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Amanda Leigh-Ann Paige 
Amos Pierce's Great Great Great Granddaughter 

(Amos was in the New York 5th Cavalry, "Ira Harris Guard". He enrolled on Oct 
1, 1861 in Crown Point New York.) 

New Yorke City 
                  June 1/65
Col J  Hammond
Col
I adress you these true lines asking your advice i am here at the Batary Baracks
a waiting For my Discharge & i Don't no But i Shall haf to wate until Same Time 
next fall i was up to the Offise the other Day to See Something about it & thay 
gave me to understand that i cold get my Discharge if I had 25 dollars to give 
them & if not i mite wate until such times as thay Felt Disposed to Give it to 
me So i vary planely told them that i wold See them all in Hell Before i Wold 
Do that & came away & left them at that
Thay afford me a pass for 20 Days to go Home. 
I don't no But I had better Get a Pass & Come up to Crown Point & Go to Worke 
until I Can get my Discharge For i am here Without my money & am as Lonsom as 
i Possibly can be so if you think that i Can Get an ok of some sorte i Will 
come up thar than thay will give me a pass as long as I want i wish you wold 
let me no what you think a bout the mater. 
Very Respect Yours

Amos Pierce 
Co. H. 5th N Y Cav
Batary Baracks, NY

The following is a corrected spelling and grammar version.
New York City
June 1, 1865 
Col. Hammond
Col,
 I address you these true lines asking your advice. I am here at the 
Battery Barracks awaiting for my discharge & I don't know but I shall 
have to wait until some time next fall. I was up to the office the other 
day to see something about it and they gave me to understand that I 
could get my discharge if I had 25 dollars to give them and if not I 
might wait until such times as they felt disposed to give it to me. 
So I very plainly told them that I would see them all in Hell before 
I would do that & I came away & left them at that. 
They afforded me a pass for 20 days to go home.
I don't know but I had better get a pass & come up to Crown Point & go
 to work until I can get my discharge, for I am here without my money 
& am as lonesome as I possibly can be. So if you think that I can get 
an ok of some sort, I will come up there they will give me a pass as 
long as I want. I wish you would let me know what you think about 
the matter. 
Very Respect Yours
Amos Pierce
Co H. 5th N.Y. Cav
Battery Barracks