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Pvt. Charles H. Austin
Company E
14th New York Heavy Artillery
Volunteers


U.S. Sanitary Commission


St. Johns College Hospital, Annapolis
Md., March 6th, 1865

            (Opening reference to Fannie Austin's letter of November 23, 1864)

I shall come & see you in the course of 2 months a the very outside now     so keep up good spirits for I are doing finely now     but I can assure you a soldier thinks he knows what hardship is but he dont begin till he has been a prisoner     but I have got money & clothes for once in my life     I get a bully good living here now   (?) stomach is growing strong (?)to do it     I said (?) was in prison if I lived to get out I would keep them if it was in July and i'll do it yet if I get home     the rebs cheated me out of enough without that & they shant cheat me out of that
       I suppose you would like to know all the particulars about my prison life but you (?) got to wait till I come & then I will tell you all about it some fine evening or other     so keep (?) & you will(?) been killed (?) being (?) prisoners at danville are all (?)    I just got back from supper    plenty of good new bread & dried applesauce & tea     in the morning I expect plety of good Ham & bread & coffee & at noon beef & soup & bread   I do not (?) any more at(?)     I must write to alfred this evening     write as soon as you get this & lend (?)mother & tell her(?) letter of the 1st

(?)your Husband Charlie

When (?) going to move   
P.S. Direct as before     tell me all the particulars where you have been all summer & winter & where is Tom & how much did your cloak & dress cost    I hope you bought a whole one     did you not     send word to my folks right after you have heard from me

good bye
Charlie


get that embroidered shirt of mine done



EDITOR'S NOTES:

Charles H. Austin never rejoined his regiment. He was mustered out on an individual muster-out roll on June 28, 1865, at Rochester, New York.

Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of New York for the Year 1897, Vol. 4, Wynkoop Hallenbeck Crawford Co., State Printers, New York and Albany, 1898, Pg. 346.