Monday, January 31, 2011

Union Civil War officer's letter dated Baltimore, Maryland, Oct 2 1864

Union Civil War officer's letter dated Baltimore, Maryland, Oct 2 1864, from 1st LT James McMillan, Company "C," 141st New York Infantry Regiment, to Sergt. Daniel Chase, Company "A," 1st New York Veteran Cavalry, Camp Piatte, Kanawha Valley, West Virginia.

The content, in part.

Sunday is a very lonesome day here, Dan, so I thought best to scribble you a few lines ... I had a pretty serious time of it here for a while, but managed to stick it out, the typhoid fever tried me on again, but found that I was a nut too hard to crack, this time at least. Bell, as usual, came down to see me. She heard that I was in Balto..That was enough for her. She had to start, expecting to find me very sick. I suppose but when she got here she found me planying enchre for the lager beer. I am to leave the hosp some time this week, but where I could not say. They tell me here that I shall go right to the regt., but I doubt it some: a dismounted camp with some glass eye in command rises up before my imagination. God knows I have rather be in H--- ... [signed] Jas. McMillan, Act. A. A. Genl

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

US Naval Personnel Separation Center 1946

Letter posted Jun 21, 1946 Long Beach, from US Naval Personnel Separation Center, Lido Beach, Long Island, New York, June 18, 1946. It is to Mrs C. Dagavarian, 1809 51st St, Brooklyn. It is signed by Chaplain G A Webster, USNR.

Webster is writing the mother of Harry O Dagavarian. He states the Navy has tried to prepare her son for re-entry to civilian life, but only she can help him with one very important adjustment: being made aware that he is a vital part of his family, church and community. It may require great patience and intelligent understanding on the part of the family.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

1843 Brooklyn New York letter install heat city jail

Letter from David Anderson to James G Bergen, Fort Hamilton Post Office, Kings County, New York. Anderson writes that he has inspected the wing of the jail and range of the cells situated in the City of Brooklyn. He writes he will agree to manufacture proper hot water apparatus for each story of cell that will distribute a sufficient and healthful heat. It will consume only about half the fuel that the present hot air flue does. The cost for each story will be $450. All the work will be done by Masons. Let him know soon as winter is approaching. Letter is posted Aug 11 (1843) New York.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Scottish Immigrant, Mr. George Thompson

Civil War letter from a Scottish immigrant, Mr. George Thompson, resident in Cincinnati, Ohio, to family in Galashiels, Scotland. Dated August 15th, 1863. Observation is made of the number of Union troops in the city, returning from the Battle of Vicksburg. In particular he mentions the presence of the 79th New York Volunteers, the famously self-styled "Cameron Highlanders" "yesterday morning (August 14th, 1863). He notes their having "Scotch bonnets on (Glengarrys)" and a kilted piper and of their marching off to "Kentucky".

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