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Civil War Letter from William G. Crow


The following letter was transcribed by Doris Crowe Greaves

Submitted Sunday, March 26, 2006

This a sad letter from my Great-Grandfather who was in 85th PA Co E. He died Aug 30, 1862 at David's Island (New Rochelle, NY) from disease, having been sent there from Harrison's Landing. I had it in an "older" font but it changed. Copied verbatim. I've never been able to find his parents... 

A letter from William G Crow, Grandpa William Lee
Crowe's grandfather, who married Mary Chaney of
Washington Co. Pennsylvania. He died August 30, 1862
in the Civil War.

    in this is enclosed a family keep sake  it is your
husbands likeness Mary Crow and the fater of them deer
Children of mine Never let another put it in pocket

February  th  3  teens                         1862           
head quarters  fort good hope

My beloved Wife and loveing Children.  it is with
pleasure that i take my pen in hand to inform you that
i am well and hope that these few lines may find you
all in the same health.   i have not herd from you My
beloved Companion since the 26 of January and it seems
like a year since   their must bee something wrong
someway   i hope that you have not forgot mee Mother
i dreamed      nigh that i was wheir you were and you
   bottom of page torn off
reverse side of page    Reason why i neve think that you
spek to me is so strange i now that you would speek to
me if i could come home   Mother o Mother  how do you
think that i felt when i had all this on my mind  it
tore every nerve in me although it is but a dream  all
that i can doo is to pray to god to bless you and
protect you in my absens  Mother my wish is that i may
return to My beloved family and their end my days and
if it is not gods will that i am to die at home i
would like to see you all once more and talk to you a
while before i die but i think       bottom of page
torn off
    Come to me for i think that a drink of water Mother
from you or one of my deer Children would do me more
good than one from a Cold Stranger  and i would like
to se you and bless you before i die and obtain pardon
from your own lips and kiss you in my death strugel 
i apeers to me that it would make my path smooth to a
land of spirits  Mother at this time i am in as good
health as i halve been for a long time   tomorrow i
will take my plaise in ranks to drill but i halve not
to drill when i am sick   that Camp story about them
200 sesesh at the 8 ridgment is fals   it is not safe
to rite Camp storeys but this is true that one of hour
ridgement on the 2 got on a scout a secesh Cavelry
gard he found it standing by a bush and brought it in
Camp   it caused some alarm
reverse side of page
that one thing i wanted to no was about your health 
that is answered but Mother the golden locket inclosed
in this leter will teach you against you get yours
likeness on the other side it will when it is closed
show you what i meen  i meen we heir one  here and i
want to meet you all Mother in heaven   My deer
Children strive to enter in at the strait gate that we
may halve each other society their where we will never
part no more    i want you all to rite soon  give my
best respects to buck hodgens reed McCues Mc abe and
to all my brothers and to Josia all   tell him i would
like to see him  now comes the hardest  Mother elisa
Moley frankey Amanda James Clinton and my little lamb
Wilamina   fair well to all & that god may protect you
all till we meet again  fair well & fairwell by Wm. G.
Crow to his deer wife Mary Crow


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