Mcconnels burg Fulton County Penn

March 31 1865
My Dear Wife
it is with Pleasure that
i set My Self Down to Drop you these
few lines to inform you that i am
still amongst the land of the living
and futher I am well at the Presant
time and I hope that when these few
lines comes to hand it May find you
all injoying the same Blessing I am
verry glad that I got over My spell as
soon as I Did it took some of the [Sp??]
of Me it Puts Me in Mind of home
up here now the Farmers are Plowing and
working out in the fields we have Moved
from where we was the Man that owned
the Fondery he is starting it up and
he had to git out of it But we have
Better Place now than we had we are
[Page 2]
in the Court house we have a
A room and it is a stilish wone to
there is Seventeen of us in it it is
a large room it is fixt up stilish
we can go to the the front Dorr and set
thare like lawyers there is a big Portico runs
from wone end of the house to the other
and Big Posts run up A Bout as thick as
a Barrel and thare we can set like gentleman
I Dont no wether we are gentlemen or not
But they call us that here there is a
Big yard a side of it there they go in
to Play Ball and Pitch quates [1] in Between
times to Pass away the time the [Canations?]
is trying to reenlist the men thems
thats reenlist they get a thirty Day furlow
to go home Mathias Parthesner told Me
to Put in My letter that you should
tell ann thhat she should get his
Potograph of Miss Susan Billet and send
it up here and he wold Be Much
obliged to her for Doing So and he sends
[added in bottom margin]
I told him that I would put it in the letter
[Page 3]
his Best respects to ann and Jacob [Slafrey?]
there is a lot of our Boys went to Harrisburg
for witness on Hills case the fellow that
they shot and wounded in that fight that they had
three or four Months ago they think that
he will Be shot I wrote a letter to
Alfred and wone to Peter Hoffst I Directed
Peters to Co g 200 regt Pv and alfred to
Co D 185 regt Pv I Dident no wether it
was write or not i Dident no what Company
they was inn I Dident get no answer yet
from them I received your kind
evver welcomed letter to Day on 31
and was glad to hear from you that
you was all well I would a likite to
Been at the flitten when you moved
up staires had you enny thing good
to eat at your flitten or some Bitters
you wanted to no wether you should
send the girls to scool next sumer
or not you can use your own
Pleasure about that if you want to
send them you can
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I would like to no wether the watter got
in My tobaco or not if it was that high
it Musent of Been far from it you say that
fred was home last week i Dident now it till
now I wouldent of cared if I had abeen A long with him
I would like to Be home when you Move
for I am getting a Most Blame Hungry for
something good to eat I am getting so
Darn tired of this Blamed Been soop
I Cant eat it enny more we call it slop
I would sooner eat that slop I gave
to My hog last year when I was home
and the coffee is only about half sweetend and
the Meat is so fat that I cant hardly
eat it But we are compeld to eat it
or starve But there is a good bit of swearing
about it and some of the officers gets curst a good
Bit Behind there Back the fellows Dasent to curs
them that they hear it or they would put them in
the gard house so I will Bring My scribling to a
close excuse my Bad writing so no More But
still remain your affectionate Husband Zachariah
Bamberger I was a little Mad when I wrote the
last letter I had wrote four and Dinent git no answer
Dont forget and write soon Dont forget it this stamp
I Borrowed from one of the Boys for on this letter or
I would not have send it Zachariah Bamberger Barbara Bamberger
I will send My letters to Cumberland after this
give My Best respects to all My inquiring friends and tell them that
I am well at
[2] when you get to town you needent show evry one
my letters that i send to you can show them to enny
of them Down at the Mash But there is some Folks
in town that need not to see them Sometimes I
May put things in that I Dont want evry one to see

  1. quates = quoits
  2. Added in top margin
March 31, 1865


Co. F, 201st Pennsylvania Infantry
Residence (County): 
Cumberland County, PA


Residence (County): 
Cumberland County, PA


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Transcription/Proofing Info

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

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