Convalescent Camp 18th Army Corps Hospital
Point of Rocks, Virginia
Sunday morning, September 4th 1864
My dear Nellie,
We are now settled down at Point of Rocks on Bermuda Hundred side of the river. We have a very fine situation here on the bank of the Appomattox. The bank of the river rises high at this point and is sightly and pleasant. This is said to be the place where the Indian girl Pocahontas saved the life of Capt. John Smith and I have got a piece of wood that was cut from a tree said to be the identical tree under which the Indians had bound him. I am going to make something of it if I don’t lose it. The ground is rather filthy here now for it has been used for a hospital and camping ground ever since our army has been here in his vicinity. But if we stay here long enough, we will clean it up and have a nice camp here.
Dwight [Satterlee] has got an old carriage and had it fixed up a little and yesterday afternoon he got some harnesses and tackled up his horses and rode all about here. He has one very nice horse but they are both good ones. He bought one off a Dr. that was going home about a month ago and got it quite cheap so now he has two horses. He says he intends to sell one of them.
I think there must have been a considerable excitement in Gales Ferry even during the past week on account of the draft and nomination of McClellan for the Presidency. I sometimes think that I am better off here than I should be at home now for I know how I should feel about the draft. I think men must be very scarce to make the price of substitutes so high. I think that John has done the best thing he could under the circumstances but he might have got off cheaper I think if he had have procured his sub sooner. I feel a little worried about [my brother] Robert for I fear he was not home time enough to see about doing anything for himself. But I hope he will not be drafted. But I should think it would take about every man who is fit for service so his or anybody else’s chance of running clear is slim. I shall try to think that it will yet all come out right. I wish the draft had been made two months ago for then we should have had a strong army now and have been able to do something this fall.
I hear that Atlanta has fallen. I hope it will prove true. Dwight is washing his favorite horse and he says, “tell Ellen my affections is all on horses now.” He keeps talking about his horses so it bothers me about writing. But I shall not send this until tomorrow so I shall have time enough to write.
George Meech is still here and well. He has received lots of letters lately and also a new hat. The paymaster does not seem to come along yet. I wish he would for I would like to send you some money and would also like a little myself. I think they will pay soon. I have not seen or heard from Mr. Brewster or Mr. [Charlie] Gallup since we have been this side of the river.
I bought me a pair of new army pants the other day for $1.75. The regular price is $2.50 but this man wanted the money and did not need the pants. I borrowed $2 of Robert when he was out here and I wish I had taken more as he wanted me to. I would like a pair of suspenders but will not send for them until I can send the money for them. I sleep in the same tent with the Dr. and steward now. I will write more this afternoon or tomorrow.