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Description: In this poignant and descriptive letter, devoid of punctuations, Pvt. George H. Van Dusen (1845-1905) of the NY 2nd Veteran Cavalry, writes from Warrington, Florida, to his wife, Emma, who lives in Warren County, NY. He informs his “dear wife” of his base camps, “as we came into the harbor there was fort pickens on the right fort baroness on the left and fort Mc Ray in front we are about 40 miles in the rear of Mobile”; about their terrible loss of 500 soldiers the previous day; that “the water is good and have plenty to eat”; about the cost of flour ($4.00) and beef ($4/lb.), “things they will have to give up soon or starve.” The weather is unbearable, hot and rainy, and he dislikes the chances of more fighting; he hopes “that they [confederates] will have made up their minds to [sic] to give up without fighting I hope that this war will end before long so that I can come home and see you again.” He has a year and a half of service remaining, but says, “I don’t call that long for time goes off fast to me.” He asks Emma to pray for him and “keep up good courage.” The letter is dated March 12, 1865.

He writes on both sides of an 8” x 10” sheet of ruled paper bearing the embossed seal of the capitol. Item #AM00264

Condition: Lightly soiled in the lower right, mailing fold lines. Generally in very good condition with clear and easily readable handwriting. Includes postally used transmittal envelope with a March 15th New Orleans cancellation.