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121st New York Infantry - Wounded at Spotsylvania

Item LTR-7025
December 26, 1863 Thomas C. Adams
Price: $165.00


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

Camp of 121st New York Volunteers
Walford’s Ford, Virginia

December 26th 1863

Dear Sisters,
Fanny and Mary

I embrace the present opportunity of writing you as I am not very busy tonight. Although I do not owe you any as I think I wrote you since I have received any communication from you. I must insist upon your being more prompt or I shall drop you and not consider you anymore as one of my correspondents. But I suppose you are so busy in preparing for and enjoying the holidays. That you do not think of your soldier brother well after you have enjoyed all you can and holidays are passed. Probably you in thinking of your old friends remember me and I hope you will just sit down and drop me a line. As I should like to learn how you are enjoying yourselves.

Well, girls, where did you go and how did you enjoy your ride. Write me all about it. For I want to know of all the enjoyment that takes place if I cannot be with you to share the joy. Tell Henry he must remember me and write me. I was glad to learn that he was home. I hope he will remain at home for I think he will make as much in the long run and enjoy himself better than from home. If he does not get married and then I will not say a word if he should build a house and live with his wife.

I suppose you have seen J. T. Morton who is home on a furlough. He is a good-looking soldier and a good one. Although he was from that sunken hole of Edmeston. I do not speak of it so only regard to her want of patriotism in the time of the draft. For I assure I respect many of the friends at home but I detest a coward and one devoid of love of country so much that they would not make some sacrifice for her sake. Girls, write me all about the Toles girls and the Yates’s and all the friends. Kiss Cody for me and tell her she must write to me. I suppose Etty has been dancing with E. G. Waldow and bared themselves in the winter again.

The weather is very fine. We have had but about one inch of snow and that did not stay but a few minutes. It is cold and clear and makes one jump about to keep warm when out of doors. I wish I could be home to give you all a New Year’s kiss. As I cannot, I will send them by mail. So goodbye.

From your brother

Thomas C. Adams