Letter written by Dwight W. Stannard, private in the 97th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment from Fort Corcoran to his wife on March 9, 1862

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Letter written by Dwight W. Stannard, private in the 97th New York Infantry Regiment from Fort Corcoran, Alexandria County [near Washington D.C.], Virginia, on March 9, 1862, to his wife, Alma Stannard of Booneville, Oneida County, New York, #cw02400

Fort Corcoran (Fort Corcoran, Virginia) March 9
Dear wife (Stannard, Dwight W. (Mrs., Alma C. Simmons)) (Stannard, Alma C. (Mrs. Dwight W. Stannard)) (Simmons, Alma C. (Mrs. Dwight W. Stannard))

I thout (thought) I woud (would)
rite (write) to you a gane (again) to let
you no (know) that I am well and
and hope you and the
boy is the same we
had nues (news) that the
burside (Burnside, Ambrose Everett, General) fleet (Burnside Fleet) had taking
ritchmun (Richmond) (Richmond, Virginia) by the telegrft (telegraph)
this noon they fierd (fired)
fifty guns in washington (Washington, District of Columbia)
I rote (wrote) to you that the
iland (island) number ten was
taken but that was
disputid (disputed) but it so and
they say that they
took six thousand
prisnders (prisoners) and there is
a nother (another)  plase (place) that thay (they)
have taken but I do not

PAGE IMAGE know what the name
of it is thay (they) say
that thay (they) have taken
three of the rebels
jenrals (generals)  thay (they) say that
they had the hadist (hardest)
fit (fight) that thay (they) ever
new (knew) I dont know how
menny (many)  their (there) was lost
on ether (either) side thay (they) say
that thay (they) did not loose (lose)
a man at ileand (island)
number ten fore (for) the
reson (reason) that the other
night we had a dreadfull
torm (storm) on the river and
fourty (forty) of our men and
a lieutant (lieutenant) went and
spiked the cannon so
that our folks had
nothing to do but to march
right up and take it
PAGE IMAGE but this news may
be contidicted (contradicted) but I
hope not but you
wood (would)  hop (hope) to see the
spot that we have to
sleep in this wheter (weather)
it snows and rains
hear (here) and has for two
days and we have not
any fier (fire) in our tent
but it is plesent (pleasant) when
it is plesent (pleasant) but it
is Dam (damn) cold hear (here) now
but their (there) is four of
us in the tent and
we lay clost (close)  to gether (together)
so that we keep prity (pretty)
warm I do not think
of eny (any)  mor (more) to right (write)
now but I will
right (write) to a gane (again) when
I hear more a bout it
PAGE IMAGE I dont now (know) as you
can read this but
I want you to try
hard to read it
and I want you to
right (write) as often as I
do and be [some?] shure (sure)
of it

From your
most affecttionate (affectionate)
husband so good
by D. W. Stannard (Stannard, Dwight W.)
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