John W. Pitridge, U.S. Army Co. H. 5th Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry, details soldier life

Camp griffin Virginia Oct 26th 1861

Dear Parents tis sum cold hear now but it aint so cold as it has ben. Night before last there was the largest frost that I ever see in Brandon at this time of the year. It rains here every other day about and then it is cold . Night before last I thought that I was at home for the 6 Regiment came hear and I see Moses Tatrow and Peater to and James Noyes and Franklin to and James Shepston to and Roger Blakely to and Gorge Far to and Charley Backus to and of all the wrest it was Daney Ayers and so you can jest tell Grey Ayers that I see Daney and he is well.

Today is a division Revew of 30 thousand men and yestaday was a Breagod ( Brigade) Drill and the day before was a Genral revew but today I got out of it for I am on Picket Gard three miles from camp, and I can hear this very minut the Rebbels Drums and guns too… they don’t say eney mor about the war hear than they do up there. If they say eney thing it is how long is it before I can fight the dam Rebbels and that is my mind to. But we will give them fights bfore long to and you will hear the guns roar up there to and they will be another Bulls run but the Bulls will run the other way… Tell mother not to fret about me for I am as safe as a mouse in the mill. Take all the comfort she can to… to have a dance this winter for Abe to and dance like the devil..

Tell Frank that I have got one of the hansomis caps for him that he ever see it is, all beads maid by an Indian woman and I will have something nice for Charley too and Mandy. To kiss them all . Tell Charley to give my colt some oats this winter and I will send him money anouf to buy him a new coat and a new pare of boots. And Frank if he is a good boy. Tell Mandy that Johney will by her sum shoes… tell her to dance for me to

No more at present, Yours John W Pitridge

Here is a genuine Civil War Letter by John W. Pitridge, U.S. Army Co. H. 5th Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry, written to his parents from Camp Griffin, Virginia on October 20, 1861, giving mention of hearing rebels drums and guns, seeing old friends arriving at Camp Griffin, wanting to engage Rebels, touching comments to his family at home in Vermont, and other personal matters.

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