Photograph of Nathan Church, April 9, 1865
Camp near Petersburg, VA. Aug. 6th, 1864 Dear Brother, I have written home once before this week and send you a Harpers Monthly exhibiting the scenes and describing the place where you met me about a year ago under circumstances which made me more happy to see you then I had ever been before at meeting you.
Harewood Hospital February 12th 1864 Dear Sister, I received your kind letter of January 21st today and was very glad to hear from you and that you were all well. I am not very well at present but I am gaining fast. I am in the hospital at Washington. I have been here about two weeks. I have been examined but do not know yet what will be done with me. I shall try to get a furlough as soon as I am able to get around.
HEAD QUARTERS COMPANY D, [“E Pluribus Unum”] 26th REGIMENT MICHIGAN VOLNNT’S INFANTRY Camp near BRANDY STATION VA. Feb 9th 1864 Dear Uncle I recieved your letter last night and was glad to hear from you am well as usual I was sorry to hear that you had been so sick but glad you are better again. We have been having very fine weather but it is cold now
Camp near Kelley’s Ford Nov the 10th, 1863 Dear Friends, Again the bright dawn is a shining on the 26th in the valley below the mountains, the Rapidan and the Rappahannock. I saw one of the most beautiful scenes this morning that I think I ever saw in my trails and I have seen a good portion of seven states as you soon shall see.
October 30th, 1863 Well, I must write you a few more lines this morning after we have had a brigade drill of three hours long. I had got a camp journal and I shall send it out with mail that will go this evening. It tells some of our camps in Virginia and other places and our tramp through the state of New York and the city.
Camp in the Woods Headquarters 1st Brigade, 1st Division 2nd Corps. Oct the 29th, 1863 Dear Father & Mother & sisters. I sent you a few lines yesterday and last night after dark a spell as I lay on my bed a talking with Will. The orderly came with the mail and then there was I around each man eager to hear from his home. They called off several names and finally George’s name was called over three times.
Troy New York Sept the 6th, 1863 Dear Father and Mother I have just received a good letter from you and I was glad to hear from you. But I am sorry to hear that father was sick but I hope that this will find him better. You said that he was out of his head some of the time and he thought that I wouldn’t notice him.
Headquarters 26 Regt July the 17th/63 Dear friends, We are now in the City of Philadelphia We got here this morning about eight o’clock. I must go. We will see New York tonight. Good by
Camp Alexandria April the 2nd, 1863 How do you do every body? We are all well. George, how do you get along? I am well and tough as a hickory knot. Glad to hear it George. Well, father, I don’t know as I can write you much of a letter this time. I wrote you the other day. I presume you will get two or three letters together this time.
March 1, 1863 Camp near Alexandria, Va Dear Friend Chalker. I take my pen to write a few lines to you. I am well and hope these few lines will find you the same and Esther too. It has been some time since I heard from Esther and I would like to hear from her very much. I was on provost guard yesterday.
Alexandria, VA February 21st 1863 Friends at home and why not I. Why that is a great question to ask you why I ain’t at home. Because you are interested at fighting for the niggers. No not so much to fight for the union and not for them it be niggers. Well enough of that by the by. How do you all get along now days dear folks at home? I suppose you are all well.