[written above date]: Hospital near Stevensburgh Va.
Beautiful day, all nature seems to smile and man alone is vile so I thought while viewing the beautiful sunset beyond the
Grand Blue Ridge. I felt as well today but night brings its pains back again. A gentleman from Fairport is on a visit to our
Hospital last night a squad of Rebels numbering 30 with 3 or 4 commissioned officers deserted and came with our lines in a
squad. No news from home tis nearly 4 weeks since I have received a letter. wrote in my old Diary, the men who were ordered
to go on recruiting service have been ordered to remain in the Regt.
One of the most beautiful days we have had this winter, the snow has all disappeared but left us a good remembrance in the
form of mud. "Virginia Mud". wrote and sent my old Diary home by a Gent of the name of Wells who has been on a visit to the
Army. In the evening wrote a letter home no letters received feel rather feeble received Orders to send away the sickest and
move the regt. of Morton's Ford on the Rapidan River.
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