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26 December 1863

U. S. General Hospital
Tullahoma, Tennessee
December 26th 1863

My Dear Mother,

I will now try and write you a few lines to inform you that I am getting along with my wound as well as can be expected. It is a very severe one and think it will be the means of my loosing the use of my arm. It is now very painful but am in hopes that I shall be able to start for home in about ten days as I have a furlough now here but have not been able to start. And if I once get home, I think I will soon get over it so that I can get around. But I think I shall never be fit for a soldier’s duty again. My shoulder bone, I think, is shattered all to pieces but I am thankful it is no worse.

I have no news to write for I know of none. I think our regiment is still at Wauhatchie where it was before the fight. Some of the regiments are reenlisting for the war and are going to their own state to recruit up. The 29th P. V. & 29th Ohio from our division have reenlisted and gone home.

Well I can think of nothing more to write so I will close by sending love to all. Answer this as soon as you receive this for if you do, I will probably get before I start. You need not worry about my having money to get home with. I do not need any for the government gives me transportation to my home so am all right. Well, no more. Write soon to your son, — E. M. Whipple

Direct to E. M. Whipple, Gen’l Hospital, Tullahoma, Tenn.

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