Letter written by George W. Pearl, private in the 117th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company C and F, to his father, mother, and sister of Clinton, New York, from Camp Daggett, October 23, 1862

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Letter written by George W. Pearl, private in the 117th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company C and F, from Camp Daggett, Maryland, on October 23, 1862 to his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. George A. Pearl, and his sister, Adaline C. Pearl, of Clinton, New York: a machine readable transcription


WASHINGTOND. C. (District of Columbia) (Washington, District of Columbia)
OCT [day and year unclear]

[written in margins: Oct 23/62]

Mr George A. Pearl (Pearl, George A.)
Oneida Co.
N. Y. (New York)
(Clinton, New York) (Oneida County, New York)

PAGE IMAGECamp Dagett (Camp Daggett, Maryland) Oct 23d/62
Dear Father (Pearl, George A.) Mother (Pearl, George A. (Mrs., Marcia C.)) (Pearl, Marcia C. (Mrs. George A. Pearl)) & sister (Pearl, Adaline C.)

Good morning, it is a fine morning
here and we have got our quarters
Comfortable for winter. For our tent
we bought two hundred feet of pine
boards for four dollars we made a
pen that looks like the pig
pen there at home, put our
tent on top which makes
quite a house; bought a sheet
iron stove & spider at
Georgetown (Georgetown, District of Columbia) for two dollars &
a quarter, which makes it
quite comfortable. My health
is good. havnt (haven't) been troubled
with the Summer complaint
since I wrote last. There is
a report in camp that an
Officer will be here in a
few days to enlist for the

regular army for three or five
years I dont know for certain
which The inducements are
seventy-five Dollars bounty the
rest due us three months pay
from the time we enlisted
and thirty days furlough
at the time we enlist for
the Regulars and forty days
furloug (furlough) during the year.
I thought I write and see
what you thought about it
quite a number of the boys
say they are going into the
Regular Cavalry. And I think
if we have too (to) stay here
three years it would be
the best place. some are
going in the Navy (United States Navy) though
I know nothing of the
inducements only by camp report
One of the 5th Oneida (5th Regiment, Oneida County, New York) boys
were here day before yesterday
( James Paggan (Paggan, James) ) he said he didnt know
me at first my hair being
cut off short and my face
so thin. I havnt (haven't) much news
to write had a light frost
here last night the first
I have noticed. write soon,
Give my love to all and
keep a good share yourselvs (yourselves)

From your son, to all. G W Pearl (Pearl, George W.)
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