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The Civil War Letters Of
Editor's Note:Again Charles has been uprooted by events and now finds himself in the most curious of locations. He writes from a small island just off the New Jersey shore of New York Harbor. His unsettled state is quite evident and longs for news from h his sister Laura. Of course, he will never know that on the very ground from which his letter was written there would be erected one of civilization’s greatest monuments – the Statue of Liberty.
I have written to you three times and have received no answers. Are you so sick that you cannot write or have you written (or) have they been never answered? Have you got my letters – I expect to come home when I came here but I think it very doubtful whether I shall come home or not. This is not a regular hospital and I cannot get a furlough without I am sent a way from here. If I am rightly informed the weather is so much cooler that I feel better than I did at Baltimore. I am better of my diarrhea which I have had for the last nine months –
Dear Sister if you are able to write I want to hear from you if not get some one to write for you.
Direct Bedlows Island
If you do not answer this letter I shall think you are not able or do not want to hear from me any more. Either of which is worse than I hope.
New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History