Letter from Benjamin P. Addelman, Co. C, from Washington D.C., dated May 12, 1863

Benjamin P. Addelman, Venango Grays, Co. C, 10th PA Reserves,
May 12th 1863 [Source Unknown]

Bairacks East Capitol Hill
Washington City DC
May the 12th 63

Dear Sister

It is with pleasure that I take my pen in hand to let you know that I am well at present hoping these few lines may find you all enjoying the same blessing of health. I receive your welcome letter yesterday and wa glad to hear that the folks were all getting along so well. there has been nothing going on here for some time worth notice we are campt in the city now we are handy the Capitol we are doing guard duty in town and guarding the rebles that are in prison there has been a great many prisoners fetched to Washington from the army of the Potimack I helpt to fetch 795 rebls from the wharf the other day to prison. I have not got much news from home for some time the last letter I received was from Lucinda they were all well when she wrote. John Welsh has returned to the Co but he is not on duty yet he can tell how times are in Butler Co. I think he has been yarning to your folks a little about me and some more in the Co. I have not seen Lindley for three weeks there regiment is campt at a little town by the name of Vienna about twelve miles from the City. I am glad Pap has got his lumber home safe tell me what kind of lumber it is and what it is for I knew the first he got at Barrs was plank for the barn floors but I did not understand what kind this last was. I would like to be at home this summer to work I am about tired laying around camp playing soldier it is such lazy work although we ought to be contented to stay where we are at present for we are in better Buildings now then we have ever been in yet they are regular barracks that we are in it is all filt of in bunks too men in a bunk Meyers Ecebarger and I bunk together the …… story of the building is the cook house we get our grub cooked for us now but last winter we puled …. our watr and was our own waiters well I believe I have yarned enough about that write soon more tell me all the news and how old Lazy Sacketts is getting if there is no hopes of his recovery kill his dog and get in a lawsuit with him and he will soon get well write soon I send my respects to you all getting more but still remains your brother.

[10th Reg’t., Co. C]