Wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg - Inventory Number: GET 300 / Sold
This letter is written to William Root, 60th Ohio Infantry, from a fellow soldier friend, Thomas J. Merrells who would be wounded in the foot at the Battle of Gettysburg. Letter was written August 16th, 1863 while convalescing at the Hospital from this wound.
He tells that he is not content in the hospital. He gets a pass every day and tours the city and hoped that they can have good time together again when the war is over and they are back home.
Philadelphia Aug 16th 1863
I received yesterday & glad to hear from here at pre I am not vary well my self & besides this is a perfect old age. I am the most untented (note: uncontented?) here of any place I have bin since I have bin in the army. I had rather be in the filed than here. They any much news here at present. I get a pass every day & take a strole over the city. I am goin out this after noon. I am goin to church this day & when I come back perhaps I can tel you some news. But no news can I find. Only that we had a terable storm of wind & rain. I hope that you injoy life as well as you used to when we was to gether. But I cant say that I do. But when I get back we will begin a new. This is all.
This is from your friend
Thomas J. Merrills:
Residence was not listed; 20 years old.
Enlisted on 8/26/1861 as a Private.
On 9/7/1861 he mustered into "C" Co. OH 29th Infantry
He was transferred out on 12/1/1863
On 12/1/1863 he transferred into Veteran Reserve Corps
(date and method of discharge not given)