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April  1862

TUESDAY, APRIL 1,1862

One of the men died this morning. The Lieut. sweat quite hard today. I slept all night.

WEDNESDAY 2

This morning he looks quite cheerful. guess the deil (devil?) wont get him yet.  I gave him his medicine every hour during the night & slept the rest of the time.

THURSDAY 3

he seems much better. A. M. Mr. Barker came in to see him. In the after­noon he grew worse. nights the watchman wakes me up every hour and I give him his medicine.

FRIDAY 4

Today he has been rather dull, some flighty. though sleeps well he don't groan very hard. The 5 N. H. & 51 P. A. Regt. embarked to go down the river.

SATURDAY 5

James appeared a little better. The 64th came down on the Cars from Manassas to go down the river.

 

SUNDAY 6

Lieut. P. is about the same. I went down to see the boys. they shiped & left the dock at three oclock.

MONDAY 7

James is about the same. After dinner his Cousin came over from W. to see him. After she went away he seemed better untill night.

TUESDAY 8

He ap (appears?) quite rational, enquired about the war & c. Then after that he grew worse, was wild all day & all night.  I staid by his bed all night.

WEDNESDAY 9

he was a little better but still he was wild. at night I got two boys to stay in my place but I did not sleep more than three hours

 

THURSDAY 10

James is a little better.

Mrs. James Bailey

Cor D & 4th Streets            (James' cousin)?

Washington

Care Miss Laiford

 

FRIDAY 11

This morning he seems quite smart, ate a little toast. At night he rested pretty well

SATURDAY 12

Today he seemed quite cheerful. I have strong hopes of his recovery.

SUNDAY 13

This morning he is a little worse. My hopes have failed. what is life to me without my dear Friend James.

MONDAY 14

This morning he seems very low. his hands & feet are very cold. But by the applycation of bottles of hot water I soon got him warm. at night he rested well

TUESDAY 15

This morning he seems very low. but he drinks his milk with a good relish.

WEDNESDAY 16

He is a little better, nothing new has transpired lately. I stand it very well.

THURSDAY 17

            Searg. Alfred H. Shippy died at Fair Fax S. Hospital.

Drummer William F. Raffey died at Fortress Monroe at 8.

FRIDAY 18

James is about the same. His disease is very queer, one day he will seem quite smart & the next clear down again.

SATURDAY 19

He is a little better today. Eat raw oisters (oysters) for his dinner. he relished them well. Milk for his tea.

SUNDAY 20

James is about the same. Raw oisters for dinner & Milk for his supper.

MONDAY 21

In the morning he seemed quite smart. But did not eat much dinner. At night he was very low. do not think he will live long.

TUESDAY 22

This morning he is better. His cousin came over to see him. At night Mr. Manley brought over a new hair mattress for him.

WEDNESDAY 23

He likes the new bed. guess he will get well after all his sickness. Today I am about sick. Back door trot.

THURSDAY 24

Mrs. James Bailey came over & brought him some preserved straw berrys & peaches. They pleased him very much.

FRIDAY 25

James is still on the gain. C. C. Hull (Hall) went down the river. Chance is sick.

SATURDAY 26

Lieut. is getting so that he can eat quite a ration. I am about the same.  There is lots of scandle (scandal) here among the girls & boys.

SUNDAY 27

Grand inspection. No fault found with our Room. No change in the Lieut.

MONDAY 28

Mrs. Bailey came over. James was quite smart, & i was a good deal better. She bid James good-by, never to return here again But James does not know it.

TUESDAY 29

Miss Southwick gave him her rocking chair & in the afternoon he sat up half an hour. it did not seem to tire him.

 

WEDNESDAY 30

Lieut. is on the gain very fast. Sat up an hour today. My health is good.