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 Headquarters on Julian Creek, June 4, 1863
Headquarters on Julian Creek (Julian Creek, Virginia) .
Dear Father (Pearl, George A.) & Mother (Pearl, George A. (Mrs., Marcia C.)) (Pearl, Marcia C. (Mrs. George A. Pearl))
I recd your ever kind letter
of the 29th yesterday, while on
guard at the Col's quarters.
It is warm and pleasant here
this morning. It rained here
night before last & yesterday
the first rain we have had in
a month. Col Pease (Pease, William R. (Colonel)) is acting
Brig Gen over the 103d 89th N.Y (103rd Regiment, New York) (89th Regiment, New York) .
and has been over the 25th N. Jersey (25th Regiment, New Jersey) /But the 25th (25th Regiment)
were nine months men and
started for home this morning.
Pity the 117th (117th Regiment, New York) wasnt going too--
only two years and two months
longer to stay. We are still at
work on the fortifications we
have to work 8 1/2 hours a day now
How does that niggar (nigger) Regt
prosper they were getting up
in Utica (Utica, New York) & has Hank Howard (Howard, Hank)
enlisted as he said he would?
I dont know as I have told that
I had recd that package of writing
paper & envelopes you sent me
I got it before we left the camp
in the pine woods on Cahoun Point (Calhoun Point, Virginia) .
Mother you say you want
to know how I get along &c.
I get along very well. I have plenty
to eat as long as I have money
But if we depend on U. Sam
to feed us we dont always have
plenty. And what we do have
we have it so much as I said in
Addie (Pearl, Adaline C.) s letter we get sick of it
My mending and washing I
get along with very well.
my washing I get the nigger
women to do at five cts a piece
and my mending I get a
talior (tailor) in Co. I (Company I) . to do, that is,
such as mending pants coat &c
My stockings I mend myself.
I like Soldering (soldiering) very well as
long as my health continues good
and am very well contented with
the exception of being away
from home & friends. If I was
sure of the privelege (privilege) of seeing
them even twice a year I
would be much better satisfied
I am glad to hear that Mary G (G., Mary) .
is recovering her health
Give her my best respects and
tell her I am well. I have not
kept an accurat (accurate) account of
the money I have had from
home. I think you have sent
me about $20.00 in money besides
butter potatoes &c, which I think
must amount to 5. or six dollars
so there is more due to you
than I have sent home
Mother may send in her
account in your next if
she pleases, as I should like
to know how we stand
No more at present
Give my love to all enquiring
friends and save a good share
for yourselves. I send a letter
with this to be put in
my desk with the rest
From your Son
G. W. Pearl (Pearl, George W.)