Letters from Pvt. Abner B. Randall


Abner B. Randall, age 21, born Feb 25, 1841, enlisted, at Cortland, to serve three years, and mustered in as private, Co. F, 76th NY Vol Inf., November 28, 1861; captured in action, May 5, 1864, at the Wilderness, Va.; died of Scorbutus at Andersonville, Ga., Sept 20, 1864, a prisoner of war.

Lida and Samuel B. Randall, married May 9, 1840 at Cohocton, Steuben Co., NY, were parents of Abner and Julia. They lived in Fremont, NY in 1883 when Lida filed a pension application.

The following letters were found in Lida Randall's pension file at the National Archive, Washington, D.C.


May the 30 1862

Dear parents

i take pen in hand to let you kno that i am well and hope the fue lines may find you all well and doing well i am in vergena now i see 33 prisen richmod is taken by the union men i am a Cooking now i dont haft to dwill or stan on guard eny more i hant had eny letters frome you in to month i sent 32 dolas home to you father i will send you ten dolas realle mony for you to take ast i haint good for notti i got my likeness taken in a gram to send it home with Gurnsey he Goint Come home so i Sent in male when you get it let me kno it when you rite let me kno wha levi is the wheat is up as hie as my head i hafe peck ripe strobary to day to eat the reables is burning doin all the raleroad bridges that is a roan here i Cant think of eny more to rite so got by to you all when you rit drick your letters to Washington D C so that i can get them

     A.B. Randall


Camp Near Pratts landing
76 reg. Co. F. N.Y.S.V.
to levi Randall febury th 11-63

Dear brother 

i received your letter febury the 10 and was glad to her from you i am Well and hope the fue lines may find you all well and doing Well i Want father to bye that hous and take my mony and pay for the lease. We gone to get fore moths pa the furst of next monthes and i Will Send all the mony Couse that i Can to pa for the hous i want you all leave a home so that you Can live in peas and in sure the cofort of your life so that i Can Come home General Gaven made a Spetch to us to day he prases this brigade this is the 2 brigade 1 division 1 army Cour i Want you to Send me a postage Stamp in eve letter for i Cant get eny her till mother to kep up good hart for i Will See her once more on this earth if i dont i Want to meat her and all the rest of you in heven but i gone to Stick to our Country and fit for our fredom meny a reable i have had lad loe and meny more i Want to lae loe if it Will Save this unien this is from your loving brother 

A. B. Randall


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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