Letter written by Henry Welch, corporal in the 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K, to his father from Nashville, Tennessee, March 20, 1865

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Letter written by Henry Welch, corporal in the 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K, to his father from Nashville, Tennessee, March 20, 1865: a machine readable transcription

PAGE IMAGENashvilleTenn. (Tennessee) (Nashville, Tennessee)
March 20th -65- Dear Father (Welch, Luther)

I will drop you a line this
morning hoping that it may find you
all well up there. I am well and trying
to pass the time off the best I can
I am busy nearly all the time
the more I have to do the faster
time passes, but it begins to hang
heavy. Eliot Burch (Burch, Eliot) is getting along
as usual, I am very very sorry to hear
of the death of the Merritt (Merritt) 's little boy
how sudden death comes, but such
is life and we should not murmer,
yet its hard to see one's friend's
laid low in the grave, I have seen
many of mine go there in the last
three year's, friends that were tried
in the firey ordeal of battle many
time's, but no more of this it makes
me feel bad to think of those
noble fellows now in their grave's.
I heard it remarked the other day
that a soldier who had passed through
battles and campaigne's had no feelings
[written in margins: open this with care
be careful
unfolding this letter
open with care
have just "strick ile"]


PAGE IMAGE such is not the case, but allow
me to say that the true soldier
never forgets a kindness or his friends
but his enemis (enemies) should beware for
with such an one trifling would not
do oh how I would like to see the
old regt. now and the boy's once
more, but I will change the
subject, as it is near the first of April
you may find use for a little
money you will find enclosed
in this letter a check for two
hundred and seventy five dollars
$275,00, I hope it may reach you
by the first of April, please write
to me immediately after you get
it so that I may whether it goe's
safe or not, if not I will get a
duplicate check for it, so dont fail
to let me know just as soon as
you receive this letter, in two weeks
I shall expect a letter in answer to
this one my regards to all please
excuse this scribbling for I have written
in a hurry

from your son Henry Welch (Welch, Henry)

direct as before
Lock Box no. 50
NashvilleTenn. (Tennessee) (Nashville, Tennessee)

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