Alvah Marsh Letter: December 1863


Creator: Alvah Marsh
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865, Economic aspects -- Pay, Health aspects -- Injury, Medical care, Michigan Infantry -- 7th, Military life -- Leaves and furloughs, Military personnel -- Nurse, Women -- Employment, Social networks.
Description: Alvah notes that he has not been paid in four months, but he is happy to know he can take a 50 to 60 day furlough for only twelve to fifteen dollars. Alvah believes his ankle is getting better and he comments that the female nurses are taking very good care of him.
Date: 1860-1869
Format: Image/jpg
Original Format: Document
Resource Identifier: 13 - Alvah2Mother186312_1.jpg
Collection Number: c00110 – Papers of Alvah Marsh
Language: English
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Relation: c00110 – Papers of Alvah Marsh
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Alvah Marsh Letter: 1863, Page: 1

Alvah Marsh Letter: 1863
Alvah Marsh Letter: 1863

Sunday December the 1863?
Fairfax Seminary Hospital
Alexandria Va.
Dear Mother
I take the pen in hand to
inform you of my health it is
good at present and I hope
you are the same I am doing
first rate at present and hope
you are I think perhaps you
kneed some money by this time
but I have not had any pay for four
months but shall get some the first
of the next month at least then
I guess I will come home and fix
up things at home I can come home
on a furlough for 50 or 60 days
I guess and it will only cost me
but about twelve or fifteen dollars
and if I can get a furlough I shall
come don’t you need not look
for me until I get to the depot
then you wont be disappointed
Alvah Marsh Letter: 1863, Page: 2

Alvah Marsh Letter: 1863
Alvah Marsh Letter: 1863

I have never got a line from [illegible]
yet if they don’t want me to write I
don’t want to I am sure of that
I hate to come home before my ancle
is well for some of the folks would
laugh at me for walking with a cane
I can walk very well now with
a cane there are three hundred
sick and wounded in this Hospital
at present but all are doing well
at present we have 3 or 4 female
nurses in this ward so that
the wants of all are cared for
you can form no idea of the
good care that the soldier gets
here on last Friday Dr. Curtis
from Argentine and four or five
ladies from our state some of them
I was equanited with came to
see me they were glad to find me
I like to see the Ladies from
our state for it seems like home
but I guess I will stop for this
time this from your son
AH Marsh

Direct to Me

at Fairfax Seminary Hospital

Ward G, Alexandria, VA
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