Like Grass before the Scythe: The Life and Death of Sgt William Remmel 121st NY Infantry
By William Remmel
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Sixty seven There at the moment are brothers out of our relatives within the military ﬁghting, as i do know i've been, for a central authority and nation that i admire and [for] which i'm prepared to conflict one other 12 months. i'm keen to conflict one other yr for while, if I reside, i'm hoping to work out this bloody conflict closed and an honorable peace declared. How chuffed you'd be if you happen to may see Charley and William go back domestic jointly in the subsequent year, no matter if I may still hold with me 2 extra scars than now are upon my limbs. And even if we won't pass domestic jointly, i'm hoping, whether it is God’s Will, we are going to all meet back on the expensive domestic i like loads.
Yet i'm going to write not more at the present, so stable evening to you all. could this ﬁnd you all good back. out of your faraway son, Wm. Remmel Camp of the 121st Regiment close to Hazel River, Va. February 1st, 1864 My pricey mom and dad, I once again take pen in hand to write down a number of traces to you. i'd have written you prior to, yet I had written Charley two times and given him all of the information, so i assumed that it'd be pointless to jot down you. there's yet little information from this military at the moment, of an army personality. every thing is quiet on the entrance.
26 we don't anticipate to stay for much longer in our cozy iciness tents, for we have a good paintings prior to us once the elements will enable it to be carried via. it's the bloody paintings of destroying Lee’s military, so as to reason an ocean [of ] blood to be spilled on each side. all of us are conscious of this and we all know that millions must lay down their lives within the subsequent conflict to be fought, but this doesn't make us falter just for a second, for we're certain to win and win we are going to. enable the fee be what it could actually.
Eleven. Morgan, Centennial historical past of Newport, 14, 19–22; James Logan Morgan, ed. , Di- Notes to Pages 134–135 / 169 rectories of the cities and Villages of Jackson County, Arkansas, June 1880 (Newport, Ark. : James Logan Morgan, 1973), three; Remmel, “Harmon L. Remmel,” 10–11. 12. built to deal with the casualties from the 1864 spring offensives, the depot medical institution at urban aspect, Virginia, used to be positioned on the junction of the James and Appomattox rivers with entry to railroad strains for evacuating sufferers to hospitals within the North.
His humans don't need to fear approximately him. Charley Tomkins is usually in poor health and has been risky, yet is improving. the entire different boys, i think, are good. Jake Pram, who lived close to the South schoolhouse, shot himself within the hand approximately 2 weeks in the past whereas the regiment was once out on wooden. His hand needed to be taken off. he'll quickly go back domestic. 18 approximately one week in the past I had the excitement of seeing Alphonzo Casler, who had simply come from domestic. the lads that observed him have been all chuffed to fulfill him and a hearty strong shake we had too.