1863 SOLDIER LETTER – PERRY NORTON, 149TH NEW YORK INFANTRY

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1 ½ page letter in dark pencil. Overall excellent condition. Letter is dated “U.S. Hospital York Pa. / Wednesday Nov. 18”.  This letter was previously accompanied by a cover addressed to Erastus Norton, Spafford, Onondaga Co., N.Y., with a 3 cent Washington stamp, and a bullseye cancellation.

“Dear Father, I am once more in York. I got back last night. It seems like home here. I think that I shall be contented although it may get to be an old thing after a while. I do not think that I shall go the Regiment but they have got me down for the invalid corps but I do not care where they put me if they do not put me in the front. Pa, it is getting pretty cold and I have no overcoat and if you will send me $15.00 it will please me very much. Send this and I will not want any more while I am here. You had better send it by express. I do not know of anything more to write so I will close. Good By. Perry Norton.”

Perry Norton was 21 years old when he enlisted on 8/26/62 at Syracuse, as a Private. On 9/18/16 he mustered into Co. I, 149th New York Infantry. On the second day at Gettysburg, while helping to defend Culp’s Hill, he was wounded in the leg by friendly fire. After spending some time in hospitals, and finally getting the ball removed from his leg, he was furloughed to his home at the beginning of November, 1863. This is the first letter he wrote home after returning to the hospital. He was mustered out on 6/12/1865 at Bladensburg, MD.  [ld]

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