16 October 1864: “we shell them every day and the rebs comes over to us every day”

Item Description: Letter from Joseph H. Young to his wife Ann Eliza Young.  He writes about the shelling of Confederate positions and surrender of Confederate soldiers.  Young was from Mifflin County, Pa. and served in the 184th Pennsylvania Regiment.

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Item Citation: 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

Oct 16th 1864

My Dear and affectionate wife,

I reseved your kind letter this morning and I was very glad to hear from you and my little pet and all the rest of the folks about Reedsville.  You may tell lib that I will try and keep out of the rode of the bulets as well as I can.  Thay fly around here perty thick sometims but I luck out for them as well as I can.  Sam Kinley has just come in my bum pruf and he seen Dick yesterday he is well and all the rest of the boys is well in the 205 Reg.

I think we will move out of this in a few days and it may be we will go back to Washington. Thare is some talk of it I hope it may be the case we can see in to Petersburgh and we shell them every day and the rebs comes over to us every day.  Thare was 4 come over last night and 60 the night before and thay say thay can’t stand it aney longer.

Well my Dear the next time you send me post stamps don’t stick them on the letter for I could not get them off and you said you sent one dollar in that letter but I did not get it.  I think you did not put it in the letter.

Mr. Harman is well and hardy and so is David Cunningham.  This is our mess.  I wish you would send me som money for I would like to have some and if you do send me som get green backs for nothing will do out here.

We have not had aney very hard fighting sence we have bean here but we have 4 or 5 little fights with the rebs.

You must kiss my little pet for me and tell her papa is well.  I rote a letter to you yesterday and told you all the news

This all at presant.

From you affecate Husband,

Jos. H. Young

Good by my Dear

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