Letters of Dwight D. Sanderson, Co. K

Dwight D. Sanderson, age 22, enlisted at Albany, NY May 22, 1861 as a private in Company E, 28th NY Volunteer Infantry; mustered out June 2, 1863 for disability; enlisted at Battleboro to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co, K 76th NY Volunteer Infantry, July 16, 1863; captured in action, May 5, 1864, at the Wilderness, Va.; transferred to Co. K, 147th NY Volunteer Infantry, January 31, 1864; died at Florence, S.C. February 10, 1865 as a prisoner of war.

Hannah and William A. Sanderson were the parents of Dwight D. Sanderson. Dwight was born December 1839 at Phelps, Ontario County, NY. William died at Spencerport, NY in 1843. Hannah remmarried October 24th 1845 to Jabes Lamb. At the time of Dwight's enlistment two of his siblings were at home; Charlie born Jan 17, 1850 and his Sister Sarah. His brother George and sister Lib were living away from home.

Hancock Maryland 
January 21st 1862 
General Bankses Division 
Co E 28th Regt New York State Volunteers

Dear Mother 

I received a letter from George the other day and he told me that you had the Consumption I was surprised for he calculated to come and see you if possible thing to do and I will if I can get a furlough and I think I can under the Circumstances for which I want it I shall try and come about the first of March and will try and to fetch you some money when I come home 

I am now in good health and my only wish is that you were in the same condition and I wished that I was free so as to be with you yes Mother but I am far away now and cannot help my self but I will try and come home an see you one more and now mother I will try and give you a short descrition of my sogering 

We left Washington City the 6th of July and marched for Winchester we crossed the Potomac River in the morning of the 8th and we expected to have a fight before night and the boys felt well no doubt they would have fought untill the last man fell Then went on untill we reached Martinsburgh we seen no rebels on our road there and not untill we went out on foraging expedition we had 3 companies and we threw out an advance guard to see if there was any near there and the first that we knew we were attacked by 40 or 50 Cavalry there was 70 men of us in the advance guard and these Dare devils came upon us as hard as they could run their horses but we flew to a piece of woods and then you had Ought to have seen them run and fall from their Saddles We shot some 7 or 8 of them and Shot the Captains finger all from his right hand but I must Stop and fetch some vitles to cook our Supper for the company and now I will resume my letter to you I now will finish about that fight as they came upon us they fired a volley at us and killed one man in our Company but they got well paid for it 

But Mother you cannot think how awful the country looks after an army has marched through the fences all burned and the grain all destroyed and the whole county in Desolation and ruin civil war is the worst war that is found 

O yes I like to forget to tell you that I am a follower of Jesus Christ and mother my prayers is that I may hear from you and I hope you will choose the good part that which cannot be taken from you Mother 

I must close for a little while and go to Dress parade I think for the Bugle has sounded and I must go I now again resume my letter we have had our dress parade and our Supper and I will now try and fill this Sheet full of Some kind of common sense 

The winter here has been very warm down here in Maryland a considerable more than in N.Y. we have not had any Snow here except in Small flurys and the mud is about a foot deep or more I guess here now I have not heard from Prattsburg in Sometime and I expect one Soon from there And now Mother when you write please write that you want to See me once more and that if I want to See you I must come soon 

And now I want to tell you my reasons for So doing I want to get a furlough and if I can have the letter to Show the Col of our regiment and my Captain then I think I am sure of a furlough and oh how I would like to come and See you once more and leave you Some money to help you along in this world and I will Send it every pay day to you afterwards and if you write as I tell you above on this page you may look for me about the first of March or a little sooner perhaps I cannot tell just at present for I do not know myself 

When we came here the first 2 nights we had to sleep in a barn and it went rather tough but we are toughened to it and can Stand through I think Mother I have Sent you my likeness Some 2 months ago and I think you must have received it before this time Sure I merely mentioned it in my letter So as to let you know that I had Sent it to you it looks like me for I am a rough looking fellow for I have not Shaved Since I came into the Service and it is Some 8 months or more now nearly nine months But I must Stop and wait untill after roll call 

