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150th Pennsylvania Infantry - Bucktail Wounded at Spotsylvania

Item LTR-10218
February 22, 1864 George A. Dixon
Price: $220.00


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

Camp of the 150th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers
Culpeper, Virginia

February 22nd 1864

My Dear Wife,

I set down to write these few lines to you hoping that they will find you well as they leave me at present. For I have been blessed with good health since I wrote to you last.

My dear wife, since I wrote to you last, we have had a division review on the 16th and we had inspection on 19th and Brigade review on the 21st. But I was not on the Brigade review. As I got excuses by the lieutenant. As I wanted to go over to the 121st Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers for to see Mr. Tibben, who had come on from Frankford to see his son. And he is a going to try and get down to see you when he comes home. And then he can tell you how I am better than I can write to you. For he can tell you how I look and that is what I can’t do in my letters. And he will start for home either today or tomorrow. And I think that he will be home by the time that you get this letter.

Mary, I forgot to tell you in my last letter that I was not on the march down to Raccoon Pond, but I was on picket and I was on for four days without being in camp. But I would sooner be on picket than to march this time of the year. While I was over to see Mr. Tibben, I saw Samuel Cove. And he was well and he is right fat and hearty. There was some others that I have seen. But you don’t know them. And some that I know was out on picket.

Mary, I would like you to send me another pocket comb. For the one that you sent me is broke and I would like it to be a horn comb. For they will last so much longer than the Indian rubber combs. For they are not so brittle.

My dear wife, you must give my love to my father and others and let them know how I am. And also, to your father and the rest of the family, and let them know how I am getting along. And tell your sister Emma that when she gets married, that I want some of the wedding cake. For it would taste very good at the present time. For we get hard crackers, salt pork, fresh bread and fresh meat, which is beef. And I think that she is mean or she would send me something down while I can get it. Some of the others are getting boxes from their young lady friends and I think that there is patriotism in enough in the young ladies of Frankford not to be beaten by others. And again, the Germantown boys said that they was a going to write to young ladies in Spencer’s Mill to send them a box. If your sister Emma does get up a box, I don’t want her to get it up expressly for me. But for the company for there is but few of us now left.

Give my love to Louise and Robert Chadwick and let them know how I am getting along. And give my love to all inquiring friends and let them know how I am getting along. And receive my best and purest love for yourself. So, no more at present.

From your affectionate husband,

George A. Dixon

A kiss for yourself and the children.