Letter written by George W. Pearl, private in the 117th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company C and F, to his father, mother, and sister of Clinton, New York, from Camp Hungry, Maryland, November 13, 1862

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Letter written by George W. Pearl, private in the 117th New York Infantry Regiment, Company C and F, from Camp Hungry [near Parkton], Maryland, on November 13, 1862, to his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. George A. Pearl, and his sister Adeline of Clinton, Oneida County, New York, #cw04006

PAGE IMAGECamp Hungry Md (Maryland) (Camp Hungry, Maryland) . Nov 13/62
Dear Father (Pearl, George A.) , Mother (Pearl, Marcia C. (Mrs. George A. Pearl)) & Sister (Pearl, Adeline C.)

Perhaps you will
think this an (a) name for a camp
But we moved here last night
it is about a mile & a half
from cam (Camp)  Dagett (Daggett) (Camp Daggett, Maryland) and camp Seward (Camp Seward, Maryland) .
We came here yesterday
morning and cleared the ground
of pine underbrush which was
cut down. We came here to
be brigaded. I dont know how long
we will stay here perhaps ten days
or two weeks. We had too (to) leave
our comfortable winter quarters to
sleep on the ground again. we
had to march here in a rain as
usual but brought our stove
along which takes a good deal of

dampness off. I dont know where we
are going from here, some say we are
going up the River, some think we
are going to Texas (Texas) . It was a good
thing that I got that barrel as soon
as I did, I have eat all the apples
up and most of the potatoes &
onions & what we had left we
brought here in our haversacks
I have lived first rate on boiled
fried potatoes & onions. Another reason
why I headed this camp hungry (Camp Hungry, Maryland)
was because all we have had to eat
since night before last is a quarter
loaf of bread & four hard tacks or
crackers. They are firing shell from
Fort Pennsylvania (Fort Pennsylvania, District of Columbia) (Fort Reno, District of Columbia) . The first one they
fired fell short and struck in the
ground & put the fire out and
some of the boys went and dug it
out and brought it in camp it
is about 16 in long and 8 in diamiter (diameter)
This forenoon I went over to the
138th N.Y (138th Regiment, New York). and 29th N.J (29th Regiment, New Jersey). camp they are
nine months men they do nothing but
build forts and dig rifle pitts (pits).
We sold our pen for what the lumber
cost us $400. Over at camp Dagett (Daggett) (Camp Daggett, Maryland) ,
I dont think of any more news at
present Write soon. give my love
to all enquiring friends

To G. A. Pearl (Pearl, George A.) ,
From your Son & Brother G W Pearl (Pearl, George W.) PS

I dont know as you can
read this for it is so poorly
written but excuse it for I
have to write on my knapsack

and the knapsack on my

Yours G W Pearl (Pearl, George W.)

Nov 13/62

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