norfolk April 26
my Beloved father and mother
i take my pen in hand to in
form you thed i am Beter again
i feel puty good at Bresent
time and i hope dis will com
to hand and find you all in
perfect good helth i let you
know thed i your leter come
to hand and i wase werry
Clad to here of you and it
trebles mey much that that
you are alone i know that
you have hard feelings
i can tel you dis war did
make mey more droble
that ever i hat Before and
it is no hope yet for piese
and i let you know that
we are out on picket and
i Dond know wen we will
go way here
[Page 2]
and i think go from here
to norfolk for Browose
gard [1] But i would rather stay
here i think it is a leidle
Boder som [2] in town and further
i let you know w that i
get a leter from Brother piter
and he wase well at Bresent
and it wase stated in his
leter that Daneel and o Bed
young wase By piter and he is
well to and i let you know
that we are on picket most
every other nitht and that
is hard on mey and further
you had stateed in your
leter a Bout hofman and
strickler that the got feet
that wase one afour lutenent
his name is adam stans
he is from Clanon
he wose home on a forllow
and he wase at millers to
[Page 3]
father i did see in your
leter that you are not no
well and i feel sorry to see
that and let mey know what
els [3] you i let you know my
tung feels so quieer the same
way if i hat it burned
wis hard [4] coffee and it
look yella She is that
way a good wile ro or readdy [5]
But i think it is all in
my stommag and further
i let you know that i feel
som tims werry Bat i have
no Chans to go to the Doctor
here ware we are Capten he is
a hard man i did ask
him acabley tims to go in [6]
Camp But i think the time
will com to en ent that we
will come out presson o may
god help mey and you
that we will com to geter
[Page 4]
ones more and if it
is not god will to meet
on Dis world we will try
to meet in heaven there
we will never part i
must Bring my leter to a
Close rite sune and ofton
so much of you afectaenal
son Jonathen Boyer

my Beloved Brother
Cyrus i wase Clad for your
few lins that you did cent mey
i did see that you are well
and are in the Calling and
i wish you good helth
and i wish you meney days
Day on erth so no
so no more at Bresent rite
sun a gain Jonathen Boyer
norfolk virginia Camps will
Brinses an County [7]

  1. provost guard
  2. bothersome?
  3. els = ails
  4. hard = hot
  5. already?
  6. a couple of times
  7. Princess Ann County, Va
April 26, 1863


Co. I, 173rd PA Infantry (drafted militia)
Residence (County): 
Lancaster County, PA


Name Variant: 
“Dear Father”
Residence (County): 
Lancaster County, PA
Name Variant: 
Residence (County): 
Lancaster County, PA
Name Variant: 
“Dear Brother”
Residence (County): 
Lancaster County, PA


From State: 
From Municipality: 
From County: 
Princess Anne


To State: 
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Bambi Whitaker
Transcription Date: 
September, 2012
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
November, 2012

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