Letter – Charles Hunter, 23 December 1864

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Letter from Charles Hunter to his sister, Jane, from the Camp of the 88th PA Volunteer Infantry. Charles opens informing her of the state of his commission for 1st Lieutenant, and his hopes he will have no difficulty in it this time. He hears that she has been having a good time going to balls and dancing, and that if she were with him she’d be dancing to keep her feet warm. He tells her he has no hope of getting home for Christmas, or of having a turkey dinner, but that he has got to the point that “such things as turkey on Christmas don’t trouble me.” He wishes his friends, family, and neighbors a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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Camp of the 88th Penna Vet Vols

Dec 23 1864

Dear Jane
I received yours of the 16″ and was very glad to hear from all of you. My commission has been sent after to Andrew Curtin and I expect here by the end of this month as first Lieutenant, which I have to receive first before I can get a captains commission. Joe Lawrence the Officer in command says that there will be no trouble about it. But of course there is many a slip between the cup and the lip But I guess it will be all right this time. At least I hope so.

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So you are haveing a good time of it going to balls and dancing if you was down here you would have a good time dancing to, but it would be to get your feet warm. I think you must have been tired against you danced 21 sets on a Ball room floor. i dont think it would hardly pay for the shoe leather.
There is no hopes of getting home for Christmas but if everything goes right I suppose I will get home some time though this winter I will let you know as soon as I get the commission as I will want something sent down in a box, that is if the paymasters come along this way.
The day after tomorrow is Christamas and never a sign of turkey. But I have got so that such things as turkey on Christamas dont trouble me.

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I suppose you will get this on Christmas so I send all of you a Merry Christmas and if you dont hear from me again before New Years day a Happy new year. I did not get the letter that Goodwillie sent of yours but I got the one from Kate Robinson. Which I will answer at the soonest opportunity. With my respects to all, friends & neighbors and my love to Father Mother Lizzie Maggie Sallie & yourself


I remain
Your Affectionate Brother
Charles Hunter


Charles Hunter was born c. 1840, the son of Irish immigrants living in Philadelphia, PA. He mustered into the Union Army on August 31, 1861 with the 88th PA Volunteers. He was promoted to corporal January 1, 1862 and re-enlisted in February, 1864 when his initial service term went up. At some point he was promoted to sergeant, and then to 1st Lieutenant on January 16, 1865. He was wounded at Spotsylvania Court House, and resigned June 12, 1865.

Letter – Charles Hunter, 25 December 1862

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Letter written by Charles Hunter to his mother while staying at Patterson Park Hospital in Baltimore, MD as a patient. Since he has been at the hospital, he has been passing nothing from his bowels but blood. He has recently been moved from a tent into one of the hospital wards. The food is much better now that he’s been moved. He has been eating corn starch and mush. Today he got chicken and soup and rice pudding. He wishes all of his family a Merry Christmas.


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Patterson Park Hospital

                                Christmas day. 1862

Dear Mother

                I received your letter the other day and was glad to hear that you sent the money so soon but then a person don’t know everything I wrote a letter to Washington to the nurse the same day that I wrote the first letter to you from here and I have not received the money yet from there But I received a letter to day from the nurse which I enclose in this and in it he says as much there had not been any letter received there yet for me. But maybe it had not got there yet when he wrote to me let me know what day you sent the letter. I have been pretty bad since I have been here I have been passing nothing from my bowels but blood. The doctor has put me in one of the wards

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And I am now getting better than I was. The food I got was not fit for a well man while I was in the tents here but since I have moved in the ward it is a great deal better. They have been giveing me corn starch and mush and to day for dinner I had some chicken and soup and rice pudding so I feel a great deal better. They feed the men in the wards very good. Tell Jeffries that I wish him a merry Christmas and also Mrs Hayes and family. With a merry Christmas to you and all the family I will close from

                                Your Affectionate Son

                                                Charles Hunter

Tell Sallie that I think she ought to be able to write me a letter now and tell me how she spent her Christmas


Charles Hunter was born c. 1840, the son of Irish immigrants living in Philadelphia, PA. He mustered into the Union Army on August 31, 1861 with the 88th PA Volunteers. He was promoted to corporal January 1, 1862 and re-enlisted in February, 1864 when his initial service term went up. At some point he was promoted to sergeant, and then to 1st Lieutenant on January 16, 1865. He was wounded at Spotsylvania Court House, and resigned June 12, 1865.