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7th New York Heavy Artillery - Killed at Cold Harbor

Item LTR-5847
January 27, 1863 Charles B. Bogardus
Price: $200.00


Original Civil War soldier's letter. 4 pages written in period ink.

Fort Kearny
January 27th 1863

Dear Father and Mother, Sister and Brother,

I now take my pen in hand to write you a few lines in answer to your letter which I received last night. And was glad to hear that you had arrived home safe and that you are well. I am well and hope that these few will find you the same. That company that was with us when you were here, that wouldn’t work, they put about a dozen of them in the jail. Louis and Theo they had to move to headquarters and another company come here. But they howled in and told the captain that they would work but two or three of them sticks to it. They said that they would not take a pick or shovel to work while they were in the service. Let them go. I don’t care. The day that we left you in Washington, we got home a little after dark. Bush has come to camp to stay. He is as crazy as ever. He and Peter have to have a spat every once in a while. That box didn’t reach us till Saturday. There were some nice things in it and a lot of sausage and butter, potatoes and apples and all sorts that you must have a big time giving old Adam a description of the whole thing.

I guess he thinks them is big guns that tears the trees up. How did you get along with your possum? Did you get him home all right or didn’t you? You didn’t say.

If I was you, I would first tell old Sheldon what kind of a man I thought he was. He is a regular hog and always was. The weather has been very nice here since you left. Till last night then it began to rain a little and rained a little today. Them collars that you found in your satchel Heleg sent them. The pipe bowl is yours. I guess I gave you one and Lieutenant Halenbeck gave you one. So I think they must belong to you.

It seems that when one disease gets about along with another it sets in. If the sore throat gets in Robert’s family it will be apt to go rather hard with them. Won’t it? I am glad that Mother and the rest of them are at ease. For I expect that they have had a good deal of trouble about it. Ann must have borrowed a great deal of trouble while we must think that we ain’t got anything nice here. About that other fifty dollars, town bounty, it seems that a good many begin to think that there’s a little doubt of getting it. And if you think there is any doubt you had better discount it and get it if you can. And then if you think it best to turn into sheep, do so and if not let Adam have it or someone else and get a note for it. We ain’t got it yet and I don’t know as it is a coming either. But I don’t care much about it. Yet if we only get it. There has been a big story going around the camp again. It was that we were going to go back to Albany for home guards. For they had been raising an awful fuss in Albany. Like knocking the windows out of the capital and they called on the home guards and they hadn’t any. I tell you if you would have heard some of them talk. You’d thought they were there already. All telling how nice they would have it and all they’d have and the first fight as they wanted it.

The report is now that we have got the rebels in a good shape this last fight. It seems that Burnside has learned a little since the first fight at Fredericksburg. If they follow them right up now and don’t give them a chance to get together again and get everything fixed they will be apt to make them sick of the war.
Well I must close for it is a getting late. Give my respects to all.

From your son,

C. B. Bogardus

Direct as before.