Letter written by J. T. Goodfellow to private George W. Pearl, a soldier in the New York 117th Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the American Civil War Camp near Beverly Ford, August 30, 1863

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Letter written by J. T. Goodfellow to private George W. Pearl, a soldier in the New York 117th Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the American Civil War Camp near Beverly's Ford, near Brandy Station, Virginia, August 30, 1863: a machine readable transcription

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Sends his best respects
and should be very glad to hear from you]
                              Camp near Beverly Ford (Beverly's Ford, Culpeper County, Virginia)
Aug. 30/63
Friend George (Pearl, George W.)

                              I take this opportunity to
write you a few lines in answer to
yours of July 20th I was glad to hear
that you were well, & that you were
lucky enough to be detailed as guard for
conscripts. I suppose that it is quite
a [gut] . You must have pretty good
times at home among the ladies. I
have not seen a young lady in a long
time. Well it is just as well for I
don't care anything about them now adays (nowadays)

      We have seen some pretty hard times
since you heard from me last. We
have made one of the most trying marches,
& fought one of the hardes (hardest) battles
of the war. The army of the Potomac (Army of the Potomac)
was pretty well played out when we


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reached Warrenton (Warrenton, Virginia) , since which we have
fared pretty fair. We now get soft bread
every other day. We have just received
news of the draft in the town of [Richland] (Richland, New York) .
I could almost wish that there
was no such a thing as the [$200] exemption
fee. for the sake of having such
men as Gus (Gus) . Jake (Jake) . Jne (John) . Beardsley (Beardsley) &
others of the same class. come down
here & shoulder the musket & chaw
"hard-tack" for a living like common
folks.


    I hear that your Regt. have been sent
down to Charleston (Charleston, South Carolina) , if so I think that
you will stand a chance of seeing some
fighting at last. Well! it wouldn't
sound well to go home without seeing
a good fight. We have seen & participated
in three of the hardest battles of the
war. besides the affair of Williamsport (Williamsport, Washington County, Maryland)
where we lost two men while on picket
one of which has since died his leg
was amputated a (at) the hip joint. The
maneuvering of our forces while closing


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up around the rebs was one of the most
magnificent sights that I have seen
since I have been in the army. also the
affair at Chester gap (Chester Gap, Virginia) was a grand & beautiful
sight. The Johnnys had to "git
up & git" just the best they knew
how. We are now camped on the
banks of Rappahannock (Rappahannock River, Virginia) in which we
can bath just when we please. Occasionly (Occasionally)
we can see some reb. pickets on
the other side of the river.


      Yesterday there was a millitary (military) execution
five men were executed for desertion
in the presence of the corps. It looked
hard to see five men brought up
and shot down in cold blood.


Our brigade have got 200 or 300 conscripts
from the D. C (District of Columbia) (District of Columbia) . to guard until the
regulars get back. They are a hard
looking set the most of them


      The news from our southern army
is very cheering, & the prospect for
the future is also about what we
could reasonably wish for.


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      I begin to think we get into
a war with France (France) or England (England) that
this war will come to an end before
an other (another) Summer comes around, at
least I hope so. & I think it is the
general oppinion (opinion) of our leading men
that this end is not far off. The
rebs themselves confiss (confess) as much
I have not been able to get a furlough
as yet, & I guess that that is not the
worst of it. I should like above all
things to see Mary (Mary) once more, but I
am afraid that I shall not have
that blessed pleasure accorded to
me. but I hope to meet her in that
upper & better world where we shall
meet to part no more. Wm Taylor (Taylor, William) , &
the rest of the Clinton (Clinton, New York) boys are all
well. Our Col. ( Col Garrard (Garrard, Kenner (Colonel)) ) has been promoted
to Brig. Gen. He commands our brigade
Lieut. Col. Jenkens (Jenkens (Lieutenant Colonel)) is Col. in his
stead. But I see that I must close for
this time as the sheet is most full
So no more at present from your
old friend & well wisher

J. T. Goodfellow (Goodfellow, J.T.) WashingtonD. C (District of Columbia) (Washington, District of Columbia) .

You must excuse me for not putting on a stamp. I sent for some some
time ago but have not recieved (received) any as yet.

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