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Letter signed W.H. Kesterson, General Hospital, Springfield, Mo., to his brother Joseph Kesterson, July 21, 1864

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Identifier: D05199

Title: Letter signed W.H. Kesterson, General Hospital, Springfield, Mo., to his brother Joseph Kesterson, July 21, 1864


States that he will try to get out of the hospital as soon as possible after he gets his pay.

Transcription: General Hospital

Springfield Mo July the 21st 1864

Dear Brother one time more I take my pen in hand to drop you a few lines to let you know that I am in as good health as comon and hope that when these few lines comes to hand they may find you enjoying the same like blesing yore letter of the 17th has come to hand I was truly glad to hear that you was still in tolerable health and I think that we aught to feel very thankful that our lives is spared to us yet I do feel thankful for it but not as much as I aught to for I feel that I am very sinful and that I deserve the rath of god but still just my trust in his love and mercy well Brother I have no news to write I have not heard from home since I wrote to you before father dont write often now well I heard this morning that the paymaster would be here tomorrow but I dont know whether it is so or not but I hope that it is so if I get my pay I am going to try and get a way from here as soon as I can I supose that I will come by St. Louis and if I do I will come and see you if I get to my regiment before they go out I intend to try and get out with them I dont know whether I can get out or not but I dont intend to spend the rest of my time in the hospital I am sick and tired out with this place and long for the time when I can get away well Brother I dont see when this war can ever end and I am a geting almost out of hart I think that all of the rebels will have to be killed before there can ever be any peace and it looks like that will be a hard thing to do but I dont see any other chance I dont see how any union people is to live in this state as long as these old rebels live in it I dont know where I will try to live when I get out of the service I dont think that I will try to live up where father is a living and I dont hardly know where to go well Brother I hope that we both may get out of the service and spend the rest of our days in peace I dont intend to work hard any more if I can help it I want me a little piece of ground to tend and a good garden I begin to want to see my wife and litle ones very bad but I dont know when that will ever be well dear Brother I must come to a close I hope that we shall yet meet on earth but if we dont let us try and meet in heaven so farwell dear Brother for a while I remain yore afescionate Brother untill death

W H Kesterson to

Joseph Kesterson

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1864-07-21

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Kesterson, William H. H., -1883

Subjects: Armed Forces
Pay, allowances, etc.
Medical care
Civil War, 1861-1865


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