Bartholomew Clifford, age 20, height 5 ft. 4 1/2 in, eyes hazel, hair brown, complexion dark, born in Ireland, occupation laborer. Enlisted as "William Shay", at Rochester, NY, to serve three years, and mustered in as private, Co. G, 76th NY Volunteer Infantry, August 5, 1863; missing in action, May 5, 1864, at the Wilderness, Va.; supposed to be a prisoner of war; no further record. He was a substitute for John H. Jeffries.
Thomas Clifford and his second wife lived in Buffalo, NY. He was the father of Bartholomew and the following children were living at home in 1864; Mary, aged 14; and Patrick, aged 12 years.
Camp near Culpeper Va.
April 22nd 1864
Dear Mr. Clifford
I write you these few lines and I hope they will find you and Family quite well as this leaves me at present. I have sent 20 dollars to Eliza for you by Express. I hope it will reach there safe and be of some benefit to you. is all I am able to spare at present.
I was very glad to hear that you were all well let me know how John Finell is getting along and his Family. we expect to move away from our winter quarters soon it is very warm down here at present we expect a heavy rain soon to make up for the hot weather when I am on picket I can see the Rebel camps no more at present. write soon. I have no more to write and so I will close by bidding you a good day.
From William Shay Co. G 76th Regt N.Y. S. Vol Washington D.C.
N.B. perhaps it will be quite a while before I have an oppertunity to write again as we will soon march.
This letter was transcribed by B. Conrad Bush, 1940 Reading Road, West Falls, NY, 14170; e-mail Bushresear@aol.com; from original letters found at the National Archive, Washington, DC.
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