General Hospital no 8 Ward A
Raleigh, NC Nove 8th ‘63
My dearest Corrie
Perhaps you will be surprised to see that I have gotten down here it is even so although against my will. I reported to Dr. Wall as ordered he having no place to keep me transferred me to this place, and I fear from what I have learned since my arrival that I cannot get a furlough at this place, for they say it is a difficult matter to get one. If I should not get one I will be very sadly disappointed for I was much delighted with your promise and did hope that I would be able to comply with your intentions and mine but alas I fear this matter will have to be postponed to some future time. I will make every effort to be sent home till I am able for duty. I had the ball extracted this morning, it was a painful operation but I grinned and endured it. If I should not get home from here the first time I get an opportunity and get there I want us to have the solemn ceremony pronounced. What say you? For I feel like I want to be a married man and if that was the case soon you could be with me, several ladies are here with their husbands attending to their wounds. I know this time would pass more rapidly if I could have the pleasure of your presence, but when will that be? I fear some time will elapse before I see you again.
If I cannot get a furlough I will stay here no longer than I am compelled, but will respond to my command. This seems to be a pretty good hospital everything is kept very nice, good beds and pretty good fare. Give my kindest regards to Puss and Sue.
What have you done with Mr. Conley? How bad I want to go home again cant think of anything else. I wish I had some way of sending you some paper and envelopes
Sources: Mike and Carol Lawing, eds., My Dearest Friend: The Civil War Correspondence of Cornelia McGimsey and Lewis Warlick (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2000). Original collections of the papers are in the Southern Historical Collection, UNC Chapel Hill.