Roll call is now over and I am now trying to write Some more nonsense for you to read I have had several letters from cousin Bill Brownell he is in the 13th Regiment N.Y.S. Volunteers and all quartered near fort Corcoran in Dixie you knew what I mean by Dixie I presume it is Virginia or any of the Southern States it is now Showering like fun and the Potomac is So high that it is impossible to cross now at all So there is no danger of the rebels at present

I can Start from here in the afternoon and be in Coldwater village the next night I will try and get a furlough for 74 days So that I can make quite a visit and then the parting Oh Mother I dread the time but it cannot be helped as I know of And now I must write to Sarah some I suppose O She will be vexed at me and will not answer my letter you excuse these few mistakes and do not wonder at it for there is Such a noise that can hardly write at all 

we are quartered in a nice brick church and when all the boys are in it there is a considerable noise but I hope you will make all allowances for any mistakes Such as they are Sarah you no doubt hear awful stories concerning the war but it is not half as bad as the papers say I enjoy myself first rate here although at times I wish I was with you and mother but my part of the U S army calls me far a way from home and friends but it cannot be helped as I said before 

It is true that at times that we fare quite hard but it is so in all vicissitudes of life and now Sarah be good to mother if I have been neglectful dont you I am not going to be So any longer my time and money is hers after this time as long as I live So help me God 

And now I must tell you Something about our marching We Started from our Camp near Muddy Branch and marched to Frederick City we were on the road 3 days nothing of any account transpired the first day except that one of the 5th Conneticut Regt Shot a hog and Shouldered it and took it along with them at night we had to lay out doors without a tent to shield us from the chilly night air but we camped near a piece of woods we went into the woods and built up a good fire and lay down upon the leaves with our feet to the fire and Slept good 

The 2 day one of the men while in liquor fell under the waggon nd the wheel passed over his head and smashed his brains out it was an awful Sight to See him The town where we now are quartered has been Shelled by the Rebels they tried it and failed our canon opened fire on them and they run like whitetails but I must soon close my letter to you and I think it is almost long enough for this time 

no I wont Stop until I am obliged to that so my candle will last yet awhile and I will keep on writing as long as I can think of anything to write I have been all day writing on this letter of anything to write I have been all day a writing on this letter as you will see by my having to Stop So often and then begin again but Show what is the use of writing so much nonsense I am going to Stop it now I must know Something about Charley is he a good boy to his mother I want him to be if I have not but I presume he is for if he is the boy I thought him to be I know that he will be a good boy to his mother tell him I think of him often yes very often for I never Shall forget that time when that fire was in the village when Charley and Sarah had the fire engine in the bed and Charley wished I had the time to Spare and money I would fetch him a nice present but he will have to wait a little while and then he can have a good one 

I am now denying myself the necessaries of life So as to bring you Some money with me for your comfort and if I lay out my money for you I want you to be children to your mother for I am where I cannot if I would and I know that I have writen So much that you will not want any more in Sometime Excuse my bad writing for I have wrote so much that I am tired and must close give my love to all the friends in Charleston Coldwater and all those who have befriended you are my friends to So I considered them I Send you my love and hope to see you between this and Spring I remain 

your affectionate Son 
Dwight D. Sanderson

Mother here is the directions So that I will get them Sure without fail

Mr D.D. Sanderson Washington, D.C. In care of Capt T Fitzgerald Company E 28th Regiment New York State Volunteers D. Donely Col. Commanding General Banks Division

Goodby no more

No date

Top of first page of letter appears to be missing.

for I only judge by the appearance of things now they may change for the worst instead of good 

