An interesting undated letter, but from context is from the winter of 1864-65. It was written by Private Henry Homann of the 199th Pennsylvania Infantry while the regiment was in the trenches surrounding Petersburg. Ridgway, Homann states that Henry has arrived, referring to Private Henry C. Ridgway , likely husband or son to Mrs. Henry Ridgway was returning to the camp after an apparent illness.Homann had built a hut for their winter quarters in the meantimeI left a place in view for him when I built it. Homann did his best to care for Ridgway, who was very weak and thin, with delicacies like codfish balls for dinner, which Homann made himself. I bake, cook, and fry anything, he wrote.
HDS doesnt have any record of Homanns discharge, but the show Ridgway survived the war and mustered out with the regiment in June 1865. The letter was written on two pages of a 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 bifolium sheet.
It is in very good condition with light foxing and toning. Again I must write to you with great gladness.Henry has arrived here last night. I was very glad to see him. I took him in to new Winter Quarters in which I left a place in view for him when I built it, but he is very weak and thin, but I guess he will soon get stronger. We live first rate here. Him and I had codfish balls for dinner, which I made myself. He thought that they were very good and he eat a hardy dinner and we will [have] dough for supper.
I bake, cook, and fry anything. We pay 6 1/2 cents per lb for flour. A register letter does too long in Washington before we get it. I spoke to our Captain to save him a little from Duty until he gets a little stronger.I got the right side of our Officers. Then Henry & I can live first rate. Send my boots with our Christmas box and better send Henry a pair too. I received your box on Friday morning.
I was very much pleased with it and got everything all right. And I will pay you for all your trouble when I get back. Hoping this war wont last much longer. Please see my other items for more interesting Civil War letters, documents, and images. The item "Civil War Letter 199th Pennsylvania Hoping this war won't last much longer" is in sale since Thursday, November 14, 2019.
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