Letter from Pvt. Elijah Bullard, Co. I

BULLARD, ELIJAH H.-Age, 37 years. Enlisted at Machias, NY to serve three years, and mustered in as private, Co. I, 76th New York Vol. Infantry August 21, 1863; wounded in action, May 5, 1864, at the Wilderness, Va.; transferred to Co. B, Tenth Regiment, Veteran Reserve Corps, October 19, 1864, from which discharged, May 12, 1865, at Washington, D. C.

This letter was found on the internet at e-bay auctions in 2001. Transcribed from a scanned copy of the original by B. Conrad Bush. It was offered for sale on eBay again in February, 2004. The original is now in the collection of Tom Canfield, Harford, NY. 

U.S. Christian Commission

(Dove of Peace) sends this as the Soldier's message to his Home. Let it hasten to those who wait tidings.
"Behold" now is the accepted time; behold now is the day of salvation."
General Office Branch Office
11 Rank Street, Philadelphia 100th and H Streets, Washington

Field Hospt, Sandy Hook, Md
Sept 30, 1864

Cousin Allen

Your long looked for letter found me this afternoon and I did not feel a bit worse for getting it either.

I tell you when a fellow is so far away he cant even get home to Supper it does seem to renew his age to get a good whole souled letter from his friends. I have been rather unwell but am now able to eat my rations pretty well.

Glorious news from our Armies about these days. Grant seems to be a little afraid Sherman & Sheridan will steal all of his thunder away so he has begun to pitch into them at least he has waked up some of them and relieved them of a little Artillery. I saw about 300 Johny Rebs comin to the Ferry to day.

I think the news of late is just such news as will make every loyal man feel good and it seems to me that according to present appearances this Rebellion will play out within one year and then if I am alive & well I will endeavor to make you a flying visit and claim the acquaintance of that beautiful and bewildering young lady you speak of. In the mean time just give her my regards and recommend me as a "first class" of course young man not disposed of but on the market.

Tis sir I calculate when I am a fee man again I will be old enough to have a home of my own and what is a home without romance.

I should suppose that your two farms would keep you pretty busy with your other operations. So I guess you do not lack for want of exercise. I expect you are laying by the change, for well for who? Well donít work so hard. I would like to just rusticate around those old hills with you just a little.

I donít know but little about my own affairs at home. Cant say whether I am making a little change there or not but I know my business is in good hands.

Yes Hurrah for Old Abe just as often as you fell so disposed Please write again when convenient. Oh yes regards to "Hattie" good night more Anon.

Yours as ever,

Eli Bullard

This letter was transcribed by B. Conrad Bush, 1940 Reading Road, West Falls, NY, 14170
e-mail Bushresear@aol.com

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