What kind of weather have you up in your Section it is quite Stormy here to day it is snowing very fast and melts almost as fast as it comes and it is very wet and Slopy but we have just received a new supply of Shoes and are prepared for wet weather George I have just Sent Mother $5.00 and five to Prattsburgh to that little one you know who I mean and in a week we have 2 months pay coming to us then I will Send more if you go out to see mother cheer her up and tell her that I am doing well and if she wants more money to write and I will Send it to her on the next day I will write a few lines to Lib you can bet that I will hurry home as Soon as I can get out of this but if there is a chance of making money as fast as I think there will be I Shall try and make a little of that myself but now to Lib

Sister Lib

As I have writen quite a long letter to George I think it is no more than right that you should have one as well as him 

how well I Should like to come and see how you folks look at home I wonder if you look as the folks in Dixie does there is one thing the folk does that I think is not right that is they turn all their chimneys out of doors it is cruel I think in them and in every thing they are 50 years behind and Lib when did you last here from Prattsburgh I would like to hear from there it is a good while Since I have heard from there and if you have heard please let me know when you write Lib 

I am in a hurry to hear from that little one you know who I mean the letters have gone wrong or She is Sick I do not know what is the matter I would like to know very much how is willie and is he a good boy tell him his uncle Dwight says he must learn to read fast so when I come home he can read to me in a nice book which I am going to fetch him I do this to urge him to learn fast and when I come I will fetch him a good book. Tell Jim Vangorders people I have written Several letters to them and would like to get one in reply I have also writen several to Jim Casorts and yet no answer 

Lib one day when on pickett there was Seven of us on front there was 15 Rebel Cavalry came out into the field and rode directly towards us we lay quiet until they came within reach of our guns then we let drive at them the first fire we emptied one Saddle but the fellow got up and went limping along to the woods and we took our time loaded and fired again at him he fell once more and then got up and went along and finally got into the woods out of danger you would have laughed to see them run how they put the Spurs to their horses it was a Caution but I have writen So much I will not have anything to write So I guess I will close my letter hopeing to here from you Soon 

I remain your brother in haste Excuse this hand writing and I will do better next time good by Send me Some postage Stamps they are So Scarce that we can not get them without paying 5 cts a piece for them and I do not like to do it but here I close good by 
your brother 
D.D. Sanderson

Direct the same as before good by

April 8th 1862 
Camp Near Woodstock Va. 

Dear Mother & Sister

As I now have a few leisure moments I thought I would improve them in writing to you yours of the 29th was duly received and I was sorry to hear that you were in a bad situation I am extremely sorry that it is so and I now send you $5.00 hopeing that you will get it in due time and that it may do you a little good 

at any rate you will be a little surprised when I tell you that we were not in that battle at Winchester but it was only lick and chance that we were not in it the day before we received orders to march to Berrysville 10 1/2 miles from Winchester we arrived there at the fore part of Evening and put up our tents I was sitting on the ground resting I was detailed to go on guard and on pickett guard at that 

I will now tell you what pickett duty is It is the outpost of our guards and is intended to prevent surprise from the enemy but no enemy ever appeared to me and it appears to me that it is ordered by Providence that our Regiment Shall never see a battle and mother even if we do I am prepared for the worst if I am killed I am ready to go before my maker yes Mother I put my trust in him who all things ruleth all things well And mother do not feel bad if I do not come home untill my time of enlistment expires 

Still I think that our Regiment will be discharged before next fall But do not place to much dependence on my coming before next Spring I know it looks like a long while to wait but as soon as I get out of this I will come and see you once more and when I do come I will fetch some one with me that you will be glad to see I know it is that little one I have told you about in my letters before this one She is so good that I could not help but love her and she is about as large as a pint of cider and that half drunk up but you will love her too I know but I will stop and give you some war news Sister Sate 

General Banks and Williams have just received a Dispatch to this effect that Island No.10 is taken and 2,000 prisoners besides all the ammunition arms and accuterments besides one of their Head Generals and his Staff I have not yet learned his name you ought to have been here and heard the boys cheer when they heard the news cheer after cheer rent the air and I cheered with the rest for every Such a victory is puting us nearer home at least a month or more and the sooner the better 

