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 U.S. Hospital, Point Lookout, Maryland, June 8, 1864

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Letter written by George W. Pearl, private in the 117th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company C and F, from U.S. Hospital, Point Lookout, Maryland, June 8, 1864, to his parents, George A. and Marsha C. Pearl, of Clinton, New York: a machine readable transcription

PAGE IMAGEU S Hospital Point LookoutM.d. (Maryland) (Point Lookout, Maryland)
June 8th/64 Dear Father & Mother

I recd a
letter from you this morning directed to the
Regt. written May 22d I have just
finished setting the table for supper
(just two clock P.M.) I thought I
would see what I could do towards
answering it. I havent much news
to write as there isnt enough going
on to create an excitement. There were
[630] Reb prisioners (prisoners) came here last night
from Butlers Department (Butler's Department) making
between 20 & 25000 that are here now
Amongst them they found a woman
dressed in mens cloths (clothes) holding the
rank as Sergt of a Battery of artillery
They put her in a guard house
by herself. She is a smart prety (pretty)
looking woman and made as very


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good looking Soldier. I have moved
from Ward 12 to Ward H. with other
men that are detailed here. I moved
here last Monday. My health is
very good with the exception of a
hard cold which I cant get rid of
as soon as it gets a little better I
catch more. The changes of weather
are so sudden. Some days it is very
warm then quite cool. I cant say
give you any information concerning
vegetation here as there is none here that
I know of. There are patches of clover
and the clover is in blossom. There were
fine looking fields of wheat up along
JamesĀ  River (James River (Virginia)) . There was one at City Point (City Point, Virginia)
where the Regt landed of about
75 or 100 acres. They turned in about
2000 head of U Sams cattle to feed
on it. I recd three papers with
Addie (Pearl, Adaline C.) s letter. Addie (Pearl, Adaline C.) said you
thought I had better stay here as
long as I could. I dont know but
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I will stay until the campaign
is over, and if they then go into camp
I shall return to the Regt. This is too
much like what is called dead beating
it besides it is very dull here. If
I hadnt something to do to pass
part of the time away I dont know
what I should do. But I aint alone
in the dead/beating line. There are some
here that have been here from a
year to year & a half. There are
four that came here after the
Battle Getysburgh (Gettysburg) (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) from the 146th (146th Regiment)
One of them works in the dining room
He/washes the bowls. But none from Co G (Company G) .
No more at present My love to
all and a good share for yourselves
Write soon and accept this from

Your Son Geo W Pearl (Pearl, George W.) To G A & M C Pearl (Pearl, George A.) (Pearl, George A. (Mrs., Marcia C.)) (Pearl, Marcia C. (Mrs. George A. Pearl))
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