[written above date] Hospital near Stevensburgh Va.
Cold and quite a fall of snow. Do not feel as well as usual. Have taken a great quantity of medicine and it does not seem
to have a proper effect upon me. Was visited by Kimball a mounted orderly, from Dr. H d Ors, Gen. Alex Harp returned today
accompanied by his wife. No news from home. Tomorrow the draft comes off. Hope soon to see the day when it will be unnecessary
to draft when peace will once more be over the [Illegible]. Took 50 grams of rhubarb today. "Hope and dispair never can agree"
[written above date]: Hospital near Stevensburgh Va.
Very pleasant day. Snow fast disappearing. Quite cold in the evening. Did not feel so very well to day as I did yesterday.
Albert Emmell a friend of mine came over to visit me in the forenoon. Wrote a letter to my mother. She is in leanader West
at present. No news from home. We have cheering news from Charleston. I hope soon to hear that that rebel nest is level with
the ground. A poor fellow was buried today in the 14th Ind. "Oh many a shaft at random sent finds a mark the Archer never
meant And many a word at Random spoken may soothe or wound the heart thats broken."