• Penn Yan, NY, Family Reports Civil War Soldier Underground With Bomb Proof Cover -- Three Letters

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    A series of three Civil War period letters, 6 pp total, from a family in Pen Yam, New York, regarding a soldier from home. February 6, 1863, Mary Ann writes to Eliza.

    “As I shall not look for Mother today and being very much afraid of the news will not all be in the Democrat, I will tell you, Theodore came in yesterday with a letter from Gov. Seymour [Horatio Seymour, governor of New York] to D.J. Sunderlin saying he had made George Second Lieut. and to notify George that his commission awaited him at Washington... Pete begins to pick better company since he heard of his masters promotion. The pay for Second Lieut is $104 per month and George has got it without any recommend from Col. Taylor...”

    In the second letter, “Mother” writes to her son, Feb. 4th, 1864, Pen Yan [New York].  “Giving up all homes of your coming home, I write a few lines to let you know we are in the land of the living. Father has been very unwell but is some better. I have a bad cold and stiff neck and shoulder but am thankful it is not worse. I received a letter from George today. He writes he is well. He wrote from me to send a box in care of the quartermaster. I shall try and get it ready to send the last of this week...He wrote to Emily not be bashful –small favours thankfully reserved. He wanted me to send him some mince pie...”

    In the third letter, Mary Ann writes to her sister, December 11, 1864.  “I suppose you are living still, although we have good reason to think to the contrary. Have you heard that George has received his commission as Capt. I had a letter yesterday dated the 5th.  They are still in the trenches in nearly the same place they were last July and August. He has his quarters six feet underground, with a bomb proof cover; he wants us to send him some eatables. He thinks some mince pie and fried cakes would taste very good this time of year. I suppose now you see the point. Mother wrote to come out and if it is any kind of weather, she thinks she will come Friday morning...”

    Normal toning, folds, but very readable.

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