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 near Fort Ripley, January 14, 1863

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Letter written by George W. Pearl, corporal in the 117th New York State Volunteers Regiment, on January 14, 1863, to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George A. Pearl, of New Hebron, New York

PAGE IMAGE2d Bat 117th Regt (117th Regiment, New York) (117th Regiment, New York, 2nd Battalion)  Col Com White (White, Alvin (Colonel))
Camp near Fort Ripley (Fort Ripley, Maryland) Jan 14th/63
Dear Father (Pearl, George A.) & Mother (Pearl, George A. (Mrs., Marcia C.)) (Pearl, Marcia C. (Mrs. George A. Pearl))

I recd
your kind letter Monday
eve, and was glad to hear that
you and the rest of the folks
were in usual health.
I have just returned from
Fort Baker (Fort Baker) . I went yesterday
morning. found Niles (Niles) & Dick (Dick)
well, and in comfortable quarters
They dig over there and building
a Fort. They have two relieves
one for the morning and one
for afternoon. and have to go
three miles to their work
Ten a day are detailed out of a company
to chop. The Col (White, Alvin (Colonel)) gives them a
[stent] each man is to chop a cord
a day. And those that are in
camp have to drill in Infantry

four hours a/day, instead of
Artillery nine hours a day. But
guard two Bridges. You wanted
to know in your letter before
this last if we had any prayer
meetings now. We do not
as the Chaplain is at the
Headquarters at Fort Baker (Fort Baker)
I saw a Lieut from the 5th Oneida (5th Regiment, Oneida)
over there and he said
all they could muster was
300 men. 60 had died since they
had been to Fredricksburg (Fredericksburg) (Fredericksburg, Virginia) and
a good many had desseted (deserted)
He had been sick and had
resigned. We expect to get
two months and 13 days pay
tomorrow. There is a report that
we are going to move to Fort Baker (Fort Baker)
this week. I hope we will
for guard duty and work
is lighter when the Regt is
together. I dont think of any
more news this time
Give my love to all
enquiring friends and
save a good share for
yourselves Write soon

From your Son

G W. Pearl (Pearl, George W.)
To G. A. & M. C. Pearl (Pearl, George A.) (Pearl, George A. (Mrs., Marcia C.)) (Pearl, Marcia C. (Mrs. George A. Pearl))
P S Dr Millington (Millington (Doctor))
sends his best
G W Pearl (Pearl, George W.)
upon the [... gap ...]
Grandma sends lots of [... gap ...] she says she
wishes you could step in and have some dinner
and Grandpa would give you lots of apples.
I think, and so does the rest of our folks, that
Government ought to furnish you with another
coat and blanket, I should think you would
catch cold and be sick all of the time.
John Goodfellow (Goodfellow, John) was home on a furlough stayed
over Sunday and went back yesterday afternoon
he came and bid me 'good bye.' He has got his
bugle but not his appointment yet, he says that
the Colonel has appointed no one yet, and he
is the only one that wants that office, so I think
he will get it. He does not expect to come back
again before they leave Rome (Rome, New York) . It is getting dark
so I must close give my respects to all inquiring
friends and a lot of love for yourself.
P.S. We send you 25 stamps. We are willing to pay for all the letters
you write to us but we dont like to pay for everyone's (everyone)else (else's).
[... gap ...] Addie (Pearl, Adaline C.) .
since I wrote this letter
I have recd yours of the 9th
very glad to hear from you
again and to hear that you
were well. I recd one from
Aunt Janett (Janett (Aunt)) at the same
time. This is all the paper
I have at present
but can buy some any
time. What were the
express charges from
Utica (Utica, New York) too (to)  Albany (Albany, New York)

Yours G W Pearl (Pearl, George W.)
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