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William Wallace van Amber
Civil War Diaries & Letters


Letter dated September 4th, 1864

Letter Dated 09/04/64

Sept. 4th 1864
Harewood Hospital, ward 28

Dear and beloved wife

Once more I sit down to write a few lines to you. I am as well as can be expected. Received your kind letter yesterday and was glad to hear that you was so well. I think I shall have to come home again when you get sick again and sleep with you. It seems to have done you good. Oh what would I give to be there this Sunday morning to sit beside you and feel you sitting by my side but I am afraid that it will be a long time before we have that happiness. I did have some hopes the other day that I would soon be with you again but they are all gone now. Last Monday my doctor

Letter Dated 09/04/64

(no it was not my doctor, he was gone away) recommended me for an examination for the front. I was examined by Bonticou, the surgeon in charge, he sent me back Tuesday. Our doctor came and recommended me for a discharge. Old Dorsey examined me and said he would put me in the veteran reserve corps. The next day our doctor came round again to see me. I told him what Dorsey said and he examined me again and told the ward master to put me down for a discharge again and have me examined by Bonticou, but it is no go, I shall have to go into the invalid corps and try it awhile but I shall do my best to get a discharge.

I have not heard from Tom or any but your own dear self since I came back.

Letter Dated 09/04/64

I am sorry to hear that the boys have enlisted. Little do they know what they will have to suffer if this cruel war goes on but I am in hopes that there will be a change and they won't have to do any fighting. I shall have another examination this week. Then I shall know what to expect. My doctor will do all he can for me. He is a (Masonic) brother, but I am getting along so well that I don't expect any better than the veteran reserve. There I don't think of any more to write this time so I will say good by. Write often for it does me good to hear from you.

No more this time
Yours ever and faithfully