Hospital 18th Army Corps
June 24th 1864
My dear Nellie,
I am still at the hospital but not as a patient. I am with Dr. [Dwight] Satterlee [of the 11th Connecticut Regiment]. He is in charge of the convalescent camp and I am with him. He had me detailed to assist him but I do not do much. Sometimes I bring a pail of water and run errands &c. I like the place very much for I do not feel very strong yet but Dwight says he does not know how long he shall stay here and if he should go back to his regiment, I might be ordered back to mine. But I feel thankful for this short rest, even if I should go back tomorrow. There is about four hundred convalescents here now and Dwight and Dr. Harris — a citizen doctor — has the whole care of them so I have a chance to see all sorts of sickness and diseases. I draw my rations here at the hospital and we live very well.
George Meech is one of the hospital guard. They wanted men from the convalescent camp to volunteer and so George and I volunteered but after Dwight came, I had him detail me and would like to have had him detail George but he had so little to do I suppose he thought it would be asking most too much help for nothing. He has a clerk and steward from his own regiment.
I do not get your letters now and do not expect to very often as long as I am here for they will not have much chance to send them from the regiment. I would have them directed here but I may not stay here two days. I miss them very much and wish I could get them but I will try to think that you are all right, enjoying good health, &c. Perhaps you had better not write but once a week while I am here. I do not think I have received more than half of your letters lately.
I had a sweet dream about you last night. I thought I was home and that you were sitting in my lap and that something grieved me and I commenced to cry and you put your arm around my neck and said very affectionately, “Tomma, Tomma.” At this, I awoke and the whole thing seemed so real that I did not go to sleep very soon. You may think that was not a very pleasant dream but it did me lots of good for it was just what I know you would do were such a thing to happen. I can get paper envelopes and stamps here so you need not send me any at present.
Dwight wished to be remembered to you and also to Mr. and Mrs. Latimer. He says tell Dick I wore a pin with the masonic badge and letter G upon it so you can tell him.
The weather is hot and we have not had any rain for a long time so of course it is extremely dusty in the roads. There is nothing new here. The Rebels still hold Petersburg. There has not been any fighting of any account for several days. It is said that President Lincoln was here to see the army a few days ago but I did not see him. I do not think of anything more to write now but shall not send this tonight so may think of something more tomorrow.
I remain as ever your devoted husband. A kiss. — Thomas
Saturday morning, June 25th
The sun shines out bright this morning and it will be another not day. I saw George [Meech] last night. He is looking rather feeble but he does not have much to do. I had a Testament given me the other day and I have read it considerable. While I was reading the other day, I found a verse in Matthew which I think is very appropriate to our present case. You will find it in Matthew XVIII Chap and 19th verse.
I think that we are both mentally asking for about the same thing so I will not say anything more about it. I guess you will think I am getting very religious all at once but it will not hurt me if I do.
Remember me to all our friends. — T. L. B.
P.S. There is corn, wheat, and oats growing all around us. Some of the Rebels will lose their crops about here this season. I would like to hear from Robert.