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 Morris, December 21, 1862

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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 Morris, Viginia, on December 21, 1862, to his father and mother, George A. and Marcia C. Pearl, of Clinton, New York: a machine readable transcription

PAGE IMAGECamp Morris (Camp Morris, Maryland) Dec 21st/62
Dear Father (Pearl, George A.) & Mother (Pearl, George A. (Mrs., Marcia C.))

As I had not recd a
letter from you the past week
nor the week before last or last
weeks [Courier] I thought I write
and see what the matter was.
I recd my barrel las (last) Friday noon
I wondered why I did not get it
before. last Wednesday I recd a
letter from the agent at the
Southern express office (Southern Express Office) stating
there was a [bbl] for me, charges
1.64 and would like to have me
send for it as soon as convenient
The reason I did not get it
before was, our express dont
go as far down (as it is at the
lower end of the City) unless sent
there. The office that our express
goes to is Adams express Office (Adams respress Office)

on 24th street. But
I have got it the apples
had been froze and bruised some
the rest of the things were all
sound. I have plenty to eat
with Uncle Craw (Craw (Uncle)) s box and that
barrel. Tell Grandma I am
VERY much obliged to her
for the sausage and dried apples
We (my tent chumbs (chums)) cook the
sausage and fry the onions in
spider over our stove, which is
a mess pan full of coals
I have been promoted again
to Regimental bass drummer
I was appointed by the fife
Majaor (Major). I have stoped (stopped) writing
a few minutes to cook & eat
my dinner I fried some
sausage then fried some onions
in the sausage gravy bread &
butter nut cakes & cookies. That
nightcap is just the thing
it is rather small but I can
rip it and put a string in it
There has three men from the
Regt started for York state (New York) to
recruit for the Regt. Sergt
Bancroft (Bancroft (Sergeant)) (the one that lived in
Clinton (Clinton, New York) ) from Co. C (Company C) . the orderly
Sergt from Co. H (Company H) . & Lieut PeasePease, William R. (Lieutenant)
from Co. B (Company B) . the Regt can
muster only about eight hundred
men now. A good many
have been discharged some [dersed] &
quite a number have died. One
died last Friday night of the
Typhoid fever The boys in the
have each subscribed 75 cts to have
him embalmed and sent home
The report is that we are going to
move this week, but that has
been the report for the last two
weeks so we dont pay much
attention to it we are going to
Fort Meigs (Fort Meigs, Ohio) I expect
The weather is very cold &
frosty nights warm & pleasant
days My boots fit me first
rate I never had a pair that
pleased me better. How does
Ward Sherman (Sherman, Ward) prosper
give him my best respects
No more at present.
Give my love to all
enquiring friends and
keep a good share for
yourselves From your

G W Pearl (Pearl, George W.) To Father (Pearl, George A.) & Mother (Pearl, George A. (Mrs., Marcia C.))

Please Save all my letters to you
and if I ever come home I can refer to
them and copy them in my journal
Dr Millington (Millington (Doctor)) has just recd a large
Clinton (Clinton, New York) Nov 19th/62
box of medicine and eatables
Good night yours
G W Pearl ( Pearl, George W.)
Dear Son [... gap ...]
weather of this season of the year
and fatigue and may be hunger
You will need to be very careful of
yourself. But this is not all. I feel
a great anxiety for your Spiritual

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