Letters of
Private Francis Edwin Verran, Co. D

Francis Edwin Verran, age 22, enlisted September 14, 1861, at La Peer, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. D, 76th NY Volunteer Infantry, October 4, 1861 at Cortland, NY; wounded in action at Bull Run, Va., August 29, 1862, died at Cliffburne Barracks Hospital, Washington, D.C, October 2, 1862 from the effects from amputation of his left arm. Also borne as Verrean. He is buried in the Military Asylum Cemetery, Washington, D.C. (now the Soldiers Home National Cemetery) as "Francis Verun".

Elizabeth and Francis Verrean were the parents of the following children. Their ages were as of 1862: Francis 23, Charles 19, William 12, Emily 25, Ruth 30, May 27, Josephine 23, and Harrietta 15. Francis worked as a shoemaker.

Letterhead has picture of a soldier saying good bye to his sweetheart at the top of the first page.

Washington D C 
Feb 12th 1862

Dear Sister

   I received your letter the 10th and I am glad to hear from you and to learn that you are all getting a long pretty well I did not get fathers letters until after I had wrote I am now enjoying good health and have been since leaving New York Dann has been on the sick list for several days past but is now better James and Harvey are both well Harvey is the Chaplins waiter 

our camp is about two miles from the city we came up here about a week ago we stayed in the city three days a bout 20 of us went up to the capital with our lieutenant the day before we went into camp we have tents here instead of barracks there is but little snow here and the weather is very mild so we do not suffer from cold when on guard guard duty is the hardest duty which a soldier has to perform our company were all on guard yesterday and last night to day we have nothing to do but clean our arms 

Charley Darling has been over to see us several times the Hospital where he works is about forty rods from our camp Dick Huested and Bentleys son from marathon have been here also 

there are about 15000 troops in around about our camp our regiment are armed with Enfield rifle with sabre bayonet we draw our rations here and we have furlough and were than we can eat we have bread beef pork potatoes peas beans rice sugar notary vinegar and all the coffee we can drink hoping these few lines will find you enjoying usual health I remain your affectionate brother


PS I send a book with this letter title Pirates Bride

                       Fort Slocum D C
May 18  1862

Dear Sister    

I received your letter of the 20 of April in due time but could not answer it before because I had no stamps and no money to buy with but we have got our pay at last I have send 36 dollars to Uncle Dann I got 52 dollars and have three months pay back. 

It is pretty warm weather here now about us warm as the fourth of July up there in old Cortland how I would like to see that place once more Albert wrote to me from New market Va and he said they were ready to start for Harrisonburg and he expected to have a fight you will find a picture in the letter it is not a very good one but it is the best I could get I want you to send me yours as soon as you can 

We talk some of going to Va. but we dont know yet we have had orders to be ready to march you wanted to know in whose division we were we are in general Doubledays brigade and if we go South we will be in Banks or McClellin division Write as soon as you get this direct your letters as usual.

From your Brother Edwin

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.  

Ed. Note: Spelling and punctuation are original, paragraphs have been added to enhance readability.

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