Washington, Va. .
August 5th 1862.
Your letter of the
27th ulto came
day or two ago. but I have not really spunk eno to
reply. In regard to Sergt. Clay's pay. I am going to
write to Pay Dept. & they will forward necessary
blanks to his wife's address. That is all I can learn
from the Paymaster who has just been here.
I am sorry to have to tell you that my application
for a leave of absence has been refused on the ground
that any person laboring so long under this disease as I
have been would not be benefitted by so short a time as
20 days. Why the devil (excuse the word) wouldn't they
let me try the experiment. I am very much
disappointed, for just so long as this intense heat lasts,
just so long shall I be unfit for duty. The medical
Director says mine is rather a case for Resignation than
for a Furlough. Resignation! I think I would rather
die out here first. I should have to be much sicker than
I am now before I should take such a step.
Today I am rather better. Yesterday I passed a miserable
time, with severe pain &c. [illegible] up to 190 I should think.
He must have got my letter & had time to reply before this.
I hope & trust he will take the position.
arrived arrived here Saturday & on Sunday had
a Review of the Corps d'Armée. He is a very ordinary
looking man, small, with an immense blue black beard,
long black hair that shines with grease like a glass
bottle, & he turns it up under at the ends. He looks
for all in the world like one of those blocks you see
in barbers shops to show off false hair & beards. He
travels in great state, he & his staff having a camp of
75 large tents & over 100 wagons. Think of that. He
goes through the country like a little king. What a
come down it will be for some of these fellows after
the war is over to have to descend to the condition of
We hear strange rumors about the evacuation of
Richmond, but don't know what they mean. I hear
that we are likely to move from here in a day or two,
probably South. I shall have to do my marching in
an ambulance, at present, for I am quite weak,
having arranged nothing but 2 slices of toast a day for
the past two weeks, & rather having to force them down.
I am going to try a little broth today.
You must not get worried because I write so poorly.
I shall undoubtedly begin to mend as soon as weather
downs I have had for a whole year now, only this is
rather more severe than the former.
I enclose in this $ 100 which please have me
Pray excuse rough looks of this. I had to write
just when spirit moved me, & it is too hot & flies
are too troublesome to take much pains.
Love to all the family & friends-
Oh for a sniff of Nahant air!