[written above date] Stanton Genl Hospital Washington D.C.
A cold but beautiful day, a little snow in the morning, clearing up bright and pleasant in the Afternoon. Glorious is the
news today. Fort Fisher has fallen, now the entrance to Wilmington has been closed to all blockade, manners and the capture
of the city easy and sure. Charleston too is in danger. All our armies [serving] to action. The loud notes of the cannon are
proclaiming to our willing [illegible] the glad notes of Freedom & victory. All honor to the Brave [lads] and boys who have
assisted in this glorious work.
Today received (1) letter from my friend Mis. Edgar Gray, a welcome letter from a christian friend. In the afternoon took
a walk to the Post Office. in the evening attended Grammar class and then wrote a letter my Betrothed how I long for the expiration
of my term of service that I may claim her as my own.