O how and what kind of weather have you in Cold winter it has been very warm here for the last week or two but now it has changed and it is the most disagreeable weather I ever seen first it commenced to rain then pretty soon then a kind of sleet and my shoes is very bad so that my feet is wet most all the time still my health is good and better than when at home for I believe I should have been nearly gone with the consumption while I now am enjoying good health so you see that I have gained something as well as losing the Society of friends 

Sister Sate I guess I will give you a little account of the battle at Winchester the 21st day of march on the 20th about 4 o'clock in the afternoon the rebels first made their appearance a few of Ashbeys Cavalry and 2 pieces of artillery attacked our picketts and drove them in they being on their arms all night and in the morning commenced to attack our men again this was about eleven in the morning they fought all day long and ended by our troops taking possesion of the field and holding it our men had 150 killed and about the same number wounded the rebels lost 1000 killed and wounded and 252 prisoners it was a severe lesson to them and it will be long remembered by them 

The reason Old Jackson came was this he thought that the union troops had nearly all left the place to be sure some of them had left but there was enough left to cope with them and they found it out soon but I must close my letter to you hopeing to hear from you soon I will leave you in the hands of him who ruleth all things well and may God bless you and take care of you is the prayers of

your affectionate brother
D.D. Sanderson 

direct the same as the one before but I will leave you here we shall ere this reaches you be on our way to Richmond or the far South good by give my love to Charley and tell him to write as soon as he can it would please me much to get one from him but I will close my letter No more good by and may god bless you and mother tell her to pray to the lord for courage to sustain her in the time of trial good by may we meet in heaven if not on earth! Grandmother is well I have just heard from them

Camp Near Culpeper Virginia 
February 12, 1864

Dear Mother & Sister 

I now sit me down to pen you a few lines to let you know that I am still alive although quite unwell at present my illness is the inflamation Reummmatisim and so bad that I cannot walk scarcely I am not as bad I have been still I am bad enough I also had a attack of fever with it but the Dr has succeeded in shaking that up and I now think that I should get along 

The Box I got but in a bad condition it had been broken open and how much was taken out I do not know but I will tell you what was in it then you can tell me whether there was enything taken out or not There are all told about 2 urns of Butter 1 can of Peach one can of Berries a small piece of Dried Beef a few cookies one loaf of Bread one card of Biscuit a paper can of Dried Currants about 8 small mince pies and a nice lot of Dried Apples also a few Dried Peaches a Sew kit cake I believe that Sugar was sent there was like it in the Box and if there is any evidence or chance of finding out the one that has done this I will make him found out so when you answer my letter just write and tell me all that you sent and then I will know what has been taken you must excuse this writing for I tremble so that I can hardly hold my pen in my hand Their is not much news to write now still I must try and make out a little to you 

Now mother you can see the difference in my writing this is back hand and the other straight but I can write a great of the best this way 

Mother it is currently reported here that our corps is to be sent to Guard Banks in La as how true this I cant say but I hope So for I think that it will be more healthy there and I tell you it is a good place to be sick in the army I am very much indebted to you over this Box and as soon as we are paid I shall send you some more money I have got 45 dollars out in interest in Prattsburgh I had a letter from them last night and all are unusually well but I must Close give my love to Sister and Brother and to all my friends who wrote who the are if I do not get any better soon I will have some one write for me if I can not able to write myself and so farewell for the present 

your affectionate Son 
Dwight D. Sanderson

Camp Near Culpeper Va. 
April 1st 1864

Friend Ardell 

I now take my pen in hand to answer your letter which I received sometime ago but neglected to answer it untill now and I must ask your pardon for so long a neglect and will try and do better in the future 

I have not much war news to write to you this time, but will try and collect a few of my scattered thoughts and pen them down upon paper for your perusal but I doubt if the are with the time it takes to reach them but you must make allowances for you know that I am A Battle headed soldier and cannot expect much from me

