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, March 30, 1863

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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, Maryland, on March 30, 1863, to his parents, George A. and Marcia C. Pearl, of Clinton, New York: a machine readable transcription


WASHINGTOND. C. (District of Columbia) (Washington, District of Columbia)

[written in margins: March 30/63]

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

PAGE IMAGECamp near Fort Ripley (Fort Ripley, Maryland)
March 30th/63
Dear Father (Pearl, George A.) & Mother (Pearl, George A.) (Pearl, George A. (Mrs., Marcia C.)) (Pearl, Marcia C. (Mrs. George A. Pearl))

I have just recd your kind
letter of the 27th and two
others with it. One from
Aunt Roxa (Roxa (Aunt)) & one from
John Goodfellow (Goodfellow, John) . Aunt says that
all are usualy (usually) well at
Earlville (Earlville, New York) and that Uncle Crawe (Crawe (Uncle))
has rented his farm
to Jimmie (Jimmie) and has moved
down to the other house &
that she & Uncle live all
alone by themselves. John (John) does
not write much news. She
says they are under marching
orders and expect to move in
a fortnight and maybe in
a week. She says that the
Small pox is [raging] considerable
at Aquia Creek (Aquia Creek, Stafford County, Virginia)

and that about 300 of their
Regt have been vacinated (vaccinated). All the
Clinton (Clinton, New York) boys are well and in
good spirits. It is quite
pleasant here to day (today). The Cos
are out on Battallion drill.
I am not out with our Co
because I'm on guard. The
report of our not being mustered
into the U.S (United States of America) . service I think
started from what some of
our Regt., heard, from boys in
another Regt. It seems that
we were not mustered in as
they were. (The 5th Oneida (5th Regiment, New York (5th Oneida Regiment)) for
instance) there was a fellow
here week before last from the
[same] Co John. G (G., John) . is in he
had got his discharge and was
on his way home. She said
that according to our report
we were not mustered into
the U. S (United States of America) . service at all as
they were nor did we stop
at Albany (Albany, New York) and be mustered
which they did for a day & a
half. And why have they
taken all other Infantry
Regts from around Washington (Washington, District of Columbia)
and left the 117th (117th Regiment, New York) here. We
have had orders to move a
good many times but they
have always been countermanded
But then, when we were payed
off we were payed by a U.S (United States of America) .
Paymaster. ( Major Patten (Patton (Major)) )
But about our moveing (moving) to Staten Island (Staten Island, New York) ,
I dont know as there is
much in it, only a camp
report. I have stopped writing
a spell and now [commenced]
again. It is between one & two
in the morning. I am in the
Commissarys department
guarding, the bread pork &
sugar. It is raining quite hard
now, but I have the advantage of
the rest of the guard by being under
shelter. The old black cat I spoke
about in Addie (Pearl, Adaline C.) s letter has jumped
up into my lap and bothers me
sticking her nose into my face
& purring around. I dont think
of any more at present. We like
our new Capt very well so far
Give my love to Grandpa Gramma (Grandma)
Aunt Janette (Janette (Aunt)) & Uncle Ralph (Pearl, Ralph) s
folks Save a good share for
yourselves. and give my best
respects to all enquirers
Good night Writes (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)) P.S.

Tues 31st
The rain turned to snow
before morning the Snow is three
inches deep and is still snoing (snowing) quite
Yours G W Pearl (Pearl, George W.)

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