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The Civil War Letters Of
Charles Harvey Hayden
Patriot & Hero
97th New York Volunteer Infantry
Donated and transcribed By Al Grenning

Camp Near Warrenton
July 8th 1862
Dear Sister,

I received your letter this morning and was glad to hear from you but was sorry to hear that you had been sick – I had almost given up hearing from you as I had written twice and received no answer – I am glad to hear that Pa is getting along so well. I hope that he may always prosper–

I hope the acquaintance you are forming may prove for your happiness. Be sure your heart goes with your hand –I am glad Pa approves of him. I hope he may prove all you could wish – I am sorry that you have had (a) disappointment but we are liable to be disappointed even in those we hold most dear - should you be disappointed a gain. I hope you may continue to live on and hope on striving to be a good girl – For I know the effect which disappointment is liable to have upon the mind.

We have been incamped at (indistinguishable) Station for the last three or four weeks living very uncomfortable for Soldiers. We moved from there last Saturday to this place about twelve miles (away). The weather is so warm that it is hard marching now.

Yesterday and the day before were the hottest days I think I ever saw. We have but little drilling now. Our drilling hours are from eight to ten and from five to seven O’clock – We live in little tents made of too pieces of cloth about one half as large as a sheet. Two of us button our pieces together and stretch it across whole boards in two crotches and this forms our tent - when we start on a march tent, blanket, oven coat, knapsack, gun and equipments forms a pretty good load but generally we get part of it carried – Since I began this letter I have been off and got all the cherries and black berries that I could eat. The black berry vines run along on the ground in the meadows and are very large and nice. We have the black and red cherries all we want - The water here is first rate and the country quite hilly- The place we left the country was level and the water poor –

I do not know how many men we have here but several thousand making it look quite like a city when lit up at night. I and William Wright from Wright Settlement went out five miles beyond our lines the other day but saw no rebels. Took dinner without much reluctance got by some slaves consisting of hoe cake butter and milk. - You said you wish that I could be there to spend the fourth with you. I wish I could have been. I think we might have had a good time -

You spoke of my getting a furlough and coming home this summer. It is hard getting a furlough in our camp. I do not know of anyone getting a furlough without they are sick or to go home with the sickness - The railroad which had been damaged by the rebels has been repaired to this place which gives us quick communication with Washington.

Direct Washington DC 97 REG NYSV COK
From your Brother Henry Hayden

 

These first appeared in the Boonville Herald and Adirondack Tourist, Boonville, New York in 2005. They are posted here with permission.

 

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