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 Elmira, September 22, 1863

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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 father and mother of Clinton, New York, from Elmira, September 22, 1863: a machine readable transcription

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PAGE IMAGE                              Elmira (Elmira, New York) Sept 22d/63

                    Dear Father & Mother

          I recd your kind letter
this morning. And as I
expect to go to New York (New York, New York)
again this afternoon I would
answer it before I went. It is
quite cold here this morning
It was so cold last night
it was with difficulty that
I could keep warm enough to
sleep. I have been to N. York (New York) (New York, New York)
since I last wrote. I started
last Thursday night and got
back Sunday morning. I got
my pay when I was there
I had to pay $15.00 that I
borrowed and lent $3.00 and [$19.00]
left. It has cost me considerable
to go to N. York (New York) (New York, New York) and is likely
to cost me more as I am likely


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to be detailed to go evry (every) few
days. The last time we went
we did not lose but one man
and that was after we got
to Castle GardenN.Y (New York) (Castle Garden, New York, New York) .
waiting for transportation
to [Rikers] Island (Rikers Island, New York, New York) . The wind
blew and the dust flew so
that the fellow took advantage
of it and skedaddled.
And I have not got any more
money than I would like to
keep. I know you will think
I am spending a great deal of
money and so I am. Some of
our boys have spent all their
pay. I expect to come back
day after tomorrow from N. York (New York) (New York, New York)
I would like to have seen John (John)
first rate. How did he seem to
feel about Mary (Mary) s death. Too bad
he couldnt have seen her before
she died. No more at present
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I dont know as you can hardly
read this as it is so cold I
can hardly write. I send a
letter with this that Mother can put
away with the rest.
      Give my love to all and save
a good share for yourselves


          From your son
                               G W Pearl (Pearl, George W.)
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