3 years ago#1
Taylor
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David Stephey, Union, 7th Infantry, Washington, D.C.

Columbian College Hospital

Friend James,

I take this as a favorable opportunity this evening to inform you that I am well and hope these few lines may find you enjoying the same good Blessing. James I am very weak yet it goes very hard with me to walk any distance the horse Cars is only a little piece from the Hospital so you only give five cents and ride any place that you want to go in Washington City. James I think G. Mead is going to give the Rebs thunder before long. I think he has them where he wants them.

Rosecrans has been doing right well for they had him in a pretty tight place but Rosecrans fought his way through I think he is about a good a General as we have got in this Service. He has been doing some tall fighting since he has been in the United States Army. James I have not much news to give you for this time but I must tell you that when I laid pretty sick for two weeks in the hospital Minnie Burrows come to see me every other day and brought me things to eat. She is as good a woman as I ever saw. I go over to see her sometimes now since I am able to get around a little. I guess you know who I mean her, name was Minnie Knode. I guess you know who it is now dont you?

James I have not heard or seen anything from you for so long so it happened that I thought about you so I thought I would drop you a few lines to see whether you can answer this letter for me. I am anxious to hear from you James. Tell George T. Lambert to write to me. You tell him where to Direct it to for I am anxious to hear from you all. Give him my best Respects I believe this is all for this time. So no more.

But remain your friend, David Stephey


Direct your letter to Columbian Hospital, Washington, D.C.


"Civil War Preservation Trust"

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3 years ago#2
Ajhall
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James I have not heard or seen anything from you for so long so it happened that I thought about you so I thought I would drop you a few lines to see whether you can answer this letter for me. I am anxious to hear from you James. Tell George T. Lambert to write to me. You tell him where to Direct it to for I am anxious to hear from you all.

You (in the collective sense) cannot understand how vitally important mail is to a soldier or sailor far from home among strangers unless you've been through it. Everything this man wrote comes down to a plea for word from home. You can almost feel the desperation in his words.
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3 years ago#3
Taylor
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I can only imagine how difficult it must have been.

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