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The captain was kind enough to give us a pass for Washington today. We walked to the city. Sidney and I attended the theatre at night and were arrested by the patrol and finally lodged in guardhouse.
Well here we are confined with about one hundred and fifty prisoners. I think we shall be released though this morning. I guess when they catch me again they will know it.
Received a pass from the Provost Marshall today at two o’clock and returned home glad to escape from the loathsome station house.
Reference: Tierney, J. (2007). 1861 Civil War Diary of Private Alfred Covell Woods.
Edmond (Edmund) Clarkson served as a Private in Co. A., 62nd NYSV. He transferred to the US Signal Corps at Poughkeepsie, N.Y. in March, 1863 and continued to serve in the Army of the Potomac. His postwar address is recorded as 115 Broadway, New York City N.Y.
Reference: Tierney, J. (2006). Roster of the 62nd NYSV Anderson Zouaves. Unpublished.
Dec. 2nd 1861
My Dr. Wife & Children
I hope this will meet you in good health as I am at Present Thank God I hope that you will excuse me for not writing more Constant But believe me if you were to know the duties imposed on a Soldier in War times you would not have blamed me Let one know next letter how you and the children is getting along As it is impossible for me to get a Furlough during the forth coming Holidays Let me know the Coal, Wood, and Provsions in New York and also how the neighbors is getting along May God Bless you and my children Until I see you again no more as I am going on duty But write soon and give my love to the children and My Dr wife you accept the same and I remain with Gratitude and Respect your Aff’t husband
62nd Reg’t Anderson’s Zouaves N.Y.S.V.
Camp Tenley, Washington, D. C., or Elsewhere
Write often, as you know I cannot write when I please Direct to Camp Tenley, Tenleytown,
Washington, D. C. to the above address
For biographical information on Thomas Flynn, please see:
Austin Chapman enlisted as a Private in Co. A. He was killed in action, age 19, at Salem Church Road.
Additional information supplied by Howard Beaudet (Phoenix AZ, USA), a descendant of Austin Chapman’s sister.