed the cumberland 
river (Cumberland River) in a skiff as it was a beautiful
day we had a splendid time, I like to
get away from the noise of the city


PAGE IMAGE once in awhile (a while), it seems like getting home
almost to get out in the country where
everything is so still and quiet, city
life would never do for me not at all,
I would prefer some solitary hunters
hut in the wood's to a life in any city
that I have ever been in, yesterday the
new's of the capture of fort fisher (Fort Fisher, North Carolina)
reached here, salutes were fired from
the diferent (different) ports and it sounded much
like a battle here, as our forces have
taken fort fisher (Fort Fisher, North Carolina) the fate of Wilmington (Wilmington, North Carolina)
will soon be decided, I think it will
soon be our's, this war must soon
close the end of it is rapidly approaching
and then we will all be coming home
the happiest set of fellow's to be found,
I do not know the reason that I do not
get a letter from Susan (Susan) you must
please excuse this miserable writing
and the many mistakes as I have not
time to write more I must close I
have written this in a great hurry
my regards to all and let me hear
from you soon. I remain

your affectionate Son Henry Welch (Welch, Henry)
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