Letter written by George W. Pearl, private in the 117th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company C and F, to his mother of Clinton, New York, from Point Lookout, Maryland, March 30, 1865

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Letter written by George W. Pearl, private in the 117th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company C and F, from Point Lookout, Maryland, on March 30, 1865, to his mother, Mrs. George A. Pearl (Marcia C.) and sister, Adaline Pearl, of Clinton, New York: a machine readable transcription

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PAGE IMAGEPoint LookoutM.d (Maryland) (Point Lookout, Maryland)
March 30th/65

My Dear Mother (Pearl, George A. (Mrs., Marcia C.)) (Pearl, Marcia C. (Mrs. George A. Pearl)) ,

I
recd your missive with
the sad inteligence (intelligence) of
my Dear Fathers death
Oh! how my heart is
greived (grieved), Oh! what would I
have not given, to have
seen dear Fathers face once
more. And to think I
should be deprived of
such a privilege because
Dr Vansant (Vansant (Dr.)) did not deem
it prudent to grant me
a furlough. Oh! if I live
to serve my time, No
Dr Vansant (Vansant (Dr.)) , nor any other
Military Officer will never


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have the opportunity
of denieing (denying) me the privilege
of going when and where
I choose if I can help
it. I know dear Mother
that you did all in
your power to prolong
and save fathers life
On the receipt of the
Telegram I did my best
to get a furlough.
But could not get one.
I hardly know how to
advise you concerning the
farm as I do not know
much about the incumbrences (incumbrances).
Oh! dear, I hardly
know what to say I do
wish I was there.
But if the incumbrences (incumbrances)
are not heavy, I dont
know but that it would
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be adviseable (advisable) for you
to stay there, and hire
Henry Gridley (Gridley, Henry) to do what
necessary work he could.
And have Uncle Ralph (Pearl, Ralph)
hire a team to cultivate
Enough land for what
oats, corn and potatoes
you would want.
But you must judge
in part and give me
your opinion just as
you would wish.
Barney I would like if
possible to have kept
let Uncle Ralph (Pearl, Ralph) if he
will take him under
his care. But if is necessary
to defray incumbrences (incumbrances)
sell him as well as you
can. About the shop
at present I think
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Uncle Ralph (Pearl, Ralph) had better
take the whole responsibility
on his own hands
and hire a man to
help him in part on
the whole time just as
he sees fit charge
accordingly to me and
as soon as I get home I
will settle with him
and then if necessary
make different arraingements (arrangements).
But it is with the
shop-to me- as it is with
the farm and I shall
have to know more of the
relative circumstances
before I can give any
oppinion (opinion) or advice that
would be likely to be
agreeable to all concerned
Therefore let me know
in your next all relative
circumstances and tell
Uncle Ralph (Pearl, Ralph) to write
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How lonely and sad
it must be to you
dear Mother and Sister.
I can hardly be reconciled
Oh! dear I hardly know
what I shall do.
But I will close for
this time, hoping to
hear from you again
soon.
From your affectionate
Son and Brother

Geo W Pearl (Pearl, George W.)
My health is still
good much love to
all
Yours
Geo W Pearl (Pearl, George W.)


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After dinner 1/2 past 12
[P] .M.
Dr Vansant (Vansant (Dr.)) was
releived (relieved) this morning
by Dr Sutton (Sutton (Dr.)) of Alexandria (Alexandria, Virginia) .
Dr Sutton (Sutton (Dr.)) [is] now
Surgeon in charge
I mail with this three
papers to Addie (Pearl, Adaline C.) .
Yours affectionately
Geo W Pearl (Pearl, George W.)