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 near Fort Ripley, December 29, 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 near Fort Ripley, December 29, 1862, to his father and mother, George A. and Marcia C. Pearl, of Clinton, New York: a machine readable transcription


WASHINGTON (Washington, District of Columbia)
DEC 30

[written in margins: Dec 29/62]

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

Headquarters 117th Reg't, N. Y. S. Vols (117th Regiment, New York).
Col. Wm. R. Pease (Pease, William R. (Colonel)) , Act'g Brig. Gen.

Camp near Fort Ripley (Fort Ripley, Maryland) Dec 29th 1862
Dear Father & Mother

I recd
your ever welcome and kind
letter of the 25th to night (tonight)
I have been at work to day (today)
on a battery. (We the five companies)
have got a good deal of work to
do here this winter. It has been
quite warm her (here)to day (today) we worked
with our blouses off it was so warm
I sit upon my bunk writing
this with my knee fo (for) a desk
but my pen is in my light
the most of time and bothers
me in writing but will try
to write so that you can read
it my old woman Belly Davies (Davies, Billy)
and the Dr. old man

F Simons (Simons, F. (Dr.)) is writing at the
same time. My bunk is made
of boards which, with our blankets
for a tick makes a very good
Soldiers bed. There were a couple
of ladies here from Utica (Utica, New York) last
Saturday with lots of pies
nutcakes sausage and biscuits
and distributed them amongst
the boys. Tell Grandpa I
would like very well to be there
and get a taste of his Christmas
present. You need not feel
worried about my being transfered (transferred)
my pay is all the same as
my enlistment papers are in
the companies Capt that I
belong to. And as to my
drumming, the fife major
to do with me [... gap ...] only the
drummer they had was taken
sick and was taken to the
Hospital at Washington (Washington, District of Columbia)
I thought I might stand
a chance of getting it as I would
have no guard duty to do nor
have to work unless I was [a] mind
to. So I spoke to the Fife major
and said they wanted one and
I might go out with them &
practice which I did I
seemed to suit him for he said
he would like to have me keep
it, and told me to speak to
Lieut Hunt (Hunt, William J. (Lieutenant)) (as he is
acting Capt for Capt Steves (Steves, Seth J. (Captain))
is sick and gone home on a
furlough) which I did and
he said he was willing.
I had the drum till we
moved then I had to give it
up as it has to be at
Headquarters and they are
at Fort Baker (Fort Baker) with the
promis (promise) of it again when
the Regt were together
Direct the same.
Mother (Pearl, George A. (Mrs., Marcia C.)) (Pearl, Marcia C. (Mrs. George A. Pearl)) I thank you for
your kind wishes. My health
is very good and glad to hear
you are the same I have
plenty of stockings at present
as Aunt Roxa (Roxa (Aunt)) sent me a pair
in the box Old woman
Simons (Simons (Mrs.)) wants me to say
that the apples wasnt
injured as bad when they
got here as they were after
they had been here a few
days. And Dr says he is
very much obliged to you
for sending me that butter
He had a box sent from
home and I had a share in
his and we (the boys in the tent)
use each others things just as
we would our own. Dr sends
his best respects. And so do
the other boys. I recd two
papers with the letter to night (tonight).
Give my respects to
Mrs Mary. G (G., Mary (Mrs.)) . and to all
other enquirers. Please send
me three or four [Jillott]
pens in the next paper
or letter. No more at
present. Give my love to
all enquiring friends and
save a good share for yourselvs (yourselves)
Write soon

From your son G. W. Pearl (Pearl, George W.) to
G A & M C Pearl (Pearl, George A.) (Pearl, George A. (Mrs., Marcia C.)) (Pearl, Marcia C. (Mrs. George A. Pearl))
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