Letter written by Henry Welch, corporal in the 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K, to his uncle and aunt from Louden Valley, Virginia, November 9, 1862

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Letter written by Henry Welch, corporal in the 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K, from Louden Valley, Virginia, on November 9, 1862, to his uncle and aunt, Franklin and Polly Tanner of South Granville, New York: a machine readable transcription


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Franklin Tanner Esq (Tanner, Franklin)
South Granville
New York (South Granville, New York) (Washington County, New York)

PAGE IMAGE Louden (Loudoun)  Valley, Verginia (Virginia) (Loudoun Valley, Virginia)
Nov 9 1862.. Dear Uncle (Tanner, Franklin) and Aunt (Tanner, Franklin (Mrs., Polly C.)) (Tanner, Polly C. (Mrs. Franklin Tanner)) ..

It is evening
and I'm going to pass away the
evening answering your gladly
received letter I am in my tent
and its the fourth night that
I have spent in a tent in 12 nights
but notwithstanding that I am well
and getting along as well as can be
expected I hope that you are getting
along as well and I rather think you be
I am afraid that you cant read this
I am writing on my knee and I can hardly
see the lines and of course you
will not expect me to write very
well but I will do as well as I can
to begin with I will say that if
this war was over nothing would
suit me better than to lay my

PAGE IMAGE wearied body on your lounge
and sleep about a week. but I have
not seen hard enough times yet
to make me want to leave the
boys and the old stars and stripes
and return home no I would not
act scuch (such) a cowardly part as that
I want to see our good old flag
floating all over every state in
this once prospers (prosperous) union but I am
all most (almost) afraid that will never
be for there is most to (too) much
speculation in this war but we
will do our duty let the rsult (result) be
as it may but I must close for
tonight for I was on guard
last night and I been on
picket most all the time for
two weeks and I cant hold
my eyse (eyes) open any longer so
good night. Good morning Uncle
Franklin (Tanner, Franklin) and Aunt Polley (Tanner, Franklin (Mrs., Polly C.)) (Tanner, Polly C. (Mrs. Franklin Tanner)) its a
PAGE IMAGE pleasant morning and I feel
much better after having a good sleep
and now I will tell you what I have
been doing for a few days back we
have been on picket most all the
time and marching the rest we marchd (marched)
out within a mile of the rebels and
stayed there on picked three or four
days and then marched back a peice (piece)
we have had a snow storm down here
the folks here say it was very early
in th season for it to snow our
company was on picket when it
commenced snowing it commenced
in the morning and snowed all
day I and Horace (Horace) were on a post
together we had to stay till eight
o'clock at night we were rleived (relieved) then
and we went back to camp there was
not a tent up in our camp any except
a few that did not go on picket they
had theirs put up our tents come
PAGE IMAGE while we were out on picket but
they did not put them up
so when we come in the snow
was about four inches deep we
had our tents but nothing to put
them up with well I took a stick
and scraped the snow one side
then we broke off some pine
boughs and spread them out and
sprad (spread) our tents down and
then we lay down on them with
our blankets over us and soon
we were sleeping soundly for
we had not had hardly
any sleep in three nights it was
cold sleeping though and when
we woke up in the morning
it was some time before we
could get up we were so stiff
and could (cold) we had eat the last
of our rations at noon the day
before and we could not get
any thing to eat we had to
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get ready and we marched about
ten miles the snow melted and
it was the mudest (muddiest) walking that I ever
see but we padled (paddled) through and
stoped (stopped) just dark there was not a
dry foot in the regiment well it
was our luck to have to guard
the camp that night every man
in our company was on guard
that night. I dont know how long
we shall stay here most likely
we shall march in a few days.
And now I want to say that if
there is any young men up there
that think they are used a little
hard at home and are getting
tired of home and think its fun
to be a soldier. I want you to advise
them for me to enlist and try
soldiering for awhile (a while) I think when
PAGE IMAGE they have been throug (through) what
we have for the last two months
that they will know how to
appreciate a home then and
will say to them selves that they
were not used so hard after all
I have not heard much war news
lately I received your paper
and I think it uses the deserters
about right I suppose they are
about drafting up there I
want you to write and let me
know who is drafted. I wish I
could pick out the ones to draft
I think I could suit all I could
myself at anyrate (any rate). Well Uncle
Franklin (Tanner, Franklin) I am terible (terrible) glad you
have got chief for I think that he is
just such a horse as you want
and he is a good one to (too) I want
you to take down a haim
strap and strap him a few
PAGE IMAGE times just for me tell him to
stand round there pretty
lively I would like to see
how : Kate looks now I s'pose
she is as fat as ever and
as slick as a mink well she
knows the shortest road to
Whtehall (Whitehall) (Whitehall, New York) whether she ever
goes that way again or not
but if you hapen (happen) to be
going to Witehall (Whitehall) (Whitehall, New York) I want you
should try that way its so
much the shortest road but
our company are going out
picketing and I must get
ready write soon give my love
to our folks and save a
potion (portion) for your selves so
Good bye

From Henry (Welch, Henry)
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