Letter by James W. Vanderhoef, February 14, 1864
Transcription of letter written by James W. Vanderhoef, from Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, who fought in the Union Army from 1861 through 1865. Please note spelling variations and errors are his.
"Libby Prison, Richmond Va
Sunday Feb 14th 1864
By the mail yesterday I received your letter of Jan 26th. I am happy to hear that it left you and family well. we are allowed to write only one letter per week, that to contain only six lines, so I must make it short. I see by the papers that our Regt. is expected home in a few days. Henry will have a fine time. I should like to be with him. I am looking for word from Jennie. I have wrote her several times. I am happy to hear father is well. Love to all, write soon. I am well,
Your Affectionate Brother
James W. Van Der Hoef
Capt. 45th Regt. N.Y. Vols."
For more on Libby Prison, see Documents 57, 63, and 72.
Other suggested Web sites:
Historical Sketch of the 45th (http://www.dmna.state.ny.us/historic/reghist/civil/infantry/45thInf/45thInfHistSketch.htm)
Citation - Document 62
Letters of Captain James W. Vanderhoef
February 14, 1864
Brooklyn Public Library – Brooklyn Collection