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 Camp on Gloister Point [Glouster Point], Virginia, April 29, 1864

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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, Mr. and Mrs. George A. Pearl, of Clinton, New York, from Camp on Gloucester Point, Virginia, April 29, 1864: a machine readable transcription


OLD POINT COMFORTVA (Virginia) (Old Point Comfort, Virginia)
MAY 1 [no year]

[written in margins: Apr 29/64]

Mr. George. A. Pearl (Pearl, George A.)
Oneida. Co.
N.Y. (New York) (Clinton, New York) (Oneida County, New York)

[written in margins: I send a
letter with this I wish
to have put
with the rest
of my letters
G. W. Pearl (Pearl, George W.) ]

Camp on [Gloister Point]
V A (Virginia) (Gloucester Point, Virginia)   Apr 29th/64Dear Father & Mother

have got to our Regt. I arrived
here night before last. Found
the the boys in excellent health
and spirrits (spirits) never saw them looking
better. I left Camp Grant (Camp Grant, Virginia) Sunday
affternoon (afternoon) for Alexandria (Alexandria, Virginia) left
there on Transport Wyoming.
All the Regts from the
Department of the South (Department of the South) are here. There are
here now about 75 or 80000 troups
I persume (presume) we shall stand a
chance to see some tall fighting
this Summer. As they contemplate
on taking Richmond (Richmond, Virginia) . But there
isnt much prospect of my getting
in a [muss] with the Johney Rebs
as I have been detailed just

where I have been wanting to
be that is in our Brigade
brass band. I persume (presume) I shall
have a horn the same key that
I had when at home. Barritone (baritone).
I saw Geo Bradley (Bradley, George) yesterday
He wanted to know what you
thought by his not sending the
money he owed you, and I
told him. He said he had
written to you about it once
had sent money to his wife
and told her to pay you. But
one of their children were
taken sick and had taken all
the money to pay the Dr bill
I tell you the boys did have
a hard time for the first
two months on Folly Island (Folly Island, South Carolina)
living on nothing but wormy hard tack
and fat pork. Our Lieut said
197 were exempted by the
Dr nearly evry (every) day in the
time. And those that were
able to do duty were on
evry (every) other day. regular. And
they had a detail of picket
of 100 that were out on duty from
ten days to two weeks on a strech (stretch)
That I may thank my stars
fo (for) getting on the detail I did
and I think I do. What there
is left of the Regt are as
tough and rugged as bears
and I think will be able to
stand most any fatigues
of marching or duty. I have lost
(or has been lost) evry (every) thing I
left at the Regt I had when I left
Knapsack and evry (every) thing that
was in it overcoat dress coat
blouse blanket Photographs and
all. But I guess I can get pay
for them. Sherm Hewett (Hewett, Sherman) is in
camp. The report of his [stealing]
clothing and being court martialed
and sentenced to wear a ball
and chain for three years without
pay is all false He was
under arrest a few days for
getting [tight] . He is Orderly Sergt
in the 16th H. (16th H.) [and] expects a
commission before long
Charley Strong (Strong, Charley) was here yesterday
He is in the 115th N Y Vol (115th Regiment, New York) He
looks well has grown taller than
I am Their Regt is in our Department
Dick Felin (Felin, Dick)   Ed Twitchel (Twitchel, Ed) and
Johnathan Warner (Warner, Johnathan) are well
No more at present my love
to all. Direct to me to
Washington [D.C. ] (District of Columbia) (Washington, District of Columbia)   117th N Y Vol (117th Regiment, New York) Co F (Company F)
Care of Col A White (White, Alvin (Colonel))
Our Regt is in the
first Brigade third Division tenth Army Corps (1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 10th Army)
Col Alfred (Alfred (Colonel)) act Brig Gen. When
you write please send me $1.00
worth of postage stamps. Write soon

To G. A. & M. C. Pearl (Pearl, George A.) (Pearl, George A. (Mrs., Marcia C.)) (Pearl, Marcia C. (Mrs. George A. Pearl))
From your son G W Pearl (Pearl, George W.) P S

You may send me some
money as it is not likely we shall
get payed in four months

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