Letter written by Henry Welch, corporal in the 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K, to his uncle and aunt from Camp near Staffords C.H., Virginia, February 23, 1863

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Letter written by Henry Welch, corporal in the 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K, from Camp near Stafford Courthouse, Virginia, on February 23, 1863, to his uncle and aunt, Franklin and Polly Tanner of South Granville, New York: a machine readable transcription


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Mr Franklin Tanner (Tanner, Franklin)
South Granville
Washington Co
NY (New York) (South Granville, New York) (Washington County, New York)

PAGE IMAGECamp..near..Staffords..C..H (Courthouse)..Va (Virginia) (Stafford Courthouse, Virginia) ..
Feb...23..1863.. Dear Uncle (Tanner, Franklin) ..and Aunt (Tanner, Franklin (Mrs., Polly C.)) (Tanner, Polly C. (Mrs. Franklin Tanner)) ..

..Once more
I seat myself to pen a few lines
to you in answer to those that
I received from you last evening.
I am still enjoying good health!
and by your letter I see that
you are all in usual health away
up there in old Washington
County (Washington County, New York) : We have been having quite
a snow storm down here the snow is
now about one foot deep the
weather is quite warm and
it will soon go off and then
in all probability we shall have
a trifle of Verginia (Virginia) (Virginia) mud
to paddle around in which
I assure you is not at all
pleasant, at least I have not

PAGE IMAGE found much pleasure in it yet
I suppose that you have fine
sleighing up there now days
and I hope that you are
improveing (improving) your time while it
lasts I think that I should
if I was up there. but I s'pose
we have got a little fighting
to do before us fellows get
back to our homes again!
and I am most afraid that
there is many of us that
will never see our native
Towns again. for I tell you
there has got to be an awful
battle fought before we take
Fredericksburg (Fredericksburg, Virginia) the rebels have
got their cannon placed on the
hights (heights) overlooking the city as
far as you can see and we have got to march against
then where its about as steep
as Lysanders  hill (Lysanders Hill) we are
PAGE IMAGE a going to have our hands full
to drive them out of their
entrenchments but I am
confident that we can do it
and I for one am ready and
willing to help do it or try it
at anyrate (any rate) and the sooner the
better! it may seem hard to
you up there to have us
go into battle but I tell you
honestly and candidly that
I have no dreat (dread) of it at all
I am heartily sick of this laying
around and doing nothing and
now I am for going ahead and
doing what we are a going to do
so that some of us that are
lucky enough to live through
it can return to their friends
again! I am ready to go just where
they want I should go and do
just all the fighting that I
can and I hope to have a chance
PAGE IMAGE to make more than one
accursed traitor feel the
effects of my bullets and
should it be my lot
to fall on the battle
field or die by some
fatal desease (disease) it is my
prayer that I may be
permitted to meet my
friends all in heaven
where all strife and trouble
is at an end, and it is my
prayer that through the
influence of an all wise
God that this rebellion may
soon be put down and
peace once more restored
in this once happy and
peacefull (peaceful) nation and this
government restored over
all that was once a united
States (United States of America) and a united people.
PAGE IMAGEWell as I did not have room
to write all I wanted to on
the other sheet I thought
that I might as well finish
my letter while I was
about it and so you see that
I have commenced a second sheet
Well Uncle Franklin (Tanner, Franklin) how dous (does)
your horses and cattle look
this winter? I think that I can
tell pretty near! methinks
that they are as fat as ever
I wish I had as good a place
to sleep tonight as your
horses have got, I would
like to be up there and drive
chief for you a few times
I think he would be
sensible that I had been
down in Dixie (Dixie) a soldiering
for I should make hin (him) scud
PAGE IMAGE by the way what has spot been
up to this winter has he
killed any game has he been
hiunting (hunting) with Isaac (Isaac) any? do
you remember the time that
we went hunting with him last
spring on the crust and how
we guessed what time it was
and then run away acrossed (across)
your 17 acre lot to see who had
guessed the nearest I believe
that I was a little to (too) much for
you at guessing on the time of
day! I would like to guess now
with you about what time
this war will close. the next
letter you write you tell
me what time you think it will
close and then I will tell when
I think it will. I think that
I can beat you for you know
that I always did beat you
at guessing1 I d'ont (don't) hardly know
you mean about the canaul
folks! but you had better
keep rather quiet about them
or it will be just like me
to say something about that
big sugar heart you used to
have around and kept so
carefully. let me see who was it
that said exchange is no
robbery about the time
that you got that big sugar
heart! that was poor for you Uncle
franklin (Tanner, Franklin)
but this is about nonsense
enough for this time! and as
I do not think of anything more
to write I will bring my letter
to a close! give my respects to all
enquireing (enquiring) friends and my
disgust and disdain to my
enimies (enemies) if I have any up there
and I think I have in the
man that is so carefull (careful)
to thank you for anything
PAGE IMAGE that you pass him while
he is eating you doubtless
know who I mean! I am
most afraid that you will
think that I am treasureing (treasuring)
up wrath against the day
of wrath. but I will tell you
one thing that is I will be a
friend to a friend as long as
this world lasts. but I seldom
forgive one who wrongs me
intentionly (intentionally) and I never forget it
and the one that I alude (allude) to has
intended to wrong me I think
I may be mistakened (mistaken) I think
not though. but I will close
please write as soon as you
get this and write me along (a long)
letter for I do like to read
long letters give my love
to our folks and save a part
for your selves from Your

Henry (Welch, Henry)
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