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121st New York Infantry

Item LTR-6490
August 28, 1863 Allen Lovejoy
Price: $220.00


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

Lovell General Hospital, USA
Portsmouth Grove, RI

August 28th 1863

Dear Brother,

Your welcome letter of the 25th arrived this morning and I was very glad to hear from you again. But sorry to hear that you have been worse again. But I hope you will not have anymore pull backs. So that you will soon be able to go home. I am not so well as I have been. So you must not wonder if you don’t get a very interesting letter. Day before yesterday was cold and rainy and I took a bad cold from the dampness. And my bones and headaches very bad and I have a Very bad diarrhea. I could not sleep last night. I felt so bad and besides that I had to run to the privy every few minutes. And this morning I shit my britches before I could get there. I’ve got to stop writing and run or shit in my pants again.

Well, I feel some easier. I pity a dog if he’s got the chronic shits. I don’t see what has brought it on. For I have been on light diet nearly three months. My appetite is all gone. I have not ate anything since yesterday noon.

I do not think I shall ever be able to do duty in the field again. I can’t stand anything since I had he fever last fall and then the measles and pneumonia, hurt my constitution again. If I do a little work or expose myself any. I am under foot again. Oh what would I not give to enjoy the health I did one year ago.

Well, Brother, I have heard from home again and they are all well. Almira is at Line yet. I have got 5 letter besides yours this week. I got 3 Tuesday, one from Almira, one from John and one form John Kelly. John is at the old place again, Camp Distribution, Alexandria VA. He got to Washington a week ago today and went over to the camp and wrote to me the same day. I was in hopes he could come and see you but they did not stop long in the city. He said he expected to leave for the regiment in a few days. He found several Company G boys in the camp. If you want to write to him, direct to the regiment. Almira said she had gotten my town bounty and of course I was glad to hear that. Yesterday, I got a letter from Henry Hanson and Peter Simmons. Peter is well and says the boys are well and in good spirits. They are ready for another fight. Henry Hanson says they have got in 118 big loads of hay and have about 40 more to get in besides 100 bushel sowing of oats to harvest. And they have not hired any yet. So you see they work sharper than usual. He says hops are rather poor and they have had a heavy wind that blew the poles down the worst they ever knew of. Some men had hardly a pole left standing in their yards. Henry says Frank did not have a furlough to go home. But ran away from the regiment and a few days ago. He was taken by a United States Marshall as a deserter and taken back to New York. He will probably wish he had not enlisted or deserted either before he gets out of the scrape. I should think he ought to have been satisfied with one furlough in a summer. He tried to make believe he had a sick furlough and was under the doctor’s care. All the while he was at home and the people all thought he had a furlough for either. I don’t pity him a particle, no sir. I have thought but very little of him since I heard how he used you down there in Virginia. And I sincerely hope he will get well paid for his mean actions and heartless talk to you. Yes I do.

I was glad to hear form Cyrus and the rest of the Broome County folks and to hear they are well. I think mother ought to be more punctual about writing to you. So you could hear from home oftener. I have written to her about it and so has John. Well Jonathan, as there is no news to write about here, I will say a few words about the war and close this. For it is rather hard work for me to write today. I suppose you hear the news as quick as we do. Still, I can’t help saying a word about our future prospects. Fort Sumter has caved and nothing is left but a heap of stone. While the boys are plummeting Charleston with shells, hot and heavy and that the rest of the rebellion will soon go under. Rosecrans and Burnside are after the rebels at Chattanooga and East Tennessee with a sharp stick and every day closes up the rebellion closer. And before long they will begin to hunt that last ditch, they have told so much about. They are hunting it now at Charleston.

Hoping this will find you able to go home. I will pincher up for this time. write soon and I remain,

Your Affectionate Brother,

Allen Lovejoy

Jonathan D. Lovejoy