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8 July 1864

General Hospital No. 3
Lookout Mountain, Tennessee
July the 8th 1864

Dear Mother,

It is with pleasure that I seat myself to write you a few lines to let you know where I am and what I am a doing. I am on the Lookout Mountain in the hospital. I have had the fevers but am getting better now. I wanted to go to the Battery [but] the doctor told me he should keep me on the mountain a while yet. Then he had a place for me. I don’t know what he meant. I have not saw Ed but once since I have been out. He and Mike is in the hospital I heard. It is nice and cool here. I wrote to Sarah to send me some money and some stamps for I hain’t got any of either. I had to borrow a stamp to send this letter. Who cares if Sarah don’t get that letter. You tell her so she can send it to me for I am in need of some money just now. If she don’t send it to me, I can’t write. I got a letter from Father some time ago. He was well them. You must write till I get something to write with. Give my love to Mary Dasey. Tell her to write to me. I can’t think of anything to write much. Does Old man Scott live in the farm yet?

I must tell you what a time the officers had, They had a large house built them. They had a Dancing Hall. They got so tight the girls all left them. Then they all had a regular old tight. The boys state their whiskey a big Old Fourth that was for the shoulder straps.

Well I shall have to close for this time. Give my love to all who enquire after me. Tell Sarah to send them stamps and money. Tell Emma to write to me. I can’t think of anything to write so goodbye from your son, — Henry C. Edy.

Write soon. Direct to General Hospital No. 3, Lookout Mountain, Tenn.

Write soon and often.

Have you sold the colt yet? Old Johnson has surrendered his army. The war will soon be over. Keep the colt. We want to ride after him. I will send you some pieces of silver that I broke out of a rock on Lookout Mountain.

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