Letter from Wm B. Stevens, dated 1864-04-10

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"Camp Parole" Annapolis April 10th 1864

My dear Mother:

Thine of late dates, sent with my papers were received yesterday [underline]most[/underline] gladly, for be it known to you, my last news from home, before was received Mar. 24th. I suppose two weeks would seem a long time now, for you, not to hear from me, would it not? Bu I am here, where I can have Army Friends, so, of course, (?) [underline]]I[/underline] do not mind it. I do not wish to find fault, or blame you in the least, for doubtless time flies so pleasantly with you, it is not noticed except when some absent one is the delinquent. Thy letter was the first intimation I had, that Friends meeting was discontinued in E. M. I had a Bible when I was with the Division, but as it was not convenient for my pocket, it was kept in the Desk, so [underline]left[/underline] when I was captured. While I was in the Hospital, No. 21

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at Richmond, however the "Christian Commission" sent, with other things enough Testaments to supply all who wished them, there. Thine of October 18th 1863 inquiring of my Chills, [underline]came[/underline] in just the right time for I was then for the first time, since I left Belle Isle, suffering from a severe one. I was out of doors the most of the two previous and exercised too much I suppose, which brought it on. To-day I feel well, comparatively, and am in hopes I may not have many more of them, at present. I had not heard a word of Obediah's losing his hand. Is it true? We have at last received two months Pay, so, with what I have received from other sources, I am well supplied with money, now.

The Rebels do not seem to succeed yet in occupying Washington. This is in answer to a query of last year, so it does not need further comment now.

I had rather they would though, than for me to spend another five months occupying Richmond in the capacity I did before. If they ever [underline]do[/underline], it will be the death Blow to the Rebellion

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The weather is very unsettled all the time most here and a pleasant day is [underline]rare[/underline]. I have received a letter from Henry: also one from Capt. Galt. He is at home, expects to return to his old position, and wishes to retain me, if it is my pleasure. That it will be, I have no doubt. I do not feel like writing much to-day, so will close. Please write soon, and often.

Love to all.

W. B. Stevens, 3d Battallion [P.P.?] Camp Parole

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