Richmond V.A. June The 3rd 1862
1st Georgia Hospitle
Dear and Affectionate wife I This morning must Drop you a few lines to let you know my condition on Last Fry day we [illeg] so long Depending and on Saturday we Entered The field of Battle a Bout 12 o clock at That Time one with Balance of our [illeg] fell to the [illeg] I have not Go The Exact news How many was killed or wounded on That day fight there was only officer killed Capt Shuff [illeg] Day All so we are Company different Capt wounded in Body my self The Right Thigh Broken and hurd of many others of the Camp [illeg] But 1/3 wounded I havent herd of Any [illeg] Killed I have not saw Capt yet Though I Expect him some whare in Richmond my self and 3 Capts from South Carolina were taken To This Hospitle To gether All Then with broken Bones our Treatment is far Better Than [illeg] Expected my wound is from The Enside of The Thigh out on The other The Ball [illeg] it is painfull at This Time I Got A Doctor To Dress it Next morning [illeg] Pressure hope it works Nicely
I cant go in long DeTail of Things Just now The Doctor after Dressing it said The Bone was not Shattered and none of The artreys Cut and he sent me To This place said The nicest and cleanest place you have seen in a long Time I Can Do Better here Than if I was in newton or any whare Elce The Doctors has There hands full none has Died in This Hospitle yet he says I am doing veary well He Thinks in some Two or Three weaks I can bee up Again This Do [illeg] if from Georgia The [illeg] some of Them knows him well he is The head Doctor of The Hospitle Tell J.P. Hillerbrand To Come out an see me I know he has not mutch To Do. I would like To See you all but I must wait till I can [illeg] I must close for This Time write as
soon as you Recd Those lines Direct your letters to 1st Georgia Hos Pitle Richmond V.A. and They will come short write and give us the news so fare well for This Time
Your loving Husband till Death
Source: Many thanks to Bethany Green of UNC Wilmington for her transcription of the letters from W.R.D. Bost ofNewton,NC. Original in the collections of the Catawba County Historical Association.