Letters of  Private Jacob Parslow and Sergeant William Parslow

Jacob Parslow, age 18, enlisted December 4, 1861 at Middleburg, NY, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co., I, 76th New York Volunteer Infantry, December 7, 1861; wounded (gun shot to right leg above knee) in action, August28, 1862, at Gainesville, Va.; died of his wounds, October 3,1862, at Clifbourne Hospital, Washington, D.C. Also borne as Parsloe in New York State Adjutant General records. Parslow is listed as buried in the Military Asylum Cemetery, Washington, D.C. (now the Soldiers Home National Cemetery).

William H. Parslow, age 25, enlisted October 30, 1861, at Cooperstown, NY, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. I, 76th New York Volunteer Infantry, November 2, 1861; promoted sergeant, November 1, 1864; mustered out with company, December 1, 1864. Also borne as Parsloe in New York State Adjutant General records.

Adam and Anna Maria Parslow were married in Schoharie, NY on September 5, 1836. They had six children, at least, with Jacob, Adam and William being older, one of his brother's (believe William) also died in the service during the Civil War. Two small siblings; Nancy Catherine, born July 2, 1855 and Wesley, born October 31, 1857 were living at home in 1862 with their parents.

Jacob worked for George Manning before the war as did his father. He lived in a small home on a half acre lot in Middleburg, Schoharie County, New York.

The following letters which were written by various individuals for Jacob and William were found in Maria Parslow's civil war pension file at the National Archive. They have been transcribed using original grammar.

(January 1862)

Dear Father

I rite you those few lines hoping to find you in good health as this leaves me at present thankes be to god for it Dear Father answer this letter and let me know how you all are going on plese Father when you answer this let me have my Brother Adams and Wiefs likness I like this place very well and received my pay on last thursday and I now send you five dollars we will draw our pay again on the first of March and I will send you more plese to let me know if you Sold your place or traded it of if you have let me now if you got another place I would like to hear from all my friends would like to hear from my Sister Ann and From my uncle's wife and children how the all got along I would like to hear from Grand Father and mother and all my cussens answer this as quick as you can pleas God when the war is over I will go home I would like to here from my Brother William and Wife how she got along

No more at present from your Affectanet Son

Jacob Parslow
Direct your letter to Riker's
New York 76 Regt


March th 27 1862

Dear Father and Mother brother and Sister it is with plesure I take my pen in hand to let you know how we git along we air Well at pres and Hope these few lines Will find you the saime I wish you would send us some postag Stamps fo we have not go Our pay yet and Cant git money Ennf to Send a letter to you We Should like to have you rite to Me as soon as you git this for We Should like to hear from you all I think We Will not hav to rite Meney letters more Whil we air here We think we will Com hom befor long We shall know befor Long I shoud like to hear from you all tell unkel abe to right to us I Should rote oftener if I had eney thing to pay postage with This is from you Son Jacob Parslow to his father and Mother Brothers and Sisters Company I 76 Reg


forte Massachusetts april 14 (1862)

Dear father i now take my pen in hand to let you know that i am Well and in good helth and hoap that these few lines Will find you the Same i recieved your letter last friday night and was glad to here that you was well i was glad for them Stamps that you Sent to me for i cant git eney here and When i do git them they aint like them that comes from home i haint got my pay yet and i dont know When i Will git it mabe not till next May for we haint Sind the pay role yet When i git it then i Will Send you my likeness that Will Cost none cents to Send it out home you Would oblige me very mutch if you Would Send me eight Stamps next Week So i could Send you What i Said i Would tell uncle abe Parslow that i am Well and in good helth you must traid that calf off and git a hefer calf for it When i come home i Will pay you for your trouble you Shant lose nothing buy it Give my best respects to all my friends you must excuse this Short letter i Will do better the next time So Send Some paper to if you can nothin more at present from your Son

Jacob Parslow

Adam Parslow Junier

Direct your letter to John M Slater

Then I Will Git them

William Said you must Direct his to John M Slater to if you dont i See if i can git them when you send

