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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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A Son-in-Law’s Response to a Father’s Question

One day after writing to Ann DeWaters, Zenas receives a letter from Harrison’s father, Anson DeWaters, expressing concern that he has not heard from Harrison. Anson is Zenas’ father-in-law which meant that he and Harrison were brothers-in-law. Zenas confirms Harrison’s … Continue reading

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Condolences to a Sister

This letter to Ann Dewaters was written by Zenas Rhoades on the same day that his brother Orrin had visited him in the hospital. Zenas tells Ann that Orrin has written to Orville’s father to tell him that Orville had … Continue reading

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A Friend’s Loss

Monday May the 23 1865                                 Washington Mr Anson Dewaters thare was a letter come for tip from you and i noing that tip was ded I took the responcebilety to open it and to let you nowe that he … Continue reading

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Writing for Tip

Harrison’s sister Ann was probably very troubled that the next letter from her brother was written by a friend of his, Henry E. Trumble, a musician in the 13th Michigan from Portage. Harrison had asked Trumble to write since he … Continue reading

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Wounded

Harrison begins this letter to his mother telling her that he has been wounded, but not to worry. As he has started to do in several recent letters, he refers to himself in the third person by his nickname, Tip. … Continue reading

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Line of Communications is open again

There is something of a light-hearted air to this letter that Harrison wrote in mid-March from Fayetteville, NC. He pokes fun at the Southern dialect (“We-uns”), complains they haven’t received any mail or crackers, and jokes that the rebels “skedaddled” … Continue reading

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