A Letter from William Rice

William Rice, age 23, enlisted October 30, 1861, at Georgetown, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. G, 76th NY Volunteer Infantry, November 5, 1861; discharged for disability, December 8, 1862.

(Letter written by William Rice with verbal help from "Tomey" Thomas H. Calvin.)

May the 14, 1862

i no take the opertunyty too rite too you this is the seckund leter that have rote too you i rote any good while a go too you Tomey is here in my tent too nite he is well and ful of his fone too rite as Soon as you get this we are in afort now we are going too geet our pa too morrow and tomey is going too Send you some too you i gess he wishes he had stude with you the grass is most nee high here tomey ses tell you that he sends his love too you he is ay going too send his money too deryter by james rite he is coming home and tomey is ay going too sent it by him too you sow you can gow too deruyter and get it thare too the pot ofice and get it thare i told him he had beter send his money too you rite as soon as you get this leter rite too me often i will anser every leter that you rite too me shold of rote before too you but i did not now but you had moved away from the hill if you see further tell him that i am well and tomey is too it is oful warme here it is sow warme that we cant drill daytimes moch here i wold like too see you and i would like to see old gorgetown furst rate bot we cant get ay from here till the wore is over and i think that wont be long before the wore will be over the South has got ay noph of fiting for when ourmen goes too fite them they run like hell i and tomey wonts too get ay chance at them we will make them fly like the deavel exeues me for not riting too you before i rote one too you before did you get it or not i most close for this time sow good by from your friend

William Rice


Thomas H. Calvin, age 21, a farm laborer, enlisted, October 25, 1861, at DeRuyter, NY, to serve three years; mustered in as private Co. D, 76th NY Volunteer Infantry, October 28, 1861; killed in action, July 1, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pa.; also borne as Colvin.

Henrietta and James Calvin were Thomas's parents. His father worked as a day laborer for local farmers. There was another son James who was younger than Thomas and had only one arm. The family lived on a small piece of land in the Town of Georgetown which he rented.

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