Direct your Letters the Same as ever

Washington D C
76th NYSV
to John Slater


Fort Massachusetts
April th 26th 1862
Washington DC
Camp Brightwood

Dear Father and mother Brothers and Sister i now take my pen in hand to let you know that I am well at present and hope this will find you the Same William is getting better I received your letter and was glad to hear from you it does me good to hear from home I am anxious every day for the mail to come in hopes to get a letter we are having the nicst kind of weather the peach trees have been blowed out two or three weeks everthing is as forward as it is up North in June the war goes bravely our boys are giving them hail Columbia every day if it contues on the war can not last long probably there will be more hard fighting but the harder the fighting the Sooner it will be got along with our boys were Shilling Yorktown yesterday there was a report that it was burned by our Shells we will know more about it tomorrow it is thought that Banks and McDowel will Strike at Norfolk and Halleck at Richmond at the same time as Soon as they are take it is thought the war will be finished I hope it will be So the Hollow boys are well Except Charley Braman he is getting better the Doctor talks of Sending him home there is not any knowing how long we will Stay here but if we go farther South our letters will follow us be sure to write Soon direct as before give my love to all no more at present write all the news this from your Affectionate Son

Jacob Parslow

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i git my pay so you must keep your spirits up for some time yet a little longer and then will come home give my love to all of the folks and then tell them to rite to me and as soon as you can charles brayman is Smart this morning it rains hear this morn and it raind all night last night tell adam that he must rite to me first as soon as you get this letter now you all rite soon for i want to here how all the folks are out home and how all the rest of my friends out thare now i will tell you all about the news here the war gits along yesterday the north whiped the rebels so bad that they run in every direction at yorktown last night John Slater had a letter from levi Slater he said that if our troops comes out victoris the War Will close the rebelion for this campain Will come to a close in a Shorte time levi Said that the 49th was rite in Site of the battry he Sid that the rebls tride to Spike the guns

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part of letter missing

June 5, 1862

Dear Father i now sit Down to rite a few lines to you to let you know that i am Well and in hoaps that these few lines Will find you the same it is Some time scints i have rote to you but i will rite to you but i will rite now to you to let you know where i am i am in the city of the rebels in Fredrickburgh the river is so high that it Caried off the rail road bridge and the Water Was So Strong it took the Bridge that the men built to Cross on now we will have to build another So that can Cross the river yesterday thare was a large gun Boat up here so the men can Cross the river We air all well and air amind for a fight with the rebels and if they dair to shoe thare faces we will give them paddy under the shirt tail for We air the boys that fear no ways the 76 will make them run so that they cant find the way back in six months we have got ritchmon father i want you to Send me Some Stamps for we cant git them hear Mother hear is a locket that i will give it to you for a keep sake for i Donít know of eny thing more so good Buy from your son Jacob Parslow this few lines is from William Father I thought i would rite a few to you to let you know that i am well But the wether is so hot hear that i cant hardley Stand it you must keep that money for your self use it when you want it that is all this time Give my love to all my fiends Good Buy Mr Adam Parslow Junier friend i sit down to rite this leter for the Boys and they said that i must say Some thing to you So will i Should like to have you to go and see if my wife is Still Sick i heard that She was Sick i want you to See if she got the hole of the money i sent let men know in your next letter i sent 40 dollars

Sharps Ville Maryland
Sept 23 1862

Dear Father,

Your letter of the 12th Inst is received in due course of mail and would have been answered before this time if we had not been on the march so much, It found me in good health and Spirits and I hope this will find you enjoying yourself the same in this the time of war and rebellion. Our regiment has had a good deal hard marching and fighting since we left Fredericksburg it is forty four days since we left there and have bee upon the march most of the time. The regiment was in a battle Sunday night the 14th at a place called South mountain our colonel was wounded in the right arm and had his horse shot under him. I was left behind on the sick list and was not in the battle this time Co I came out all safe one man was hit on the arm with a spent ball but did no injury. On Wednesday there was another battle in which the Union forces under Gen McClellen come off victorious but with an immense loss of life on both sides but the Rebels loss is greater than ours it is reported that the loss in killed wounded and missing of both sides eighty thousand or more we captured a good many prisoners. one man in our company took nine prisoners all alone. As to Jacob I cannot nearly tell you anything about him only I heard that he is in a Hospital some where in Washington and no doubt is taken care of first rate as all of our wounded are as to John Slater he is a prisoner of war and has been sent to Annapolis, Maryland, until he is exchanged or released, I am glad to hear that there is so many willing to lay down their lives for the glorious stars and stripes but I dont think they will have it as hard as we have for these battle no doubt will help a good deal in putting down this rebellion bringing the war to a speedy close at least I hoe so. We have been encamped three days resting which has been good for us as we was nearly tuckered out. What they are going to do with us or where we will be sent I am unable to say. I am glad to hear that hoppicking is getting along so finely and I would like to be there for a while I am glad to hear crops are good in our native place. Since we have bee in Maryland we have been used first rate by some of the Citisens we have not had any pay yet and money is scarce and I would be much pleased if you will send me some Stamps in your next answer this as soon as convenient. With my best wishes for your welfare I remain your affectionate Son

