(written above date) Hospital near Stevensburgh Va.
My mother's birthday. God grant she may live to see many more birthdays and happier is the prayer of her only Son. Cold [raw]
day with considerable snow in the night. Feel much better, no news from home. It is rather strange I do not hear from home.
Did not move about much today. Nothing of importance. Am much pleased with the cheering prospect of a speedy close of the
war. This is the anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans although I am an Englishman yet I feel so thoroughly Americanized
that "I can rejoice with Americans in anything which has done good to the common cause of Freedom."
[written above date] Hospital near Stevensburgh Va.
Very cold day, feel very well today. No better. Wrote a letter to my cousin J. U. Tompkins C.o N.Y. Also read considerable
of Prof. [Agassi's] lectures on the [Glaziers]. Also read an interesting book called the "Way of Salvation." No news from
home, this is the end of the first week in the New Year. I have not felt right this week have not been grateful for the goodness
of God. May I have the grace and be made to realize the goodness of my Maker through the coming week. "Who knows if Heaven
with ever [bountious] power, Shall add tomorow to the [present] hour."