[written above date] Stanton Gen'l Hospital Washington D.C.
A beautiful day. The news good. Great battle in the neighborhood of Petersburgh, our army succesful, but losing many men In
the forenoon finished my letter to Miss Judith. At noon received a note from my cousin Johnathan informing me of his being
returned to duty. I started immediately to the [soldiers] Rest to see him but he had gone. Also received letters from my Betrothed
Judith Underdown. (11) In the afternoon and evening our Debating club assembled the subject for debate being "Resolved, that
single life is conclusive of more happiness than married" as the President was about I as Vice President wrote the Chair the
question was decided in the negative.