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  1. Richardson, Joseph D.
    [Letter] [18]63 May 22, Camp near Suffolk, VA [to] Mother / JD Richardson.
    Richardson confesses to his mother, "Your boy is not well and I am affraid will not be soon for I cannot get any medicine down here for they have none... I cannot eat any thing as it passis right through me, and am giting very weak." If she can spare it, he asks her to please send him ginger, Aunty's linement and three pints or two quarts of whiskey "to strengthen me and kill the [matter?]." Richardson relates that the Regiment was fired on while marching and someone was taken prisoner and sent to Richmond. He will send an account of the raid; he senses that they are on the edge of a big fight. Richardson served with the Beverly, NJ 10th Regiment of Infantry Volunteers during the Civil War; he enlisted in 1861, was promoted to first sergeant on May 4, 1864, and died at Cedar Creek, Virginia on November 7, 1864 of wounds received while foraging.
  2. Richardson, Joseph D.
    [Letter] 1863 August 9, Camp Val[?] [to] Mother/ Jos. Richardson.
    Richardson has written an epigraph to the letter, including the verse "There is no place like Home." Richardson describes his restlessness and his poor health. He wonders what they're doing at home, and he explains, "A fellow can think of a good many things when he's away and an infinity when he is sick." He wonders how pleasant it is in that beautiful place because it is beautiful compared to what he's seen, but he then reflects that if he were there he probably wouldn't be satisfied anyway. He requests that Mother burn this letter once it's read. Richardson served with the Beverly, NJ 10th Regiment of Infantry Volunteers during the Civil War; he enlisted in 1861, was promoted to first sergeant on May 4, 1864, and died at Cedar Creek, Virginia on November 7, 1864 of wounds received while foraging.
  3. Richardson, Joseph D.
    [Letter] [18]64 January 31, Hazelton, Carbon County, PA [to] My Dear Mother / [Richardson].
    Richardson states that he arrived at Head Quarters on Friday, well and hearty but tired of traveling. He didn't get to see Aunt Sue in Reading nor did he get "to see my little Amelia for she had not got home when I got down." There's bad weather-- ice and sleet. He observes that the regiment won't get home until June or July, and relates that he rode 20 miles recently. He speculates that "You would laugh if you was to see the crowd that is in the room were I am writing there is six beside myself and they are all singing making comic speaches and all poking their fun at me to stop me from writing." Richardson served with the Beverly, NJ 10th Regiment of Infantry Volunteers during the Civil War; he enlisted in 1861, was promoted to first sergeant on May 4, 1864, and died at Cedar Creek, Virginia on November 7, 1864 of wounds received while foraging.
  4. Richardson, Joseph D.
    [Letter] [18]64 June 26, Alexandria, Sickle Barriks Hospital [to] Mother / Joseph D. Richardson.
    Richardson states that he is sending money and a blanket he got at the White House, a coat, and something from the battlefield at Spottsylvania which he promised to Amelia. He is sending a blank book from the same place where he was wounded at Cole Harbor. He mentions that he had a letter from Rat and that they're all well and haven't seen any fighting, though the 2nd Sgt was killed the day after Richardson left and one man was wounded. The boys are anxious to have him back in the regiment this week. He recommends that Aunty should go somewhere and spend the summer "where she would not be all the time thinking and worrying about me." Richardson served with the Beverly, NJ 10th Regiment of Infantry Volunteers during the Civil War; he enlisted in 1861, was promoted to first sergeant on May 4, 1864, and died at Cedar Creek, Virginia on November 7, 1864 of wounds received while foraging.
  5. Richardson, Joseph D.
    [Letter] [18]64 July 30, Alexandria, Sickel Hospital [to] Mother / Joseph D. Richardson.
    Richardson sympathizes with his mother's illness, and tells her "it is useless for you to worry about me for I always do as well and a great deal better then those who are in the same ocupation. I always have friends wherever I go and always can get along if anyone can, even here" although he admits it is "a mean place." Now, though, he has plenty to eat and it is better than it was at first. He went up to Washington on Thursday and saw Captain Scott wounded (in Maryland) in the hospital at Georgetown. The Regiment was in Maryland but went to deal with "raders" by Chambersburg. He asks his mother to tell Amelia to have his share of apricots, and shares the hope that he will rejoin the regiment when it is paid again. He discusses mutual friends, exchanging news about an upcoming marriage. He goes on to reveal, "I begin to want to get home again now... I only hope that Grant will be able to take Richmond this fall." Richardson served with the Beverly, NJ 10th Regiment of Infantry Volunteers during the Civil War; he enlisted in 1861, was promoted to first sergeant on May 4, 1864, and died at Cedar Creek, Virginia on November 7, 1864 of wounds received while foraging.
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