My health is good at present and I think my body well off if I can say I have good health It is a very fur place to be sick in the army Mr Ardell and now sit writing I can hear the distant Boom of Cannon and do not know how soon we may be ordered to pack up an march I would not be surprised if we did before night unless the rain prevents us from doing it 

The soil is so clayey that when it raines a little it becomes so muddy that it is impossible for an army to move the roads are so bad and if the Johnies do not attack us I do not think we shall molest them untill in the month of May then I think that we shall give them fits for we now have a leader that has never yet been whipped during this war and I think that we shall have some hard fighting to do and if it has got to be done I dont care how soon it comes I had rather it would come now than to be kept in suspense and not know whether we had to wait awhile and then go into Battle and Suffer the same as if it had come 

sometime before Lieut. Buchanan told me he had a long letter to from you and that you were well also your family Mr. Ardell I tell you Buchanan is a good man and I have never heard of one man talking ill of him he is good to all of the boys I understand that you have been having a protracted meeting in your place and O how happy I am to hear that more are turning to Christ and I do hope that the young folks in Prattsburg will soon change and instead of Balls and dances and parties, it will be a youth prayer meeting or some meeting and or much wickedness will come. I find it quite hard at times to hold out to my faith but when I bring forth my Bible the tempter flees for his life an then all is right again O how I would like to come and go to church once more in P. (Prattsburg, NY) it would do me so much good but also my part in lifes great drama calls me far away on the Bloody Battlefield destiny calls me and I must obey 

Mr Ardell you no doubt think it strange that I did not pay my $3.00 ass and Hay at home I will tell you when I was enrolled I knew that I would be drafted I was certain of it and there was a something that kept pulling me on and said to me go on it is your place and I could not visit it and now you know that I was determined to come if I was drafted it was my fault in coming I could have got Clear of coming but I did not think it was right and I came and am not sorry for it 

The weather is quite warm and is runing some this afternoon I have just Expressed $12.00 to Grand mother and I wished you will go and see her and if she gets it all right let me know and oblige your friend Dwight I will have sent more but I must send Mother some so I could not send more this time but I think will the first of May and about $20.00 and then I will show you that I cannot spend all my money and I calculate that if I lose an arm or leg I can have something to fall back upon and some of the boys are so foolish as to spend all their money to the sutler their own families are suffering at home I like to have good things to eat but they do not ask any thing for luxuries down here only 75 cts per lb for Butter and I think that other things are more dere than the article I mentioned but I must close soon hopeing to hear from you soon 

I remain 
your Friend 
Dwight D. Sanderson 
Co K 76th N.Y.V.

PS please give my love to your family and my respects to Benj. Hotchkins and to Squire Johnson also my love to Grandmother & Father also to Mr O.P. Jay Lieut Buchanan* sends his sends his respects to you and would like to see you very much but I must stop for I think I have written a good long letter good by in haste

Direct as follows Dwight D. Sanderson Co K 76th Regt N.Y.Vol Washington, D.C. Direct in this way at all time and it shall get them to me no more

* William Buchanan, second lieutenant, Co. C, Thirtieth Infantry; transferred to Co. D, 76th NY Volunteer Infantry, May 24, 1863; wounded in action, July 1, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pa.; mustered in as first lieutenant, Co. F, August 2, 1863; captured in action, May 5, 1864, at the Wilderness, Va.; escaped, no date, discharged, April 21, 1865. Commissioned first lieutenant, January 22, 1864, with rank from August 2, 1863, vice P. Keller died of wounds received in action.

