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107th Pennsylvania Infantry - Captured Weldon Railroad

Item LTR-222
October 16, 1862 Edwin W. Pierce
Price: $225.00


3 page original Civil War soldier's letter, war dated.

Camp Near Sharpsburg
October 16th 1862

Dear Aunt,

It is with great pleasure that I sit down to write you these few lines to let you know that I am still in the land of the living. It has been a long time since I received your last letter. And I would have answered it before, but we have had a great deal of fighting and marching to do. I have been in two more battles since I wrote you last. One on the 14th of September at South Mountain and the other at Antietam Creek on the 17th of September, in which I got a scratch on the arm. It was a ball. It passed through my coat and shirt making two holes in each. But I thank the Lord it was no worse.

I saw Brother Will yesterday. He is in the 136th Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment. He is well and looks good.

Dear Aunt, I wish you would ask Uncle to do me a favor. I am sorry to trouble him but I hope he will excuse me. It is what I wish for him to do if it is not too much trouble. For him to go to the Navy and see the Commodore. And ask him if he will take three or four young men in the marine service. They are bright smart active young men. We are tired of running around in this way for the rebs. We would like to go for the reminder of our three years which is two years and four months. We were looking over the paper and we saw that we could enlist for the balance of our three years in the Regular Service. So we concluded we would go. If he will, it will oblige us greatly.

I received a letter the other day from home and they were all well at home. It is getting late and I must close.

Give my love to Aunt J. and Uncle and Aunt Illman.

I remain your obedient servant,

E. W. Pearce

Direct to:

Company A, 107th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers
Washington, DC
In care of Captain Dorsheimer