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William Wallace van Amber
Civil War Diaries & Letters


Letter dated September 9th, 1864

Letter Dated 09/09/64

Sept. 9th, 1864
Harewood Hospital, ward 28 Washington, DC

Dear wife and best beloved

I received you letter just now and sit down to answer it. My health is good, that is my side don't bloat any now and I feel very well only my back is lame and I am very nervous. I have some pain in my side yet, but it is not very bad. I have not been examined for a discharge since I wrote you last, but the whole hospital was examined the other day to get all that was fit for the front. It was no go with me. We shall get our pay next week, then I can send you some money again. I spend more money here than I did to the front.

There is more of those bracelets here that I have seen. It would not cost much to send them if I could get them. There is another lot of sick and wounded coming in here, real lot of them. They came from City Point Hospital. I think it will be some time yet before they get me to do any duty if I can help it. You say that you are going a visiting. I wish I could be there to go with you. You must give my respects to them and keep all my love for yourself and Lina. There I don't think of any more to write this time so I will say goodbye, my own dear Ett

Ever yours till death