Camp Near Culpeper, Va. 
Apr 2nd 1864

Dear Mother & Sister 

I now take the opportunity of penning you a few lines and to let you know that I am well and enjoy myself as well as can be expected of a soldier in the front of the army Well I am here in my shanty do day and it is moving quite fast but it will almost as fast as it come and it is quite muddy Mother I would have sent you more money before this but I dare not and it so close after pay day so I thought I would wait a few days and then send it and enclosed you find $2.00 and in about 4 weeks I will send you the same amount but I see mother you must remember that I am trying to get a Start in the world and you know that I am going to get married as soon as I go home or soon after and I must save some money for that purpose and I am going to marry a girl that none of my relatives will be or need be ashamed of I do not know but you are acquainted with her still I shall not tell you who it is untill she is my wife then you will know who she is if I can get her likeness I will send it to you some time if I like 

We are having a very stormy time here now it is rain one day and snow the next and it is so changeable that it will clear off and be as nice and warm and then it will rain before night but the more nice weather we have the longer we shall lay in our present camp I expect that we shall see some hard fighting this Spring and if I get wounded do not worry for I will let you know it just as soon as possible for me to do it and if I cannot my Capt will for i do think he is a nice man he is only 20 years old but they cant beat him on Drill he is as smart as a whipersnap and if you or Sister gets Sick just write a letter and I think that I can get a furlough I will send the letter to the capt and he will assist me to get one one of the boys had a letter come that his Brother was very low with the consumption and they did not think he would live he showed the letter to his Capt and the result was that he got 10 days furlough and next full if your sick just let me know and I will try for a furlough 

Mother there is some talk of our going home in 9 months from the time we were Drafted and have no faith in it but some of the boys believe it and if we do I shall bring my little wife with me and then you will see if I have made a good choice for a companion through life I was not in such a hurry as Purcy was and I think that I have done better and I think that you will say so when you see her She is not so good looking but is so good but I must now close hoping to hear from you soon I will close my letter please answer soon so I will know if you get the money I had a letter from Pratsburgh and Grand mother and father was well as ususal from 

your affectionate Son 
D.D. Sanderson 
Co K 76th Regt N.Y. Washington, D.C. 1864 

Camp Near Culpeper, Va. 
April 12th 1864

Dear Mother and Sister 

I have just received your kind letter and was very glad to hear from you but sorry to hear that you are in want of money so bad I sent you a letter about one week ago with 2.00 in it and will send more but as soon as possible for me to do it if you got it please write and let me know it for I can not send money to before I shall send some money the 1st month I have then 26.00 dollars due me at that time and will send it just as much as can be spared for I know that if you did not need it you would not send for it and dont neglect it write and let me know if you get the money that I sent last week for I would like to know very much 

my health is very good at present and I hope it will always be as good as now I cannot write you much news only the rumor is in circulation that our Regt's going to Washington D.C. I hope it may be true but I fear not I cannot write much this time as I have just got a letter from that young lady that is going to take my name on soon as I come home and I must answer her letter for she would feel very bad if I did not and I know that you would not want me to do any such a thing 

I do not think we shall move in sometime yet not untill the Spring runs is over with and that will be untill in may sometime then lookout for the fighting for I think we shall do plenty of but I must bring my letter to a close as the Bugle has sounded for roll call and I shall have to go to it and answer to my name hopeing to hear from you soon and to hear that you have got that money all right do not delay answering so I will know I will enclose a stamp to pay Postage so goodby in haste from your son 

Dwight D. Sanderson 

Co K 76th Regiment N Y Vols Washington, D.C.

PS Answer soon as you can conviently Dwight Sanderson

Camp Near Culpeper, Va.
April 19th 1864

Dear Mother & Sister 

I now sit down and pen these few lines to you to let you know that I am quite well and hope this will find you the same I expected that ere this I should be in line of Battle 

last night about dark we received orders to pack up an be ready to march at a minutes notice where to it was not known well we picked up and dose not go to bed untill the orders was either countermanded or march and thus we sat untill nearly midnight when the orders were countermanded and we went to Bed This morning I found out where we were going it was only a short distance out we were ordered to form a line of Battle out on a small place called Pikes Forke 

The rebels were moving and it was thought that they were going to make a raid on this Village But I think that they gave it up as fruitless and concluded to let us alone if were would them and we have not been ordered out yet I think we will not be in about 8 weeks then I think The Spring campaign will commence and I tell you the fur will fly down in these parts 

