Letter dated August 30th, 1864
Dearest and best on earth
Once more I sit down to write a few lines to you. I received your letter Monday and was glad to hear that you was all well. My health is pretty good. I was glad to hear that mother was better. I hope that she will keep so. I was examined for my regiment today but the old doctor thought that I want hardly able to go. I told him that my side pained me very bad and my back, too. He did not touch me or undress me at all he only asked me what ailed me and I told him. He told me that would do so here I am and shall probably stay here or be put in the invalid corps.
There has been a general examination here today of the ward masters, nurses and patients. They sent over 230 men out of this hospital for their regiments. We shall be mustered for pay tomorrow and will probably get it in about 2 weeks. I don't think of any more to write today.
So I shall close by saying take care of your health dear Ett and don't work too hard
yours truly and ever