Letter written by Dwight W. Stannard, private in the 97th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment from Camp near Bell Plains to his wife on April 21, 1863

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Letter written by Dwight W. Stannard, private in the 97th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment from Camp near Bell Plain, Virginia on April 21, 1863 to his wife, Alma C. Stannard, of Forestport, New York: a machine readable transcription

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PAGE IMAGE           Camp Near Bell Plains (Belle Plain, Virginia)
                              April th 21 / 63
              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 night wile (while) on picet (picket)
and was glad to hear from
you and to hear that you
are all well as for my self
I am well we went out on
picet (picket) the other day for three
days we ware (were) in site (sight) of
the rebbels (rebels) camp we could hear
them drum as plane (plain) as day
we have got ever thing jacks
ready to start the orders come
hear (here) a few minits (minutes) a go that
we must have three days
ration cook and in our haver
sacks and be ready to start
at a minuats (minute's) warning I
think they are more scart (scared)


Part 2
PAGE IMAGE than heart (hurt) but I think we
shall move in a short time
now whare (where) I cant tell but I
think it will be a cross the
river a gane (again) I am sorrey (sorry) that
you put eny (any) thing in that
box fore (for) me for I think it
is doubtfull if we ever get
it but we may get it
some time I was realy (really) in
hopes we would get our pay
befour (before) we had to move but
I think it is doubtfull now
James belinger (Belinger, James) is hear (here) to
day he says that Charles (Stannard, Charles) has
got their pay most all of the
troops has got their pay I suppos (suppose)
you new (knew) that John (Stannard, John C.) had moved
he went four or five days a go
they started for fortress monrow (Monroe) (Fort Monroe, Hampton, Virginia)
but I think they will hafter (have to) go
farther than that if we cross
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PAGE IMAGE the river hear (here)  a gane (again) you will
hear of the awffullis (awfullest)  slanter (slander)
that has been in this ware (war)
be cause the rebbels (rebels) done got
it fortfide (fortified) the hole (whole) length of the
river and if we cross we have
got to march right up in front
of the breast works and if we
cross we will lick them or
we will suffer a grate (great) loss
for it is hooker (Hooker, Joseph (General))   stile (style) to fite (fight)
them as long as he has got
a man and we have got to take
it it aint the right ones that
get the bront (brunt) of it they stay back
and say sick then you are good
fellers (fellows) you must do as well
as you can till I get my pay
and then I will help you with
the grates (greatest) of plesure (pleasure) I dont want
you should let them boy ware (wear)
soues (shoes) till he fills his feet
Part 4
PAGE IMAGE this is all I cant think of
this time so I will close
by biding (bidding) you good by
this from your husband


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

this picure (picture) is for my boy
I want he should be brout (brought)
up to no (know) what such things
is and not be brout (brought) up in
the same way I was not to
no (know)  eny (any) thing a bout such
thing a kiss for the boy
yours truly
D W Stannard (Stannard, Dwight W.)

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