I think that I am one of the most luckey boys in the world when I look back over what I have been through without getting hurt.




Alexandria. Va.
Sept the 20. 1862

Dear mother I recived your letter last night and was glad to hear from you again. For it had been some time.  I am well and hope you are the same. you wounted me to tell you what I thought about the war. I think that it will be over by spring. We are laying hear doing nothing that is in the way of fighting but we expect to get some thing to do every day. But we can not do much in the way of fight for our ranks are thin and I think that we have dun our part of the fighting and I gess that they welle let us lay off a few days longer.  For they know that we have dun more than our part of the fighting and have had a hard time of it.  You sent said some thing about eating and I wish I could be with you and get some. For I don’t get enny to eat. But we have to put up with it. our grub is vary poor but I hope it wont last much longer. This is a pretty city whare we are now we have been in the woods most of the time sence we been out hear and I hope that we shall stay hear till we go home for it is a good place to live. some times I think that I am one of the most luckey boys in the world when I look back over what I have been through without getting hurt. That is to lay me up. I have been hit twice but keep on duty. I expect you think that time seams long to us out hear. But it is not so.  It slips away vary fast.  We have some good times and some hard times but we have been at it so long that we take it as it comes with out growling.  Mother I am sory to tell you that I’s have no money.  But I must. I have not been paid for about 5 months. And I am vary hard up myself but I hope that they pay us in a few days. And when they do I will try to do some thing for you. the order is fall in now so good bye at present. Give my love to all.

From your son
Henry M Meader
Alexandria Va

Henry Meader enlisted in June 1861 in Company G of the 11th Massachusetts Infantry from his home in Lynn at age twenty-two.  He served with the regiment at First Bull Run, Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Second Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg.  At Gettysburg he was severely wounded along the Emmitsburg Road on July 2.  In December of 1863 he was discharged on account of his wound and went home to Lynn.  His young years were short and he died in June of 1865.  Whether complications from his wounds at Gettysburg were the cause is not known.  

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