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 Distribution, April 8, 1864

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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 Distribution (near Alexandria, Virginia) on April 8, 1864, to his parents, George A. and Marcia C. Pearl of Clinton, New York: a machine readable transcription

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ALEXANDRIAVA (Virginia) (Alexandria, Virginia)
APR 9? '64

[written in margins: Apr 8/64]

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


PAGE IMAGECamp Distribution (Camp Distribution, near Alexandria, Virginia) Apr 8/64 Dear Father (Pearl, George A.) & Mother (Pearl, George A. (Mrs., Marcia C.)) (Pearl, Marcia C. (Mrs. George A. Pearl))

You
can perceive by the heading
that I have got in camp
though I hope not a permanent
one. I left Elmira (Elmira, New York) Tuesday [4.50]
P.M. and arrived at Washington (Washington, District of Columbia)
Wednesday 5. P.M. We reported
to Gen Casey (Casey, Silas (General)) yesterday. He
ordered us to report to this camp
(Convalescent Camp) Two miles
from AlexandriaV.A (Virginia) (Alexandria, Virginia) . and four
miles from Washington (Washington, District of Columbia)
All the Detatchments (detachments) from our
Department are ordered to
report here. And all the
re-enlisted Regts of our department
Our Lieutenants are of the
opinion that our Regt are to be
ordered here and that we are


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going into the army of the PotomacArmy of the Potomac
But I hope not in
all concience (conscience) -- excuse me from
the army of the Potomac (Army of the Potomac) We
have nothing to do here now
but to eat sleep and keep clean
I hope we shant have to stay
here a great while. I had a
great deal rather have been
sent on to the Regt than to
stop in the Barracks as the
Soldiers here from the front are
lousey (lousy) as fury you can see
them in most evry (every) bunk
skirmishing on the seams of
their shirts and pants for them
which isnt very agrable (agreeable) company
The weather is warm and pleasant
It/seem (seems) quite natural to get
down in old Virginia (Virginia) and hear
the boom of the cannons at the
different Forts. They are firing
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at a target with 30 lb guns
from Fort Richardson (Fort Richardson, Virginia) .
No more at present My love to
all Excuse this short letter I
try and do better next time
Direct to me to Camp Distribution
near Alexandria
V.A (Virginia) (Camp Distribution, near Alexandria, Virginia) . and [Wo] of Regt

To G A & M C Pearl (Pearl, George A.) (Pearl, George A. (Mrs., Marcia C.)) (Pearl, Marcia C. (Mrs. George A. Pearl))

From your Son G W Pearl (Pearl, George W.)
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