Letter written by Dwight W. Stannard, private in the 97th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment from Camp near Bell Plains landing to his wife on April 1, 1863

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Letter written by Dwight W. Stannard, private in the 97th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment from Camp near Bell Plain Landing, Virginia, on April 1, 1863, to his wife, Alma C. Stannard (Alma C. Simmons): a machine readable transcription

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PAGE IMAGE          Camp Near Bells Plains LandingBell Plain, Virginia
                                              April th 1 1863
              Dear Wife (Stannard, Dwight W. (Mrs., Alma C. Simmons)) (Stannard, Alma C. (Mrs. Dwight W. Stannard))

I recived (received) your kind letter night
befour (before) last and was glad to hear
from you and glad to hear that
you are all well I am so as to
be a round and eat my ration
without much troubel (trouble) you can
tell mother (Stannard, Sarah (Mrs. Calvin W.B. Stannard)) (Stannard, Calvin W.B. (Mrs., Sarah)) that I am not sorrey (sorry)
that I came to the regt yet I
think my fare is better then
it was in the hospital and
I think my helth (health) is far better
I dont no (know) how I will stan (stand) it
when we camp to march I dont
intend to take no such marches as
I have if I can help it we are
haveing (having) the best of times hear (here)
now it is the wirst (worst) of
wether (weather)  hear (here) now it seames (seems)

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PAGE IMAGE like simmer (summer)  hear (here) now I wish
you was hear (here)to see the
difrence (difference) in the weather we
play ball every day and have
all the fun (funn) that you can
think of but it wont be so
[nise time?] by I think but
we must make the best of it
we can you did not seam (seem) to
like the last letter that I rote (wrote) to
you it was the best I could
do fore (for) you and if their (there) was
enny (any) thing in their (there) that was
not so I am sorrey (sorry) that I have
offended you but I dont see how
I can help it now if you
will fergive (forgive) me this time I will
trie (try) and not do so enney (any) more
their (there) has been hell plaid (played) with
the mail so I have lost some
of my letters their (there) was one of
our boys that fetch the mail
from head quarters to the
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PAGE IMAGE regt and he has torn
up lots of letters the
cornal (colonel) sent me a peace (piece)
of a letter that father (Stannard, Calvin W.B.) rote (wrote)
to me you want to no (know) if
I would send you some
monney (money) as soon as I get my
pay you shall have some I
suppose you are in need of
some but you must not
that I cant get it till they
get readdy (ready) to give it to me
it [aint? caint?] hear (here) as it is their (there)
if the man that you are to
work for dont pay you you
quit and get a nother (another)  plase (place)
but hear (here) you have got to
take it if you are ever so
sick but I think we shall
get our pay befour (before)  the 15 of this month and if I get all
that is due me you will
get quite pile and you
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PAGE IMAGE shall have it as soon as
I can get it to you
after I get it and
that is the best I can
do for you tell mis
havey (Havey (Miss.))
that I should be very
happy to hear from hear (her)
and should be more happy
to come home and see you
all but their (there) is no use of
talking but I have hopes
of seeing you all some time
this is all for this time
this from your true
and beloved husband

                               Dwight Stannard (Stannard, Dwight W.)

I have no objection of
your goan (going) to ceep (keep) house
for Father (Stannard, Calvin W.B.) if you want
to but you did not
say so in your other
letter hear (here) is a nuff (enough)
to rite (write) back rite (write) as soon
as you get this

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