23 October 1864: “my Dear I will tell you tru we will not have aney fighting to do this fall and by next spring the war will be over.”

Item description: Letter, 23 October 1864, from Joseph H. Young to his wife Anna Eliza Young. Young was from Mifflin County, Pa. and served in the 184th Pennsylvania Regiment.

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Item citation: From the Joseph H. Young Papers, #3695-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item transcription:

Camp near Fort Rice Va. Oct. 23 ’64

My Dear Anna,

I seat myself this morning to drop you a few lines to let you know that I reseved your kind letter yesterday with the grates of pleasure to hear from you and my little Daughter. I am glad to hear that she can go to the post office for you and I hope she will be of more use to you in a short time I would like to see her now. well my Dear I must tell you about the war that commenced fighting this morning about 3 or 4 o’clock and kept it up rety well all morning. we can hear them very plain thay are about 7 or 8 miles to our right at Fort Darling old Butler has got into that canall and he is giving them hale columbia thay have bean very quiet in front of us for 2 or 3 days now but thay are very week on this line thare is nothing more than a good picket line of them so thay hafto keep down. we could take thare works from them now if we whanted to. this is all I can tell you about the war this time. well my Dear you would like to now how my fealings is and what I will halfto undergo well my Dear I will tell you tru we will not have aney fighting to do this fall and by next spring the war will be over. my Dear you must not fret yourself so much for me but I would like to be at home that is tru but I cant get home yet for som time but if I can get a ferlow this winter I will go home and I will try hard to get one about the hollow days. Well my Dear I must lay my letter away for a little while we are going to get our dinner and then I will fill it up for you. My Dear we have had our dinner now and I will tell you what we had for dinner. we had coffee sugar and beef fryed and butter crackers and hard tack to wind up with, this is about what we have every day. well my Dear I must tell you that I have got every thing that you have sent to me I got the hat this morning and it suits me very well but I have not got that picture yet but I hope I will get it before long for I would like so well to see it. George Harman is well and so is David Cunningham and my self allso. Harman would like if you will tell Mrs. Harman not to send that vest he rote for he dose not whant it now for the mager will not alow him to ware it all the boys had to lay of thare citcens vests. My Dear old Butler is going it yet the cannon is rowering very fast now he will have fort darling before tomorrow night and down comes Richmon sure I am glad to here you are getting you wood cut for the winter. I would like to now the prices of every thing we herd that muslin had com down very fast. well my Dear I wish you would tell Lil that I am very much oblige to her for them pulce wormers that she sent to me. that bed tick you are going to make fo rme will be very nice for the winter you nead not send it now I will lett you now when to send it. I got one dollar and 2 post stamps in your letter of the 18th. I must close for the present. this is from your affecate husband.

Jos. H. Young to Mrs. A.E. Young

give my love to Jim Car and Swope and McGloghkine and all the rest of my friands.


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