Letter written by [unknown] from Camp New Jerusalem Fort Marcy to his brother on December 7, 1862

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Letter written by [unknown] from Camp New Jerusalem Fort Marcey to his brother on December 7, 1862: a machine readable transcription

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Camp New Jerusalem (Camp New Jerusalem, Virginia)
Fort Marcey (Fort Marcy, Virginia)
Dec 7th 1862 Dear Brother

Thinking perhaps
you would like again to hear
from me and as I have plenty
of time I will write a few lines
Since I last wrote we have moved
our quarters and are now on
the Sacred Soil of Virginia near
the Bank of the Potomac (Potomac River) and
about Six miles from the City of
Washington (Washington, District of Columbia) . we have been verry (very)
buisy (busy) since we have been here
in fixing comfortable quarters
for winter. we live in what
are called wedge tents stockaded
with logs or boards about four
feet high and eight feet squair (square)
with the tent on top for a
roof. There are three of us in
our tent we have bunks put up
steam boat style for sleeping we

PAGE IMAGE are not troubled much with
feathers or straw but have plenty
of blanketts (blankets) we have a small
sheet [room?] stove and at present
manage to keep very comfortable
we are having some pretty cold
weather here now, there is about
three inches of snow on the
ground and a good prospect
for more, our duties are not
verry (very) heavy, we are at present
guarding chain bridge and the
Fort. Company B (Company B) of our regiment
are stationed here with us our
company furnish about twenty
men per day for guard duty
we have plenty of drill when
the weather permits but soldering (soldiering)
at the best is not varry (very) laborious
business. We are supported by
the 152nd New York Regiment (152nd Regiment, New York)
Bingham (Bingham) of Naples (Naples, New York) is Captain
of one of the companies they
at present are doing fatigue
and picket duty
PAGE IMAGEthe 126th Regiment (126th Regiment, New York) were camped
about seven miles from us
this week Fayett Green (Green, Fayett) , Let Nelson (Nelson, Let) ,
Harry Runyan (Runyan, Harry) and
two or three more [canandagine?]
boys were here to see me
they dont seem to be much
pleased with soldering (soldiering) they
cant see where the laugh
comes in Harry Runyan (Runyan, Harry) says
he would rather make [Bbles?] for
nothing and be at home than to
work at soldering (soldiering) for $13 pr month
and I think he is sensible
if I was not in the boat myself
and know what I now do, you
can bet your boots I would not
be a soldier especially in the cause
in which we are now engaged
this war is too much tinctured
with abolitionism to suit me
and about three quarters of
the army are of the same opinion
I think the sooner it is settled
the better it will be for the country
PAGE IMAGE I think there has allready (already) been
lives enough sacraficed (sacrificed) in
behalf of the d--n nigger
and money enough expended
to buy them all and pay their
transportation to the regions
of Hell or anny (any) other
place where the climate
would be as suittable (suitable)
I dont think we shall have
much more fighting this
winter Burnside (Burnside, Ambrose Everett (General)) s may have a
little skirmishing. the roads will
soon be bad and then the
army will have to lay up
untill spring at which time
I hope the thing will be settled
and the poor deluded soldiers
what are left of them can
return to their homes.
our living as a general thing
is not the best in the world
and a few extra's such as butter
and dried fruit would be verry (very)
acceptable if you will send me
a small box of the above named
articles I will try and repay you
if I have to do it in thanks

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