Letters of Private Norman Mynard

Norman Mynard, age 22, born July 2, 1839, enlisted September 19, 1861, at Virgil, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. A, 76th New York Volunteer Infantry, October 4, 1861; admitted to Trinity General Hospital, Washington, D.C. December 9, 1862 for treatment for diarrhoes; transfered to General Hospital Fort Schuyler, NY and died from chronic diarrhoea, December 29, 1862, at New York.

Marvin Maynard, age 22, enlisted September 19, 1861, at Virgil, to serve 3 years; mustered in as corporal, Co. A, 76th New York Volunteer Infantry, October 44, 1861; discharged for disability, June 4, 1863, at camp, near Fits Hugh House, Va. Marvin is Norman's brother.

Eliza and Mirancy Mynard, married December 18, 1836, were the parents of Norman and Marvin Maynard. They lived in Virgil on a small plot of land in a log cabin. The family consisted of five children, three boys and two girls.


Washington Feb 2, 1862

Dear parents

I take my pensil in hand to write you A few words this morning I received yours of the 27th and was glad to here direct from you harry did not get back until wensday knight abut three oclock we was all glad to see him and hear from Virgil

thursday morning we started for Washington we left the island about eleven oclock and went down the river forty miles to Amboy there we took the cars and went to Philadelphia we arived their at one o'clock where we had A good supper got up by A committy of ladies and gentlemen of that city we had bread an butter than cold fresh beef and sausage pickles beets and cucumbers cheese and tip top coffee after supper we give three hearty cheer for the ladies and gents of philidephia and proceeded on our journey

we took the cars and went in again ariving at baltimore friday about three oclock in the afternoon where we took supper and went on to washington we got there about twelve oclock then we eat supper and went to bed having A good soft floor to lay on and need our knapsacks for pillows the fair here is very good we have for breakfast bread and meat and coffee and for dinner we have meat coffee and bread and for supper have coffee meat and bread there was no snow here when we got here but the same we came it snowed very little it is all mud here

we are to move tomorrow we all going to meridian hill there we shall have our tents and cook for ourselves it is about two and a half miles from washington yesterday lieutenant George marched twenty of us up to the Capitol it is the largest and nicest building that I have seen yet it was so late that we did not see the president because they had locked up and he had gone home

it is quite warm here to day we saw one man plouging between philidelphia and Baltimore when we started (read this page and turn to the third) out from Baltimore some one threw two stone through the window but did not hit any one there is picket gard all along the railroad from Baltimore to Washington we have got our arms they are enfield rifles with sword bayonets on them I send by harry when he went home thirty dollars and told him to tell you to keep ten dolars but if your folks are all sick you might use more use all you want if it takes the whole of it I want you to have things comfortable as long as i have any money

harry said that the (snow) was ass deep out in your country so it must be bad to do any thing and probly now dont have any thing to do unles it is choping and it must be to bad time for that so use what mony you want mother seemed to be afraid harry said that I had not kept mony enough for myself but I did I had six dollars owing to me that I got I have bought me A pair of boots

I wish the children much joy in haveing the measels I presume that they like to have them because they taste so good tell them to take plenty of sheeptird and cider especily the sheeptird and if that dont cure take dogtird and cider

give my respects to lark I have nothing more to write this time this must answer for all of you I will to the rest of you when I can so good evening my love to all of you give my love to toms folkes

direct to washington D.C. 76th regiment Co A N Y S V

From Mrd


Fort DeRusy D.C. May 16, 1862

Dear Parents

I received your letter of the 10th Wensday night and was glad to hear from you and I was glad to hare you was all well I am well and tough as a bear at the presant I have not any news to write this time yesterday I went over to chain bridge again

that money you sent me come just in time it got us a good dinner although I would go along with out it we did not get our pay last monday as we expected we are to have it to morrow they have paid the boys over to Fort Mass and Fort Slocum and I think we shall get ours to morrow without fail next week

Marvin and myself are a going to try to go to the city and look around and I guess that Cap will let us go he says he is a goin to give us all a chance to go he lets us go out some of us every day he suits me first rate

the news was last night that Richmond was evacuated but whether it is so or not I dont know there is two of our boys that is a going to be discharges Leander Hail and Isaac Bennet both of East Homer they will go home next week I dont know if I shall send some money by them and I dont know if I shold Dilos Cole talks of going home on a furlow if he does I shall Send it by him next time I write I shall know more about it I had rather send it by him than to send it by express I have nothing more to write this time my love and best wishes to you one and all of our folks

From Norman Mynard


Fort Derusy May 18th 62

Dear Father

I have an occasion to write a few lines to you to day we have got our pay and I have a chance to send it to Cortland by Mr Besher and I thought that would be the best and safest way I could send it

I am a going to send 35 dollars in government notes and a little confederate money that is good for nothing but to look at I want you to use as much of this mony as you want dont be afraid of it get Electa some clothes and Mother and yourself some to I want you to do so you are welcome to it use what you want and put the rest or if you can we got four months pay I shall have 17 dollars left that will stand in until pay day again I am well no more this time goodby much love to you all

Norman Mynard


These letters were transcribed by B. Conrad Bush, 1940 Reading Road, West Falls, NY, 14170; e-mail Bushresear@aol.com; from original letters found at the National Archive, Washington, DC.


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