Charles Goddard's Letter to his Mother, September 21, 1863
Va Sept 21st 1863
Supposing the regiment in NY I left the Broad and Cherry Street Hospital the tenth of this month and arrived at N York City about 4 oclock the morning of the 11th to find the 1st Minnesota Regt gone for Alexandria and from there the Provost Marshall sent us to Gov [Governors ]Island to await transportation, there we staid until the 16th then we embarked for Alexandria on board of the Atlantic and after a rough sail of 4 days and nights we arrived here in this distribution camp. I am quite well. Expect to stay here some 2 weeks and I think it would be safe for you to write me here.
With this short letter to show you whare I am and love to Brother Orrin I remain Your Son
Charles E. Goddard
I saw Trinity Church
City Hall Astor House
Broadway in what
Time I was in N York City. I do not
mean the inside but just the
buildings. I often had a desire
to see N York City & now I
can say I have saw it.