General Hospital No. 1
November 18, 1863
It is with pleasure I now seat myself to rite you a few lines to let you now that I am yet alive though I am not very well. You rote now what ales me. I think it is the effect of the measles. I dont see that I get any better. I am hardly as well as I have bin though I can walk about where I please I go to the commissary and eat. I have drawn my money. I have got 32 dollars. You must not think that I was troubled with you in the least because I got no letters. I know you rote but I did not get them. It will not do me any good for you to come after me. If he is going to give me a furlough he will do it anyhow. I think in the course of a week or two if I don’t change in my health I will get one. They give a good many here. If you are going to come to see me and have got any coat and shoes you had as well bring them though it might be that I would draw some sometime though there is a good many barefoot & barebacked here. If I had a good coat I could sell it for 20 dollars, a good pair of shoes will bring 15 dollars. I am somewhat stumped about Johnathan for I got a letter dated the 10th of Nove. It stated that him, Gid and James was at home but from the way you rite it seems like you now nothing about him. When I herd that they was all at home I thought they had run but I expect that my news was feeble. I am surprised that Wm. Key is doing so I think that I done the best way that a boy could do though I have seen a hard time but I had rather go through with the same again than to lie in the woods. H. Marion is still with me. As for as small pox is concerned I don’t think there is any danger. You must tell the neighbors that I wish them all good luck and am sorry for all that has to leave home for there is no fun in that. If you bring them shoes please bring me one good strong pair of socks and if I don’t get to go home I will have plenty for the winter so I must close by saying I still remain your son until death.
To Joel Denny A Denny & Nancy Denny
Source: Christopher Watford, ed. The Civil War in North Carolina: Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Letters and Diaries, 1861-1865, Volume 2. (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2003).