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Transcriber's note: The following is a transcript from a letter from my relative in the 117th NY Infantry. (Original spellings and grammar.) It was written by the same man, even though the name is spelled differently. I think the first one was written for him by a nurse.
Head Quarters 117th Regt.
I take my pen in hand to let you no that I am in good helth and hope these
few lines will find you all the same. I have had a very narow chance of my
life and think that I am lucky that it was no worse. I am all sound a gain.
From Your son,
Quarters 117th NY
I again take my pen in hand to write a few lines to you. Have not heard from you in some time- We are still at the railroad. There is no doubt that we will leave here next Monday- Well we have had a good rest here and dressing clothes and now we are ready for another martch- We got the good and glorious news that Richmond +Petersbr. was in the hands of the Yankees- You know that I wrote to you long ago that Grant had Lee by the throat and Richmond and Petersburg must fall. The rebs are getting hell on all sides. What a copperhead defeat- three cheers for the Union- We have not got our pay and we don't care about it- This is all this time- You must write soon a few more times.- I have sent a package containing one silk cape in your name- You will let Mother have it and she will keep it till I come home. It was captured by one of the boys and I paid him $2 for it.
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