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Due to the difficult nature of Thitchener's writing, the edited transcription will follow the literal transcription.
This is War Wen you see and this Peas my littel Cakty you mute kiss her for me clumbe county September the 18 1862 ½ Dear Ant this moring i take my pen in hand to inform you that I hav not fergot you all and thougt you wood like to hear from Alen James Thitchener I am now in verginey close biy gorge Tuon it is a nise cuntry i think it is fillup with solgers so i cant verry fer to teel much abote it wen we left washington we was in camp a plase cooled camp chase we left this and mrch to cams Elus and we hav got marching orders to be redy to march at eny moment war we cant tel we hav not ben in eny trubel yet they ar fiting evry day close by us and the union men pearsto conkker we can hear the cannes roer puty hard sum times they hav benafiting at harpers ferry sum days backthe rebels fites good and they hav got a [fib] now
This is war and this peace. When you see my little Caty, you might kiss her for me. Columbia County, September the 18, 1862 ½ Dear Aunt, This morning I take my pen in hand to inform you that I have not forgot you all and thought you would like to hear from Alen James Thitchener. I am now in Virginia close by Georgetown. It is a nice country. I think it is filled up with soldiers so I can’t very far to tell much about it. When we left Washington we was in camp a place called Camp Chase. We left this and march to Camp Ellis and we have got marching orders to be ready to march at any moment where we can’t tell. We have not been in any trouble yet; they are fighting everyday close by us and the union men appears to conquer. We can hear the cannons roar pretty hard. Some- times they have been fighting at Harpers Ferry. Some days back, the rebels fights good and they have got a [fib] now.
|Title||1862-09-18 letter from James Thitchener to his aunt|
|Contributors||Tucciarone, Jennifer (Transcriber)|
|Description||James writes this letter to his aunt, four days after he was mustered into service. He is presently in Virginia, near Georgetown. He thinks that the Union is already winning the war, even though the rebels fight well. One of his friends fainted when they were getting ready for battle. He has been unwell, but is now feeling better. He says most of the boys have been complaining about not being well. James describes camp food in detail as well as the prices it goes for. He remarks that there are many "yellow" women in the area. He looks forward to the closing of the war, although he would like to stay down south for one year. He does not wish to kill anyone, but if necessary he will. Even though there is no hay to sleep on, there are little tents to crawl under. James says, "Life is pretty good ".|
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Correspondence
|Personal Name||Thitchener, James, 1836-1872|
Plattekill - Ulster County - New York
|Format.Original||handwritten text on paper|
|Source||John B. Gerow Family|
|Publisher.Digital||Historic Huguenot Street|
The Civil War Letters of James Thitchener
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88 Huguenot Street
New Paltz, NY 12561
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