Letter written by George W. Pearl, private in the 117th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company C and F, to his mother and sister of Clinton, New York, from Point Lookout, Maryland, April 6, 1865

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Letter written by George W. Pearl, private in the 117th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company C and F, to his mother and sister of Clinton, New York, from Point Lookout, Maryland, April 6, 1865: a machine readable transcription

PAGE IMAGEPoint Lookout/ Md (Maryland) (Point Lookout, Maryland)
April 6th/65
Dear Mother (Pearl, George A. (Mrs., Marcia C.)) (Pearl, Marcia C. (Mrs. George A. Pearl)) & Sister (Pearl, Adaline C.) ,

I
recd a paper from you
this morning, containing
Dear Fathers Obituary.
It does'nt hardly seem
possible to me - that father
has gone, never more to
return and that I shall
never again see his face
never again hear his
voice. Oh! I do so much
wish I could have been
home to see him before
he died and to be there
now to comfort, you and help
arrange pecuniary matters.
and I hope as it is, they
may be agreeably arrainged (arranged)

[written in margins:
Half past 2 P.M. They are having an auction in
the rear of Wd. A. selling the affects (effects) of soldiers
that have died without being able to give
the names of their Residence and nearest relative
The proceeds realized from the sales are appropriated
to the benefit of sick and wounded
soldiers via the Sanitary Commission (Sanitary Commission)
I send a letter with this, that I wish to have
put away with the rest of my letters.
Yours affectioately (affectionately)
Geo. W. Pearl (Pearl, George W.) ]


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for the next four
months. And Mother, I
want you to have all
matters arrainged (arranged) to
your own and Addie (Pearl, Adaline C.) s,
comfort, without any
regard to me. If you
should wish any of my
advice, I will give it to
the best of my ability.
One request I will make,
that, if you still have
Fathers watch, I would
like to have it kept for
me. But for all other
necessary depositions, you
may dispose of, to suit
your own convenience.
The news here by telegraph
is very good.

Richmond (Richmond, Virginia) , Petersburg (Petersburg, Virginia) ,
Jef Davis (Davis, Jefferson) , Lee (Lee, Robert E. (General)) , are taken
and captured. Day before


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yesterday one hundred
guns salute were fired
on the taking of Richmond (Richmond, Virginia)
And yesterday morning,--
by a general order from
the War Department (United States War Department) ,--
a salute of one hundred
guns were fired from
Evry (every) Fort and Flotilla in
the United States (United States of America) , on the
capture of Lee (Lee, Robert E. (General)) and 37000
of his army. A dispatch
this morning, from Grant (Grant, Ulysses S. (General))
is, that the country is
full of Rebel straglers (stragglers),
the ground is strewn with
all kinds of munitions
of war, for the Rebels are
throwing away their
arms and Equipments (equipment) and
skedaddleing (skedaddling) for their
homes. And that he ( Grant (Grant, Ulysses S. (General)) )
is closely following them up
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and says he will drive
them as far as there is
any need of. And I think
from present appearances
this bloody contest is nearly
at an End, and I hope it
may soon be brought to a
close, and peace and prosperity
once more brood over our
land. Prisioners (Prisoners) are arriveing (arriving)
here by the thousands.
Within the past ten days,
between fifteen and twenty-five
thousand have arrived
here. Most of them are from
Lee (Lee, Robert E. (General)) General Lee's Army, a few hundred
were captured by Sherman (Sherman, William T. (General)) .
My health is usualy (usually) good,
and I hope this may find
yours the same. I send with
this a Photo of a young fellow
here,-- I will let you judge as
to the original. Mother I wish
you and Addie (Pearl, Adaline C.) would send me
your Photographs and also
Fathers if you have one. Those
that I had of Fathers and Addie (Pearl, Adaline C.) s
were lost with my knapsack
while I was at Elmira (Elmira, New York) They were
left in the Capts charge

From your affct Son & Brother Geo W Pearl (Pearl, George W.)

Much love to all. Write soon.

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