Civil War Period Letter 1862
Civil War Period Letter written in period ink and dated: May 11, 1862.
U.S.A. General Hospital
May 11th 1862
I got your letter this morning and was to get one from home. I am getting along well but I am pretty weak yet. But I guess that I shall get well before long. Mother wanted to know what ailed me. Well the doctor says that I have had the spring fever. I thought it was a pretty damned hard spring fever. If you could see me now, you would think that I had the spring fever. I am as poor as a crow. And I am weak but I think that I shall get well now in a little while. You said that I had better stay here as long as I can. I shall do that. I shall stay here just as long as I can. I may get detailed after a while and stay all summer and I may get sent to the regiment. Some say that the eastern soldiers are a going to be sent from here to that big hospital too. But if we get sent there I shall get almost home. But I am pretty near home now. I can go home from here in twenty four hours and it would not cost but little. But they won’t give furloughs from here now. I shall try and get one after a while. If I can I would like to be home the month of July. I guess by that time they will get Richmond taken. I expect that our folks will catch hell down there. I ain’t there and I don’t want to be and I shan’t be as long as I can keep away. I hope they will do all the fighting that they are a going to do this summer. Our old ninth corps hasn’t been in much yet. I see by the papers that old Burnsides keeps his niggers as a reserve. They ain’t good for nothing. When you write I want to have you tell me where Lawrence is and what he writes about the fighting he said when he was in Canada that he hoped was in Richmond. We was a going right straight to Richmond when he left and he got out of one hard battle but I guess he will have to stand it this time. He will have to go to Richmond this time too. Mother said that she had some stockings that she was a going to send me. I don’t want to have her send them till next winter. I can get stockings enough to wear this summer and as for a vest, I can buy one here for about three dollars. So I don’t want to have you send anything this summer. I wore that old vest till I went to Annapolis Hospital and there I lost all my clothes. They were sent off to the wash works to be washed and they have not gotten back. I lost my old overcoat and a cavalry jacket and my pants and that old shirt that Mother made. But they give me a new shirt and a pair of pants and an old dress coat. I had to buy some. I bought a cap and a cavalry jacket. I paid two dollars and fifty cents for what I bought. It wasn’t a great loss for my old clothes were poor and dirty. I want to have Mother send me a little black thread and a needle. She put a little in a letter. I got that paper you sent last night direct your next letter the same and it will come straight be sure. And put on there Ward 22. I am afraid that you will be losing some of those sheep this spring if they are dying off so fast. It would be a devilish shame if you should lose ten or fifteen good ones this spring. I guess there aren’t any dangers of them fine wool ones dying. They keep lots of sheep out here in Pennsylvania. They keep small sheep but I see a lot of them coming from Baltimore. You probably will get about a dollar a pound for your wool this summer. I should think potatoes have gotten up high enough. The apple trees has got blooms out here and winter wheat has got headed up and corn is up. Plenty of the taters you can get this spring. Where are you going to have corn this year?