General Grant takes command of this army soon and it has then got to assume hard fighting this is my opinion and I think I am about right The 7th Indiana and our Regt. is haveing great times to day at a game of Ball but I had such a head ache that I could not participate in the game Mother I am very sorry that I could not send you money just when you wanted it the most but I think we will get our pay next week again and then I am send it to you 

The weather is quite warm and soon the army will move but have no fears for me dear mother for I am in the care of a higher power than man and he will watch over me and I feel perfectly safe that is as long as I put my trust in him O yes Dear Mother have you heard anything about the Drafted men coming home in 9 months from the time they were Drafted please write and tell me when you answer this You must excuse neglect this time on account of ill health 

I had a letter from Prattsburg and they had the Small Pox very bad in the village nearly the whole of Mechanic Street was exposed to it and they are haveing quite a time there was 83 funerals in one day and one to do the next morning the deaths are quite numerous but it is nearly time for Dress parade I will have to close soon give my love to all the Enquiring ones also to Sister and the Brother and receive a good share for your self no more news at present wait untill I go into a Battle and if I come out all right I will give you a description of it but I must close hopeing to hear from you soon I remain your affectionate son

D. D. Sanderson 
Co. K 76th Regt N.Y. Vols

Always Direct to Washington D.C. then I will be sure and get them

Camp Near Culpeper, Va. 
April 22nd 1864

Dear Mother 

Once again I take my pen to let you a few lines to let you know that I am still alive and in good health and hope that this will find you in the enjoyment of the same but I am I now take my traps and get ready for drill 

To day is very warm and pleasant and perhaps everyone will get another letter I shall be far away and fighting with the rebels fur the roads are now dry and in good condition to move an army and when we do move lookout for a large fight ad we have not got to go only about 3 miles to get into a muss with the Rebels and if you do not get a letter quite as often as you do now you must not think it strange for I may be where I cannot send any mail and again perhaps I might get wounded and could not yet write you know that it would not be anything strange if I should get wounded but if I am I will let you know it immediately for I will get someone to write you a letter and let you know all about it 

Mother I had a letter from Pratsburg and all were well as usual And another thing I want you to immediately and let me know if you have yet recd that last money that I sent you by mail I would like to know very much so I to know if it was safe to send it by mail if you did not get it all right I should it by express and then send it all safe and you will be sure of telling it There is no war news of any account today and I cannot think of much to write about so I will soon close and it is almost time for the mail to go out so I do not think I am not in time for it to I will send it tomorrow 

give my love to Sarah and Charley and O how I would like to see you all with the exception of Mr Lamb I do not think him worthy of any ones respect And now Mother does any of this money that I am Sending you help to support him if it does I want you to tell me if so and if not I wish to know and do not think I shall send any more untill I do know I will not send money to help him along no not I but if I can help you in any way shape or manner I am always ready to do it and that you know as well as can be 

The weather is very warm today and it is fixing for rain it is as warm as in the month June almost and I dred the warm weather for it makes me sick when it comes it throws me into the chronic Diarea and it will run a man almost to death and sometimes it will kill them but I hope that I shall not get it this summer for there is to much hard fighting to do and I want to do my part of it but as my supper is nearly ready and I will bring my letter to a close hoping you will answer this soon and not neglect is so long as you generally do but sit right down and answer it right off and that will end it but I must close my love to Sarah and Charley no more goodby 

your son 
Dwight D. Sanderson 
Co. K 76th Regt N.Y.Vols 

PS write soon and oblige your son Dwight

(large signitures of D.D.Sanderson) This Some of my sqribling dont mind it Good by Dwight

Give my love to Sister and Brother Charley also to all the friends of Soldiers O yes I must tell you that Aunt Kate VanValkenburg has at last got married to James R. Hopkins and Mr Burton is married again to Mrs Smith So they are writing to me no more goodby in haste Dwight D. Sanderson

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.

Spelling, capitalization and punctuation are original. Paragraphs have been added to enhance readability.

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