Letter written by Henry Welch, corporal in the 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K, to his uncle and aunt from Bridgeport, Alabama, November 20, 1863

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Letter written by Henry Welch, corporal in the 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K, to his uncle and aunt from Bridgeport, Alabama, November 20, 1863: a machine readable transcription


NASHVILLETEN (Tennessee) (Nashville, Tennessee)
NOV 24 63

Mr. Franklin Tanner (Tanner, Franklin)
South Granville
Washington Co
N. Y. (New York)

PAGE IMAGEBridgeport
Alabama (Bridgeport, Alabama)
Nov. 20th 1863 Dear Uncle (Tanner, Franklin) and Aunt (Tanner, Franklin (Mrs., Polly C.)) (Tanner, Polly C. (Mrs. Franklin Tanner))

I have
just received your letter and
now seat my self this pleasant
evening to pen a few line's
in answer to the same.
to begin with I will tell you
that I am still in the
enjoyment of good health
and I sincerely hope these
few word's will find you
in good health too.
it is the greatest blesing (blessing)
that our heavenly Father
can bestow upon us. and
I often think how little we
deserve that. I suppose
you want to know what I doing
now day's down here, well

PAGE IMAGE I am doing guard duty
all the time, we go and guard
pretty much every day so you
see that sleep is something
that we wish for yet get very
little of it. we have to patrol
the railroad out five mile's
from here every day to see
whether some stray rebel
has torn it up or got it
out of runing (running) order in
any way. it makes quite a
walk for us, myself and
five other's have been out
patroling (patrolling) today I feel pretty
lame tonight ten mile's
make's quite a walk and
the railroad is a very hard
road to travel on especialy (especially)
on foot. we also guard the
railroad and pontoon bridge's
across the TennesseeĀ  River (Tennessee River)
PAGE IMAGE They are building two or
three steamboats here so we
have to keep two or more
gurads in the shipyard all
the time then we have the
quartermaster's stores to
guard and all kind's of
provision for the army
and it keep's the whole
regiment on guard nearly
all the time. there was
another negro shot today
there is some affray (affair) of
the kind happen's every
day or so. Col. McDougal (McDougal (Colonel))
has got back to the regt.
he met with a very poor
welcome I do not believe
there was a man in
the regiment that was
glad to see him we all
like Col Roger's (Rogers, James C. (Colonel)) 's much better
PAGE IMAGE than we do him he
is altogether to (too) national
to (too) much of an old granny
as the boy's style him.
perhaps you would like
to know something about
our quarter's. we have first
rate quarters our shanty
is about twelve feet
long seven wide and six
high covered with
our shelter tents its made
out of plank that we
caught out of river as
they were floating down
stream we have a floor
bunks table stools and
cupboard we are going to
make us a fireplace as
soon as we can get time
it is raining tonight and
it seam's (seems) comfortable to
PAGE IMAGE to be in even such
a house as this is.
the wether (weather) is very warm
and pleasant down here oh
it's a grand thing to be a
southern gentleman and
reside in the sunny south
but this guard duty take's
away apart (a part) of the charm.
the troops are moveing (moving) past
here today. it is thought there
will be another battle soon
in this army. I hardly think
we will be in the next
fight for our Division is
guarding the railroad from
here to Nashville (Nashville, Tennessee) so I think
we will not move very
soon if we had been going
to move so as to take part
in the coming battle we
would have been marching
ere this
PAGE IMAGE well Uncle Franklin (Tanner, Franklin)
I would realy (really) like to help
you hoe the orchard the
coming season but I hardly
think I can. I will almost
agree to help you harvest
the crop though. I feel
confident that this war
will end before another
harvest come's around.
Aunt Polly (Tanner, Franklin (Mrs., Polly C.)) (Tanner, Polly C. (Mrs. Franklin Tanner)) you just make
Ucle Franklin (Tanner, Franklin) write an extra
sheet the next time you write
to me for you know I am
a great hand for long letter's
but I guess I have written everything
you will want to read and finly (finally)
everything I can think of s (so) I must
stop excuse all mistakes. write soon
from your affectionate

Henry Welch (Welch, Henry) PS..

don't fail
to put the N.Y.S.V.
on your letters that
you send to me
for there is other 123d
regiment (123rd Regiment, New York)s that is not
New York (New York) regt

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