1862 Letter - 34th New York "Herkimer Regiment" Private Desires Furlough Mentions 2nd New York

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1862 Letter - 34th New York "Herkimer Regiment" Private Desires Furlough Mentions 2nd New York

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Item No. 1755378

Offered here is an interesting 1862 Civil War letter written by Private John H. Crewell of the 34th New York Volunteers to his father at home in Denison, New York. In the letter, Crewell discusses his desire to come home on furlough, an image of himself he was sending home to his grandmother, and having spotted the 2nd New York. Crewell would later die of disease in a Philadelphia army hospital later that August. The letter reads, in full:

Camp Abedellan
January 22, 1862

Dear Father,

It is with pleasure that I enclose these few lines to you to let you know that I am well at present and I hope that when these few lines reaches you they will find you the same. The rest of the boys is all well at present. We got our pay yesterday. It is pretty rainy here now. It has rained here for 5 days. We have no sun here. I will not come home on a furlough for the orders is not to give any except the doctor give it, so I can’t come home and they have order them all back that went home whether their time was out or not. I will send you 5 dollars for I want to keep the rest for me so if I do get a furlough to come there I will have some. When you get this you must go to J.C. James in Mohawk and get my likeness and give it to grandmother for Ed White is gone  home tomorrow and he will bring it with him. So I must close my letter for I have got to go on picket for four days. You must excuse this short letter. Oh I almost forgot to tell you that the New York second is again to leave here today but where they go I don’t know. That is all. So good by.

Write soon.
From your son
John H. Crewell
To H. J. Crewell
Denison
Herkimer County

The letter was written upon three pages of a 4 5/8” x 7 1/2” stationery sheet. It is in excellent condition with very little wear to edges and corners. Little foxing and toning. Creased where originally folded. Includes original cover shown.

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