Letter written by George W. Pearl, private in the 117th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company C and F, his father, mother and all there of Clinton, New York, from Camp Alexander, September 21, 1862

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Letter written by George W. Pearl, private in the 117th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company C and F, his parents, George A. and Marcia C. Pearl, of Clinton, New York, from Camp Alexander, Virginia, September 21, 1862: a machine readable transcription

PAGE IMAGECamp Alexander (Camp Alexander, near Newport News, Virginia) Sept. 21st 62
Dear Father (Pearl, George A.) and Mother (Pearl, George A. (Mrs., Marcia C.)) (Pearl, Marcia C. (Mrs. George A. Pearl)) and all there,

received your kind letter Thursday
night was very glad to hear from
you again and that all were well.
I received a letter from Aunt Maud (Maud (Aunt))
Wednesday she was well and that
Aunt Roxa (Roxa (Aunt)) was quite comfortable.
I have just come off from general
inspection we have one evry (every) Sunday
morning by the Colonel and Staff
It is quite pleasant here to day (today) the
sun shines and there is quite a cool
breeze, I have not had to chop nor
go on guard since Wednesday for
that night we received four field
pieces six [... gap ...] rifle guns and
myself with eight others were detailed
to drill on one of them all I have to
do now is to drill three hours in
a day. I have not got those shoes

yet do you know whether Mr Croens (Croens (Mr.))
directed them right or not I
think I ought to have got them before
now. Father (Pearl, George A.) I would like to have you
send me ten dollars in your next
letter I am clear out and so is most
evry (every) boy in the company they have
done with theirs the same I have
with spent it for peaches pies and
cakes for we cant get potatoes less than
two dollars a bushel cheese is twenty cts a
pound butter 30 cts a lb and evry thing (everything)
else in proportion. There is one
thing I forgot to speak of in my other
letters when we took the Ferry boat
from the Jersey shore (Jersey Shore, New Jersey) to Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
there was a soldier who was in the
seven days fight before Richmond (Richmond, Virginia)
he had his left leg shot off just
above the knee his right arm broke
and a musket ball through his
forehead into his brain which was
there then he said he could feel it
roll round in his head once in a
while his leg and arm was nearly
well the hole where the ball went
was a bleeding then he lived in
Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and was just going home
he was walking around on crutches talking with the
boys. I told you I had sold my boots to
John Ernst (Ernst, John) but I have got to wait till he
gets his months pay before he can pay
me. I was mistaken in what I told you
about that fellows gambling it was
another fellow by the same name
( Johnson (Johnson) ) in company D (Company D). I dont know
but you think I have been gambling
but I have had nothing to do with him
and the Capt and Lieutenant say the
first man they see gamblin (gambling) they will
put in the guard house. They have
called Co G (Company G) fall in for dinner I have
seen James Maxted (Maxted, James) he has been
here he belongs to the [900th] Scotts cavalry (900th Scott's Cavalry)
he was at the last
battle at Bulls Run (Bull Run, Virginia) he came
to Washington (Washington, District of Columbia) and enlisted he
is third duty. Sergent (Sergeant) is one of the
provost gurd (guard) at Long Bridge (Long Bridge, Virginia) .
We have three meetings a week
now prayr (prayer) meeting Thursday night
preaching at three Oclock Sunday
afternoon and Prayrmeeting (prayer meeting) in the
evening the Chaplin (chaplain) is Rev.
J. T. Crippin (Crippen, John T. (Reverend)) Methodist Minister
from Utica (Utica, New York) he is a smart man
They have very good meetings
There are a good many members in
the Regt. but only one in our company
that I know of his name is Ireland (Ireland)
from [Knox] Corners (Knox Corners, New York) . I can think
of no more news now give my
love to all. Write as soon as you
get this,

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