View Full Version : 1862 Letter from J.R. Beadle, Co. I. 123 NYSN

10-03-2010, 11:28 PM
I'm bored tonight, so I thought I'd add to the collective knowledge of the AC. The following is a letter in my collection. Spelling is as written in original letter.

The envelope is addressed to
Miss Olive Beadle
North Granville Ladies Seminary

Washington, D.C.
September the 14th 1862

Olive I take my pensil to let you know how I am giting aloing at present we are engoying our selves first rate at present we have just go settled down in large tents with five in a tent. I tent with E. Aldria, L. H Shelss, L. Hines and H. Hill. We have fine view of the Captial and surround courtry with five or six forts in sight. The engenere is in close confinement with brout us down from Baltimore for stoping the cars in coming down. William Seward visited the camp yesterday and the boys gave him three cheers. The day before we came thrue Baltimore there was 19 men poisend out of one regiment and tha burt som of the sity to pay for it. Our Colonel is G. McDogal, Lutenan Colonel is Frank Norton, Mager is Warran, Agitent is Wallise. I do not think we shall stay here a great wile but we may. I am in hopes that the war may be closed by next spring buy I do know asit will but Stone Wall Jackson is in a tite plase and McClenan should bag him it woulg shorten the war by some months for he has between forty and fifty thousand men. McClenan in his rear and the ____ Pennsylvania in his front. I think he will fare prity hard. Thares is twenty thousand raw troops acrost the river in Virginia. Theres is about six hundred pontoon boats passing here for_rigsed. Ther is a camp of artillery in about half a mild of here also a camp of calvery. Our muskets ar sited for nine hudred yards and way some nine pounds which I think will pull down some with the rest of the troops which is a knapsack cartredge lot and belt and I bet that if we should march twelve milds that the road would be lined with them for the boys cannot cary them so far if they do ta will kill thenselves. Tell Father that I Marcus have fifty dollars to git his uniform and I kep Forty Dollars for fear that I or Marcus might be sick but have sined the alotment role wich alowes him to draw every two moths from the Cambridge Valley Bank Twenty dollars which is Ten dollars a month or every pay day wich I do not know as we reserved one month pay in advansed. There is some devlish poor land in N. Jersey and Merland [Maryland] where we came thrue so poor that they can not rase white beanes. The land about our camp is clay and so hard that we cannot dirve a stak without geat deal of trouble.

When you direct your leters to
J. R. Beadle, Col. I. 123 NYSN
Washington Colum.

10-03-2010, 11:29 PM
The content of this letter is quite good. There are quite a few noteworthy names mentioned in this letter -- Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan and William Seward.

10-04-2010, 08:52 AM
That is a great letter. Thank you for sharing it. I'm guessing his musket may have been a 1855 Springfield with the early ladder sight since they adjust to 900 yards.

10-04-2010, 01:00 PM
Thank you for sharing the letter. I hope all is well with you and your new location.

10-04-2010, 05:11 PM
Thanks, Andy and Troy. Troy, you may be right about their armament. I'm always intrigued by period letters. You can gain so much insight.