[written above date]: Hospital near Stevensburgh Va.
Fine pleasant day but very cold. Feel much better than usual. Wrote a letter to my Aunt Mercy Tompkins Lev. N.Y. we have very
cheering news from all parts in regard to the Rebellion, many are reinlisting daily. Was very hard put for something to do
today to pass time cleaned two pair of socks. No news from home. Gen. Hancock is commanding this corps at present. Received
from the hospital several luxuries from the Christian Commission. Several of our regt. returned this evening among them Henry
Rice of leo G. a member of the Color Guard he was wounded at [Bustin] Station.
Another uneventful day. T'was very cold with some snow in the evening. Feel somewhat better than yesterday. No news from home.
Visited Dir. Hd. [Qs.] was introduced to Mrs. [Idenl] Hope by the General. Dr. Munson was appointed Surgeon in Chief of the
2nd Brigade on account of the absence of Dr. Satterthwait. A soldier in the hospital is indeed to be patient from has nothing
to do but eat and sleep a very inglorious way of serving one's country. "Desire not to live long, but to live well; how long
we live, not years but actions tell."