The Civil War Letters of Thomas McElroy
Co. I, 114th NYSV

April 23, 1865

                                 Tenly Town D.C.
                                          April 23 1865
My Dear Wife
          I recvd your last evening dated 16th & was as usual pleased
to hear that you were well.  You will Se by the heading of this letter
that we have moved again & and I am happy to Say that we are on the retreat
towards home but whether we will get there before our time is out I
do not know.  This little place is Six miles from Washington.  We
Started from our other camp last Thursday   marched to the Depot one
mile & went aboard the cars & rode to Washington   arrived there Friday
11 A.M. & in after noon marched to the above named place.  The whole
Division are here.  We were ordered here by the War department & as
near as I can find out we are to Stay here in camp about ten days &
then if we are not wanted to do any more fighting we will be Sent home
or do garison duty here.  I have this from good authority   you may Se
Something of us moveing before this reaches you.  We camped on this
Same ground last July the first night after we landed from New Orleans
We will be Satisfide to Serve the remainder of our time in one of those
forts where they have good barracks or we would not resent it if we
were discharged next month.  There is one thing certain the Goverment
will not keep us one day when they think we are not needed & there is
a good many Vetren Regts & the non Vetrens will be discharged before they
will.  There is two Regts. in our Brigade 29th & 15th, Me.  The 116th
N.Y. are also in our Brigade   Their time is out the Same time ours is.
One week from to day is muster day again & with my two months back pay
there is due me Six months beside last years clothing bill which is
$27.55   So if we are paid up to first of May I will get $123.55 but
we may not be paid only up to first of March.  We have had a very cold
month so far & to day is very cold   we have to build a fire to keep warm
I tell the boys we had better go north where it is warmer.  Our Regt only
numbers three hundred.  There is not a Regt in the valley that bears
a better Name for fighting than the 114th.  It makes me fell Sad to Se
our Regimental Flag draped in mourning as well as all the rest of them.
While we were comeing to Washington we met the train that was conveying
our lamented Presidents body.  The South will find out that they
have lost their best friend.
It does not seem as if it could be So when I think of it   I think the
Murdrers will be captured.
I must close.  Much love to you my Dear & to Chanty & Remember me
as ever your Affectionate Husband & Pa.
                                         Thos McElroy

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