The letters and diaries of Lieutenant Philip R. Woodcock
121st Regiment, New York State Infantry
"Upton's Regulars"
September 4, 1862-November 9, 1865

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Prologue, part II

During Philips long three year service in the 121st Regiment NY, he wrote numerous letters to his wife, brother and other family members.  He also kept daily diaries of his activities, rations, muster rolls, location, health and other daily minutia.  As I mentioned before, there are over 600 letters in this collection from P.R. Woodcock, written lovingly and with great concern for his young wife and infant son.

"Well good bye & take care of yourself & baby -- give my love to all & send a kiss [.] Yours with much Love P.R. Woodcock."

He wrote Roby almost daily and gave witness to the events surrounding him and the feelings of not only himself, but his entire company.  His sense of humor occasionally would show through as he would recount the stories of drunken commanders and his compassion for the cause showed through as he and his company stood helpless early on in the war watching re-captured slaves being sent to the auction houses.  His very first letter to Roby on September 4, 1862 told of the difficulty  

"to see them marched off so -- one of them," "cried out, Save us! Save us!"

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