[1] May [?] 1863
Dear father I take my pen in hand to let
you know that I am well at present hoping
that these few lines may find you in
the same state of good health Further I let you
know that we had a great battle for seven days
and I let you know that we had very hard times
during fight then we had to follow they generals where
ever they went and they took us some times
nearly in the thickest of the fight and one day as I
was riding past our Brstworks amid the roaring
of cannons and rattle of musketry I hurd a felow
say to me Peter how do you do wen I looked around
me and saw Denyel and [???] Eacherd coming
towards me I let you know it makes a fellow feal
good to see his brother and friend in such a time as that was
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I must soon come to a close for this time
write soon again and write often I give
my best respect to you and all my friends
so no more at present but remain
your son Peter Boyer
a few lines to my mother I was very
glad to hear that you are enjoying
good health and I saw in your letter
that you would like to know how
my bording is it is good at present
but during the fight we had
pudy hard times we get cofee enugh
and I make my own coffee I make
it how I like it and we get sugar enugh
so I must come to a close for this time
your son Peter Boyer

  1. The day of the month can't be made out, but this letter was written in mid to late May following the Battle of Chancellorsville
Date Note: 
May 1863


Co. C, 17th PA Cavalry (162nd PA Vo.)
Residence (County): 
Lancaster County, PA


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


To State: 
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

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

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