Letter written by Dwight W. Stannard, private in the 97th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment from Fairfax Seminary Hospital to his wife on October 18, 1862

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Letter written by Dwight W. Stannard, private in the 97th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment from Fairfax Seminary Hospital, Virginia, on October 18, 1862, to his wife, Alma C. Stannard, of Forestport, New York: a machine readable transcription

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PAGE IMAGE              Fairfax Seminary Hospital
                                                  Oct the 18 1862
                    Dear wife (Stannard, Dwight W. (Mrs., Alma C. Simmons)) (Stannard, Alma C. (Mrs. Dwight W. Stannard)) (Simmons, Alma C. (Mrs. Dwight W. Stannard))

I recived (received) your kind letter the other
day with much plesure (pleasure) and was glad
to hear that you are all well as
for my part I am well and happy
for Charles (Stannard, Charles) came hear (here) last night and
stayd (stayed) with me till this after
noon he is well and likes the
plase (place)  verry (very) much the first night
that he came hear (here) he had to lay
on his arms for we expected the
rebels in that night but they did not
com (come) they lay we in camp with in
three miles of me and I shall go
and see them to morrow if the
lord spars (spares) my life till that time
I expect to have a good time with
them Charles (Stannard, Charles) and I am a goan (going) to
have our likeness take to gether

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PAGE IMAGE and I shall keep it tell Charleis (Stannard, Charles)
woman to right (write) to me and I will
answer it with the grates (greatest)  plesure (pleasure) in
the world tell Ette (Ette) that I will
right (write) to hear (her) to morrow after
I com (come) back from seeing Charles (Stannard, Charles)
and the rest of the boys Charles (Stannard, Charles)
says that I must right (write) to his
woman but I dont no (know) whether it
will answer or not for I never saw
hear (her) in my life as I no (know) of if it
was his first wife you can bet
I would right (write) to hear (her) first I saw
marrys (Stannard, Mary E.) likeness that Charles (Stannard, Charles) had
with him it looks verry (very) well but
I think my prudie (Prudie) s likeness looks
the best but I mite (might) not think so
if I should see the orrignals (originals)  boath (both)
to gether (together) you must wait with
all the pacient (patience) in the world for
monney (money) for I think you will get a
quit (quite) a pile when it comes
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PAGE IMAGE I think they wont pay us
off till next month then they
will pay us for four monts (months)
and I will send you party of
it and you must look out for
winter with it for it may be
four or five monts (months)  befour (before)
you get enney (any) more I want you
should get your self and bub
som (some) things and get back that fat
hog this is all I can think of
this time right (write) as soon as
you get this this from your

yours truly
                     Dwight W Stannard (Stannard, Dwight W.)

Charles (Stannard, Charles) gave me 17 postage
stamps so I can right (write) now
I sent you a six bladed nife (knife)
by bordal that come down hear (here)
with Charles (Stannard, Charles) rigmint (regiment) I dont give
it to you I lend it to you for a short

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