E.A. Season in the Civil War

27th in a series.

Edwin’s letter to Friend Mary, 10/7/1862, continued….

The Monday after the fight I was taken sick and was sent to the hospital at Frederick, where I remained seven or eight days then was sent to Washington. I have made some very long marches since we left the Peninsula and have seen some hard times. The Regiment is now in Bolivar Heights near Harper’s Ferry. There is a great many sick and wounded soldiers in Washington. There is over 400 here at this hospital and there was 250 sent from here to New York last week. Six or seven hundred at the Capitol besides all the hospitals in the city is full. There is a large hospital building that is over a quarter of a mile long. I saw some of the boys in the 25th Ohio when I was at Frederick. They was all well. The 25th wasn’t in the fight. They are doing guard duty at Frederick.

 I haven’t got a letter for nearly a month and I am nearly dead for the want of a letter so I want you to write as soon as you can. I real lonesome here. We can’t get out without a pass.  I will have to stop for this time. Give my respects to your Father and Mother and Emma and believe me your friend.

Civil War Surgeons and hospital stewards at Harewood Hospital, Washington D.C. Photo courtesy Library of Congress