Category Archives: Joseph DeWaters

Tired of Being in the Hospital

As he approaches the six-month anniversary of being wounded at the Battle of Stone River, Joseph Dewaters writes home once more to his niece, Ann Dewaters. As with the month before, he is still in the hospital at New Albany, … Continue reading

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Doctors Paid Per Patient

Another month has passed and Joseph is still in a hospital although he has now been moved to New Albany, Indiana just across the Ohio River from Louisville. He is clearly disappointed that he has not been sent to the … Continue reading

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In a Different Hospital

In early April 1863, Joseph again writes to Ann. He has been moved to a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky and has had a very difficult month. He spent three weeks confined to his bed because he developed gangrene in his … Continue reading

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In Hospital, But Improving

Two months after the Battle of Stone River, Joseph Dewaters writes to Ann and describes his hospitalization. He says he was moved into a ward with the patients in the worst condition. Presumably it would indicate that he, too, was … Continue reading

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Battle of Stone River

Joseph’s letter to Ann on January 25, 1863 is remarkable for what it does not say. He relates the terror of the Battle of Stone River at the end of December. He provides a description of what it was like … Continue reading

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Joseph to Ann

In this first letter, Joseph thanks Ann for writing to him and Harrison. He’s glad to hear she’s in good health. He says his health is not good but improving although he has a back problem that he thinks might … Continue reading

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Joseph Dewaters letters

In addition to Harrison Dewaters’ letters to his sister, Joseph Dewaters wrote nine letters to Ann Dewaters describing his experiences. The letters cover the period from December 3, 1862 until April 1, 1864. Although he is only twelve years older … Continue reading

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