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 Hammond Hospital, May 27, 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 Hammond Hospital, May 27, 1864, to his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. George A. Pearl of Clinton, New York: a machine readable transcription

PAGE IMAGEUS Hammond Hospital (United States Hammond Hospital)
May 27th/64
Dear Father & Mother.

I recd
Fathers letter of the 22d this morning
I tell you I was right glad to
get it too. The money was also
very acceptable. My health is
much better I am still at work
in the dinning (dining) room where I
can get victuals and cook as I
please. We set tables for about
600 patients and 20 reb prisioners (prisoners)
that have been wounded and are
in the Hospital. There are
eleven besides me that work in the dining
room two that wash the dishes
two to scour the knives and forks
besides eight or ten that work
in the kitchen. Those in with

me have to clear off and set
the tables wipe the plates bowls
knives and forks. I have to be
here by five in the morning
work until half past seven
again at eleven work until
half past one again at half
past four until half past
six. Mornings we generaly (generally)
have [bred] coffe (coffee) hash. For dinner and
supper have changes of diet
sometimes for dinner we have
boled (boiled) pork potatoes bread & bean
soup sometimes fresh beef potatoes
boiled bread & beef soup & bread
pudding. For supper we have
a change sometimes bread & molasses
or else mush & molasses or bread
& butter or bread & applesauce
or else bread & cheese. For supper
& breakfast we always have coffee but not
for dinner. I suppose I have
a chance to spend the remainder
of my term of service here
if I have a mind too (to). As
I was detailed here by Dr Heger (Heger (Dr.))
the U S (United States of America) Medical Director of
this post. Here I can always
have plenty to eat and always
know where I am ggoing (going) to
sleep when night comes, as I
have a good bed and a good house
to sleep in. Besides having good
medical attendance if sick
There are four from our Regt here
wounded three from Co K (Company K). one
from Co I (Company I). Father what do you
think of my staying here.
To be sure I loose (lose) the chance of
promotion. As I understood
Capt Clark (Clark (Captain)) was going to promote
me as next permanent
Corporal. But what are stripes
to plenty to eat and drink and
always know where you are
going to sleep when night comes
and more sure of getting out of
the service with a whole body, if
any I like the idea very well.
Please give me your opinion
in your next Please dont say
much about to the public as
I may not stay after all. When
you write let me know whether
you got the box I expressed from
Elmira (Elmira, New York) or not and whether you
have got my overcoat and jacket
or not Your lette (letter) came near
being sent to the Regt if one
of the boys from our ward had
not been at the office and heard
it called it would have gone to day (today)
Therefore add to the directions
Ward 12 (Ward 12) then I will be sure to
get it No more at present
My love to all. Write soon

From your affct 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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