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Due to the difficult nature of Thitchener's writing, the edited transcription will follow the literal transcription.
Feb the 18 Palmath Virginia Stafford CO Dear Ants i thought i wood rite a few lines to you all to let you knoe i am well and harty and hope this will find you all the same then i am shure you will feal good well the we hav had a large snow storm and it tis not over with yet i hope it will soon clear off for we am all damp and sum of us is wet thrue wen ever it rains or snows we am shure to git wet and we am always glad to see the sun come out and then will all will croll out of our tents and shake up our beds and git them dry for the next storm for we hav a storm evry three days the rigment is quite sickley at present sum of them dies moste evry day or too six months more we will be a small rigment thir is sum gitting sick evry day and sum gitting thir discharge i think i shall play up sick too and see if they wonte discharge me for i am what tierd of this way of living i think if i shood [live] thrue this camppain if i did not hav no fiting to doo i shall be very luckey indeed ouor living is sum better than it was we hav frech bred tuise a weak and the boys has had plenty boxes of govt things sent to them from home and i happen to be luckey and hav had plenty to eat too
Feb the 18, Palmath Virginia Stafford Co Dear Aunts, I thought I would write a few lines to you all to let you know I am well and hearty and hope this will find you all the same then. I am sure you will feel good well the we have had a large snow storm and it is not over with yet. I hope it will soon clear off for we are all damp and some of us is wet through. Whenever it rains or snows, we are sure to get wet and we are always glad to see the sun come out and then we’ll all will crawl out of our tents and shake up our beds and get them dry for the next storm, for we have a storm every three days. The regiment is quite sickly at present, some of them dies most everyday or two. Six months more, we will be a small regiment. There is some getting sick everyday and some getting their discharge. I think I shall play up sick too and see if they wont discharge me for I am what tired of this way of living. I think if I should [live] through this campaign. If I did not have no fighting to do, I shall be very lucky. Indeed, our living is some better than it was. We have fresh bread twice a week and the boys has had plenty boxes of government things sent to them from home and I happen to be lucky and have had plenty to eat too.
|Title||1863-02-18 letter from James Thitchener to his aunt|
|Contributors||Tucciarone, Jennifer (Transcriber)|
|Description||James writes of the winter weather in Virginia and the food that his regiment receives. He hopes to come home on a furlough, as his other comrades are receiving them. He has already grown tired of the war. He asks how members of his family are doing, and states how much he would like to see them. He states he knows the only reason he joined the war was to rid himself of bad habits and feels that Uncle Sam is taking advantage of the soldiers.|
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Correspondence
|Personal Name||Thitchener, James, 1836-1872|
Falmouth - Virginia
Plattekill - Ulster County - New York
|Format.Original||handwritten text on paper|
|Source||John B. Gerow Family Papers|
|Publisher.Digital||Historic Huguenot Street|
The Civil War Letters of James Thitchener
|Holding.Institution||Historic Huguenot Street|
88 Huguenot Street New Paltz, NY 12561
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