Fort McHenry, Baltimore
August 8, 1862
My dear mother,
I got your welcome letter of the 3rd inst. and was very glad to hear from you and to hear that you was in better health than you was a while ago. I am a good deal better than I was 3 weeks ago. I am so that I can go around a good deal. Mike [Gerred] is about 2 miles from here at the National Hotel Hospital. He has been very sick since he was here. The doctor told me one time that he would hardly be able to go home or he would send him home. I go up to see him every little while but he is better now.
I got a letter from you 5 or 6 days ago but I thought I wouldn’t write till I heard from your again. I got the money alright and was very thankful for it. In future, I will try to save my cash when I have plenty.
Mother, I am sorry to that I tore up that note you spoke of. Let it go. It is of no account now. It is past now. I have had no letter from my old chum John Mustart. ¹ I wish you would send him a line. I wrote to Ben [Edy] two weeks ago and have got no answer. The regiment was paid off a long time ago.
You needn’t be afraid of my not getting your letters. Direct as before and they will come all right. I have not time to write anymore this time so goodbye.
From E. M. Whipple to his mother
¹ John Mustart (1843-1863) was born in Perthshire, Scotland, and emigrated with his parents to the United States in 1857. He enlisted in the 23rd Illinois (Mulligan’s Irish Brigade) early in the war with Edwin and was wounded and taken prisoner in the First Battle of Lexington (Missouri). Once paroled, he returned to Athens, Pennsylvania, where he enlisted in Co. E, 141st Pennsylvania Volunteers in August 1862. He entered as a private and rose to the rank of First Sergeant. He was wounded in the arm and chest and left on the field at the Battle of Chancellorsville on 3 May 1863. Paroled by the Confederates who controlled the field after the battle, Sgt. Mustart was sent to Washington D. C. where he died on 23 May 1863.