[written above date] Stanton Gen'l Hospital Washington D.C.
A cold but pleasant day. am not feeling very well. At work as usual all day in the office. Was news good from all quarters
Fort Caswell in Washington Harbor blown up and the City reported as evacuated. Sherman's victorious Army again on the move
and giving the Enemy great anxiety in regard to Charleston. From all quarters of the South the people and many of the Leaders
seem anxious for Peace, seeing the rather hopelessness of their infamous cause. Tonight the young men's Debating society held
their first meeting and decided to debate next Friday on the great Question should slavery be abolished or not; a good representation
of all the Wards were present; in the evening tok a walk to see my friend Mr. Moon at the Goverment Printing Office.