From Jerome to Allie and Lulu, October 22, 1862

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From Jerome to Allie and Lulu, October 22, 1862


Peirce, Jerome
Allie and Lulu
Pleasant Valley Camp, MD.


From Jerome to Allie and Lulu


Jerome Peirce


Jerome Peirce Collection, National Park Service


HIST 428 (Spring 2020), University of Mary Washington




NPS, Civil War Study Group, Donald Pfanz (Transcriber)


For educational purposes with no commercial use. Courtesy of National Park Service, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMP, FRSP 16095-16102 (FRSP-00904).


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Letter #26


Pleasant Valley, MD.

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Evening at Pleasant Valley Camp Md
22d Oct 1862.
My dearest Wife and Lulu,
It is eve, and Revielle [sic] will sound soon but will add a few words to you to go with Mary’s. Your two letters Came to hand yesterday and today, and the tea. many, many thanks for the same. It seemed so good after getting from guard duty this morn to have a cup of nice tea as I did this noon and Eve. I have written Mary in letter giving some little items I thought would interest, and I owed her a better letter even than that. I have no news in particular. Your letter done me much good, and I trust you will be able to see much yet to be thankful for.
Kind friends have helped you so you can see your way through one change more, which I trust will not be without some pleasant scenes that will help you along in my absence. Have just been out to Roll call, and what should I find but another letter, from Sister Kate, a dear good one. will answer soon. Also a note from Ed H and Peirce. Am I not favored[?] We are near a mail station, and the Cars run regular near us which accounts for it.
My mind has been so much with you, as I knew you was packing up—a homesick job I know, but I trust is all for the best.
Good night, with a K. [kiss] as I must put out the light.

Thu[r]s morn. Have just got up a little after 6 A.M. quite cool, but slept “warm as toast,” and our tents are very comfortable, and we are living well, as meat fresh, can be had. We manage to get some fruit[--]Apples—which agree with me.
You ask some questions, whether I am allowed for shirts &c. certainly nothing is changed but what we have we have about 42 dolls allowed for clothing &c. independent of our wages. I have not drawn more than half, and I think not that. I did not see you as we left Worcester, altho’ I tried hard enough. Saw Mrs Hobbs and Walker. it was hard walking and Could not look about for fear of slipping down[.] the load was heavy, and the pavements slippery.
About undershirts—Send them if anyone is Coming out, but not otherwise until I mention again. We are not certain of remaining here, and if we don’t, we might not get anything, but I will tell you more in a few days. I can get shirts of the Sutler, altho’ they ask high.
Don’t think I am suffering. I am not. Am well and hearty, and contented. Of course we all want to push on, and get through[.]
I think it will close up all at once, and suddenly when it does come, for we have an immense Army here, and at all points, and it will be a big move when it comes. We are all in good spirits, and the friends must try and keep so at home.
Jno Miller told me about Henry G’s good fortune and seemed to think he is a lucky man, “always just so,” he says. I hope H will make the most of it, and improve it, and appreciate it.
There was a mail went at Roll Call, but this will be delayed till night. I send you two letters a week. My regards to Joseph I [word missing] he will find business enough to pay and keep up good Courage for we shall all come out right yet, and his children at least will see better times, for all this trial, and that thought is a great deal with me. Regards to all friends, and as ever Your loving husband


P.S. I bought an undershirt this morn. A good one ribbed, so You need not send unless you have a safe chance. I prefer that kind next to the skin. No news since morn. It is almost P M. drill hour. Boyden is out of the hospital and doing well.

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Jerome Peirce 1862, From Jerome to Allie and Lulu, October 22, 1862, HIST 428 (Spring 2020), University of Mary Washington


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