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The Civil War Letters Of
Editor's Note: On April 25th 1863, Charles writes to his sister Laura from the location of the Smoketown hospital for the last time. Because she represents the only connection to home, family and friends in Westernville, the letters he receives from her are a central part of his existence. In a gesture of appreciation he composes a poem representing his feelings toward her kindnesses. Although a few sentences at the end of the original document have been lost – the letter does reflect the feelings of severely wounded, lonesome and hospital confined Civil War soldier.
I wrote to you sometime a go but have received no answers - are (you) sick or why do you not write? This hospital is about to be broken up and perhaps I may be sent home but you must not put to much hopes in my coming home. But, if I should come home I should be there next month. I hope you are well but your health was so poor when you wrote that I am afraid you’re sick.
Those that are going from this Hospital are going to Fredrick about twenty miles from here. Some twenty five or thirty went yesterday and more are going Monday.
The weather here is fine to day and the fields are green –
Dearest Sister please (do) not (loose) your hopes on things of time for soon we will leave them far behind. In the moments that now fly let us prepare to live and dye for who among us now may say how quickly we may pass away ----
New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History