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LT: September 21, 1864 Luke Ostrye

Editor’s Note: This item is part of a collection of letters from New York engineers written while their units were at the Siege of Petersburg.  Researcher and Engineer enthusiast Dan O’Connell generously donated all of the items in this collection for use at The Siege of Petersburg Online.  These transcriptions are copyrighted by Brett Schulte and may not be used without my express written consent.  I do not have images of these letters so some errors could be from transcription or in the original.

Note: All of the Ostrye brothers’ letters were transcribed by Charlotte Smith.


My dear Father:

I and Charles are well and we keep together yet and all the rest of the French Creek boys. I lost $10.00, my overcoat and shirt on my way here. Andrew Mina lost $31.00. We did not drill any until we got here, but we are drilling now and have enough of it for this hot weather. For it is very warm here as warm as it is in July in Chautauqua Co. I sent $33.00 more at Baltimore directed to you in French Creek.
Please send me some postage stamps when you write to me.

We are not very far from Petersburg. We hear the cannon roar. We have most every day and night. We have no particular news at present.

From your son Luke Ostrye. Address Luke Ostrye: Camp City Point, Va. Co A 50th Reg. NYV1


Other Letters Written  By Luke and Charles Ostrye at the Siege of Petersburg:


  1. Ostrye, Luke. “Camp City Point Va 21 Sept 1864.” Letter to My Dear Father. 21 Sept. 1864. 15th Engineer Regiment: The Civil War Letters Of Luke And Charles Ostrye. New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center, 28 Sept. 2011. Web. 22 Dec. 2015. <http://dmna.ny.gov/historic/reghist/civil/other/15thEng/15thEng_Letters_Ostrye.htm>.
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