Pamunkey River, Va
May 30th 1864
Your kinde letters are at hand and thay ware most gladly read. We have just got a chance to send a letter out for the first time in a grate while and there is not no certainty of this going out in two weaks and five days longer. But I thought I would write you a few lines. My health is good and so is Georges. We had some some hard marches and long ones but I have stood it will better than I had expected. The worst thing that troubles me is my feat and thay get soure soon. I have sean some very nice land and some very plesant places. We lay now about 12 milds frome hanover junction and some 7 miles frome the white house. Oure army are on the move. They have advanced some 4 milds frome here to day.
I think that by the fourth of July the fall of Richimond must be as sure thing, at least I think so. Well Huldah I shall have to stop for this time. Oh George wants you to tell you to send him a quarter of a pound of green tea as we don’t have any now in the army. We have had hard times to get rations for some time back but I think that we will have better faire now than what we have had.
I saw uncle Jack about two weaks ago. He was well. We can here the cannon fire to day, the first in some time.
My love to all who care to enquire. Hoping I may here frome you aganie soon.
I remain as ever
Wm. H. Lunn
Give my love to mother and father and reserve a above for your self
William Lunn was 18 and from Bradford County, PA. He was serving in the 50th NY Engineers with his 28 year old brother George. They had enlisted in January of '64. By the time young Lunn had written this letter he had been through the worst of the Overland Campaign. The 50th was primarily involved in building bridges and constructing fortifications, in many cases exposed to enemy fire. This letter was written as the army was on the move towards Cold Harbor, just after Spotsylvania and North Anna.
Lunn would serve out the war with his brother, being discharged in June of 1865. He returned to Windham, Bradford County, PA and eventually married and had at least three children. He farmed for most of his life and died in 1919. He is buried at Valley Home Cemetery in Windham, PA