William Parslow
Co I 76th NYV
Washington D.C.

Cliffburn Hospital
Sept 17th 1862

Dear Father

I have not received any letters from home for some time and this will be the first letter you have received from me since the 19th of Aug I was wounded in the fight at Bull run and I am now suffering from the pain the ball ended about an inch above the knee joint and feer my leg will be ampertate the Dr tells me he will save it if thair is any posibility. I have not seen William since the fight and it is imposible for me to tell wither he is alive if you have received any letters from him I wish you would write and let me now John Slater was killed on Friday afternoon I would like to hear from Adam tell him to write if my leg is ampertated I will write and let you now ancer as soon as possible

Your Affectionate Son

N.B the Dr has just seen me and he will call the other Drs in towmorrow morning


Cliffburne Hospital
Washington Oct 2, 1862

Dear Father and Mother

I again avail myself of an opportunity of writing a few lines to you though I wrote to you last and have no reply yet. I am very anxious to hear from you and I hope when you get this you will write me without delay if you have not written already and if you have please write again I was wounded in the right leg just above the knee as wrote before the wound is doing well I think though very painful My health otherwise than the leg is not very good and I fear we have more to dred from that cause than the wound I am not able to hear anything from the regiment and dont know how it is with brother William have heard that cousin John Slater was killed I have had a letter sent to the regiment to the Captain but he does not reply yet. I dont know how it will go with one for my case is very critical you must give my love and best wishes to all my friends and relatives and bid them farewell if I do not recover Tell Lousia that I sen my love to her and that she must be a good girl take care of herself well as she can till I get well and then I will be with her again. But if I do not get well she must remember her poor lost soldier boy Jacob but not to maker herself unhappy by unavoiding weeping for I trust that what Lord has appointed and does for us is all for the best. I shall without a doubt he discharged if I get well and then O Happy day! I will be with you again. Tell Louisa it would be a comfort to me if she would write to me also for I have but little to cheer me now but the thoughts of her you all at home. If you could send me a little money it would be quite acceptable for I have none at all. It is four month since we have been paid off so there is quite a little sum coming when we get it and I can then repay you. I wish I had some of the fruit raddishes etc that you have in abundance and I would not turn away from a good drink of butter milk from mother's churn but for these things I must wait my time Dear father and mother believe me to be your affectionate and dutiful son and don't fial write immediately.

Jacob Parslow

Other Soldiers mentioned in these letters:

Charles Brayman, age 19, enlisted September 21, 1861, at Albany, NY to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. I, 76th New York Volunteer Infantry, October 14, 1861; died of typhoid fever, May 30, 1862, in Patent Office Hospital, Washington, D.C.

John M. Slater, age 25, enlisted November 1, 1861, at Middleburg, NY to serve three years; mustered in as corporal, Co. I, 76th NY Volunteer Infantry, November 2, 1861; killed in action May 12, 1864, at Laurel Hill, Va.

William P. Wainwright, Major, Twenty-ninth, Infantry; mustered in as colonel, this regiment, June 3, 1862; wounded in action, September 14, 1862, at South Mountain, Md.; discharged, June 25, 1863, to accept appointment as provost marshal of the District of Columbia. Commissioned colonel, June 10, 1862, vice N.W. Green discharged.

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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