2 Letters with Drawings from Sergt. George J. Sager, Company I, 149th New York Infantry – Acquia Creek, Va., January 28th & 29th, 1863
In these two letters by George Sager, he first writes his mother on January 28th, 1863 and then his sister on the 29th. In the first letter he draws a cute picture of his “old boots” and his “new boots”. In the second letter he draws a picture of “our house”. Together these two drawings are great for display!
Here is the content of the letters:
Letter #1: Acquia Creek Landing Jan. 28, ’63
• Dear Mother I recd you kind letter last night with $2 which I did not expect. I was very sorry to hear of your suffering but was again made glad by the tidings that you were recovering.
• We are at last settled again in winter quarters where we will stay for some time, I am quite sure, as our Regt. is detailed to work at the landing. Our camp is in a pleasant place about half a mile from the landing. Mort Birdseye, Lisher (Elisha) George and I have got a nice little log house with a good fireplace and bunk, just built by some old soldiers who had to leave here, and although it is cold, snowy, rainy and disagreeable day outdoors, we are comfortable within.
• Mort is washing dishes & preparing a beef stew. Lisher is reading a book, & I am writing, of course. I wish you could lift up the canvas we have for a door & look in on us. You would be satisfied, but it is not always so.
• We have just completed 6 days as hard marching as soldiers ever see. The 2nd day of our march we traveled 18 miles with 3 days’ rations in our haversacks, 60 rounds of ammunition in our boxes and heavy knapsacks, blankets, and so that is what I call hard marching.
• The 3rd, 4th & 5th day it rained all the while, and we could make but 3 or 4 miles a day, and that by hard marching. The 4th day we had to go back 2 or 3 miles after rations, cold and wet, and our blankets and things soaked, made them a great deal heavier, but it is all over now, and my health and spirits are as good and better than ever, and to top all, yesterday we got our first two months’ pay, and all is joy in camp.
• I BOUGHT ME A GOOD PAIR OF BOOTS, AND YOU WILL SEE WHY IN THE PICTURE, and a good knife, and we now have a good coffee pot and very well rigged all round.
• But I should like a box from home, first rate, and it will come direct to us. Please send me a good 3 quarts’ pail for boiling in, as we cannot find anything of the kind here. Anything in the way of dried fruit or preserves would be acceptable. Anything will be thankfully received from home.
• But I must now close as it is near mail time. Give my love to all. Tell Emmy I have just read her letter, and I will soon write her one with a picture in it. Goodbye for the present. From your affectionate son, George
• P. S. Mother, let me know if you get your allotment money. You should get $20.
[Drawing here of “old boots” and “new boots.”]
Letter #2: Acquia Creek Landing, Va. Jan. 29th, 1863
• Dear Sister, George Collins handed me your letter some 3 or 4 days ago, but I have not had any good opportunity till the present. Today I am all alone in our little log shanty.
• Mort Birdseye has gone to Falmouth, some 10 miles from here, on the Railroad to see his brother. The old 12th and 122nd are near them, and I think I shall go down and see the boys in a few days. We can get a pass from the Colonel and ride on the cars for nothing. Lisher (Elisha) George is down on the landing looking for a “shoe tinker” to get his boots mended.
• I have just come up from the landing and my haversack hangs just back of me on a peg filled with cookies and cheese. That is high living here, but I am getting so that I can eat my 10 hard tacks a day and salt pork and like it, where at home it would have made me sick as a dog.
• Last night we had 7 or 8 inches of snowfall. It has rained and snowed for the last 4 or 5 days, but this morning it cleared up and the sun came out quite warm, and now very little of the snow is left.
• WE HAVE A SNUG LITTLE SHANTY AND DID NOT MIND THE WEATHER MUCH. I WILL TRY TO GIVE YOU A PICTURE OF OUR SHANTY ON THE OTHER SIDE.
• Mort being away, I am acting Orderly. It will soon be time to get the party out for night work on the landing, so I must close. Give my love to Mother and all at home. I am not at all homesick and am very well contented, but do not love the dear ones at home any the less but more than ever. Remember me to all, from your Brother, George
• Tell them to direct my box: Sergt. George J. Sager Care Lieut. Collins Co. I 149th Regt. N. Y. S. Vol. Acquia Creek Landing, Va.
[Under the drawing of the shanty, it reads: “Our House”]
Letters that have soldier art are always very desirable, and these 2 drawings are especially cute.
#L752NY.1-63 – Price for the pair of letters $395