For the Times. Extract
I am not in a very good mood for letter writing this morning, for
all is excitement here, and has been for several days, as our
regiment is under marching orders.
Its destination is Harper’s Ferry, at least it is ordered
to report there. But
before I tell any more news I will gratefully acknowledge the
receipt of the box you sent, it came Friday noon, and all safe.
The pies came nicely. We
opened it immediately, and as we were taking out the cake, father
says, “It seems like old times, when we used to have donation
parties.” He found a
“green back” lining in his glove, for which he is very grateful.
It would take to long a time to enumerate all the articles
and thank you for each separately: so I, in behalf of all, thank you
and the kind friends who assisted you.
Father will write you after he gets moved and
settled, it would not be possible now.
He has written to Mr. Brown acknowledging the receipt of the
other box. He goes to
to preach this morning. Mother
sends by him books, papers, crackers, preserved apples, and some of
the cake you sent. A
great number of paroled men have come in the past week, and poor
distressed mortals they are. I
was there last Friday afternoon, and saw them taking a number
of those men into the hospitals.
Poor fellows! They looked as though they would need care but
a short time. That
little fellow who was wounded in the foot, and who is in Ward No. 1,
(the one spoken of in ‘Hospital Scenes; No. 2,”) was not as
well, and had to have his foot lanced the day before.
He has got out of the swing, but they think he will never get
Our regiment expected to leave today, but the
cars have not arrived yet.
Your friend, Josie R. Ambler.
[Mr. Editor: Allow me to say to the
“Dudley Aid Society,” through your columns, that the box sent by
them to the “Christian Commission,” of Boston, to be forwarded
to me at Annapolis, arrived there safely, and was distributed
faithfully, and if your space will admit next week I will give
copies of letters from L. P. Rowland of Boston to their agent there,
and to myself, which I have but just received, as they were remailed
In reference to the Webster boys of
15th Regiment, with two exceptions John Maley and G. W.
Lewis they had all gone to their regiment.
I saw Mr. Palmer, Mr. Rusack, and Mr. Cummings, but had no
conversation with any one but Mr. Cummings before they left.
This in reply to various inquiries.]