norfolk may the 27 1863
my Beloved father and mother i take
my pen in hand to in form you and
let you know that i and well i let
you know that i du no dudy at
Bresent time and i let you know that i
wase By the Doctor yester day and
he give mey 4 pouters [1] and there i
did say well doctor What du you
think that els mey then he say
it is from your liver and then
he did say them pouters want
Bring you all rite i Shuld com
in to him in a few Days then i
did say no i Dond think it will
Bring mey all rite and further i will
go to the Doctor to morrow again and
further i let you know that i think
nosing els But that i have my
old com Blans [2] and i dond think
that this Doctor can du much wid
them com Blans and futher i let
that i Resieveid your well com leter
on the 26 of may and i wase Glad
for the leter
[Page 2]
and futher i did see in the
leter that my Beloved Brother
Daniel he is home and i wase Clat
to see that and i exspect he will
stay at home and futher i let
you know that it is reported that
our army did take vicks Burg
But i think it ant all true
and further i let you know that
i wase in norfolk last week and i
did see 15 hundred nigers on a steeme
Boat the did go to Washington som
say the will put them in the
army and som say the wond
them for to Bilt forts
and futher we did exspect to
get pay som of dis time But that
is nosing we want get no pay till
we go home ant further i let
you know that we exspect to go in
norfolk next monday for provosigard
and i thing we will stay
there till our time is out
i will come to a close for dis time
rite Bag as sune as this leter
com to your hand
so much of your son Jonathen

  1. powders
  2. complaints
May 27, 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


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Transcription/Proofing Info

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

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