Letter written by J. H. Lyon (157th New York state Volunteer Regiment) from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to his parents on July 18, 1863

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Letter written by J.H. Lyon (157th New York State Volunteer Regiment) from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to his parents on July 18, 1863: a machine readable transcription

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PAGE IMAGE                                                                                                              1863
Gettysburg  Pennsylvania (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) July, 18th .

                    Dear Parents (Lyon (Mr.)) (Lyon (Mrs.))

it is
with much satisfaction to me
that I have the opportunity of writing
to you, to let you know that
I am well, except my wound
which is doing well, and I hope
these few lines will find you all
enjoying the best of the heavens
blessings. I am at the same
place that I was when I wrote
you before and expect to stay
here till I get so that I can
walk two and one half miles
to the town where I should
take the cars for Baltimore (Baltimore, Maryland) ,
but how long that will be
I cant tell. I am in no great
hurry to go for I have good care

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PAGE IMAGE and good fare and am contented
where ever I may be and
for that reason I might as well
be here as at Baltimore (Baltimore, Maryland) . The
doctor that is here with us is a
good one and that is more than
they can say at every hospital,
and I am heartily glad of one
thing that is that I am not at
the Corps hospital, which is about
half a mile from here some of
of the men are obliged to lie on
the ground and their care
is such that their wounds are
filled with magots (maggots).
              I must tell you who
came to see me the other
day, I was lying in my bed
thinking of the past and I heard
one of the nurses at the top
of the stairs say that man is
in that room, and all at once
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PAGE IMAGE and at my great surprise
who whould I see but Mr
Gillinghart (Gillinghart (Mr.)) stepping into my
room. He seized me by the
hand, and says how do you do
I heard you were badly wounded
dont you think I was glad to
see him, I enquired of the folks
at home, and he said that he
had seen you a short time
previous to his leaving home
and that you were well.
He gave me a pair of
shirts and some pickles
and dried currants and
some paper and envelopes,
and now says he write to me
and to Miss Bennette (Bennette (Miss.)) ,
of course he had to have a
little fun some way. he
asked me if I had money
suficient (sufficient) and I told him
I had, and he says if you
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PAGE IMAGE yet but write once I will
send you some. he made
me a short visit and started
for home. I have not much
news to write, only that old  Lee (Lee "Old")
has got back across the river
just as I expected he would.
there are some of our Generals
that had better dig a hole and go
into it and take the hole in
after them. I pity P. H. (H., P.) that he has
got to travel in the Va (Virginia) (Virginia) mud for
a spell. I would like to hear
from you just as soon as you
get this for it has been a long
long while since I have heard
from you, but I told you not
to write.


send me a paper that
has the account of the battle in it.
I have hard that George Miner (Miner, George) &
Lorenzo Shufett (Shufett, Lorenzo) were wounded,
Direct to Co C. 157 regt. (157th Regiment, New York, Company C)
eleventh Corps HospitalEleventh Corps Hospital, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Near Gettysburg
Pennsylvania (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) . In care of Dr Brown (Brown (Dr.)) ,
I shall expect to hear fro you soon.


write all the news how the fourth passed
off, and what you are doing. I send my love
to all. Good-bye for this time

J. H. Lyon (Lyon, J.H.)
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