Letter written by Henry Welch, corporal in the 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K, to his uncle and aunt from Nashville, Tennessee, December 18, 1864

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Letter written by Henry Welch, corporal in the 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K, from Nashville, Tennessee, December 18, 1864, to his uncle and aunt, Franklin and Polly Tanner of South Granville, New York: a machine readable transcription

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NASHVILLETEN (Tennessee)Nashville, Tennessee
DEC 18 64

Mr Franklin Tanner (Tanner, Franklin)
South Granville
Washington Co
N.Y. (New York) (South Granville, New York) (Washington County, New York)


PAGE IMAGENashville  Tennessee (Nashville, Tennessee)
December 18th 1864Dear Uncle (Tanner, Franklin) and Aunt (Tanner, Franklin (Mrs., Polly C.)) (Tanner, Polly C. (Mrs. Franklin Tanner))

I seat myself this
morning to write you a letter thinking perhaps
that I may get an answer from this one
I wrote to you about a month since
but have not received a letter from you
yet, but perhaps either your's or mine
have been miscarried so I will try my
luck again

This leaves me in the
best of health and I hope it may find
you both in good health too. I have left the
hospital and am now detailed as a clerk in
the medical department I have got a very
good place and having pretty easy times,
my business is to write a part of the time
and a part of the time I act as Orderly
which is to carry order's dispatche's and other
documents to diferent (different) place's. I have got a
horse and ride him when I like,


PAGE IMAGE I do not have to take care of him
he is in a stable with other horse's and
some darkie's take care of them all.

I am pretty busy here through the day
but the evening's I have to myself but I
spend them mostly here in the office
I can not tell how long I shall stay here
perhap (perhaps) a month perhap's all winter and
may be until my time is out
There has been some hard fighting
done by our army in the past three
days and ended by our force's having
gained a [... gap ...] cided victory over the rebel's,
Hood (Hood, John Bell (General)) is now retreating as fast as he
posibly (possibly) can, our army is after him
and picking up prisoner's by the hundred's
the rebel army is very badly demoralized
and a great many Tennessee (Tennessee) rebels are leaving
their army and are a going home entirely disheartned (disheartened)
and disgusted with the confederacy.
Our force's have lost a good many men, but
I don't think our losses is as large as it generaly (generally)
is in such heavy battles. Last night I was at
the hospital and spent the night among


PAGE IMAGE our sick wounded and dying soldier's it makes
me sad as I sit here writing to look back and
think of them, there was quite a number died
during the night. I will write a few words about
one that I took particular notice of, he was shot
through the bowel's and mortaly (mortally) wounded he was
a young married man and as his mind wandered
he would talk to his wife thinking she was beside
his bed he would tell her how he had thought
of her and how glad he was to see her once more
more, about 1'o clock he died, oh the agony of that
poor soldier, as he was carried to the dead house
I could not help thinking of the sorrow of his
young wife when she hear's the terible (terrible) news, shurely (surely)
this war is terible (terrible). but she can never know
what her husband suffered no pen can discribe (describe)
no words can express the suffering that he
endured, but he is gone no more hard marches
or hard fought battles will he have to go through
he has fallen a sacrifice to his country and his
death with thousand's of other's will these
murdering traitor's have to answer for, it is
sunday today, but it seem's very little like
sunday here, wish I knew how this day was
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but I can partly imagine of course the
weather is cold and you are sitting there
by the stove and a good fire, wish I was
there to visit with you this evening, we
would have a good old fashioned chat
Uncle Franklin (Tanner, Franklin) has that thumb of your's that
you stuck a rail in got well yet if it has not
I recomend (reccomend) an aplication (application) of vitrol & vinegar
"if it dont do any good it wont do any hurt"
that's what you used to say you know so try it.
Aunt Polly (Tanner, Franklin (Mrs., Polly C.)) (Tanner, Polly C. (Mrs. Franklin Tanner)) when you write please put in a word
about Isaac (Isaac) , where he is and how he gets along
please do write me a long letter for you know
a letter is the next thing to a visit and you
know I alway's was a great hand for long
visits, when you answer this let me know
whether you received the other letter that
I wrote or not accept my kindest regards
and answer soon

From Your affectionate
Nephew Henry Welch (Welch, Henry) P.S.

direct to
Nashville  Tennessee (Nashville, Tennessee)

To Uncle Franklin (Tanner, Franklin) & Aunt Polly Tanner (Tanner, Franklin (Mrs., Polly C.)) (Tanner, Polly C. (Mrs. Franklin Tanner))

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