[written above date]: Hospital near Stevensburgh Va.
My mother's birthday. God grant she may live to see many more birthdays and happier is the prayer of her only Son. Cold [raw]
day with considerable snow in the night. Feel much better, no news from home. It is rather strange, I don not hear from home,
did not move about much today. Nothing of importance. Am much pleased with the cheering prospect of a speedy close of the
war. This is the anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans although I am an Englishman yet I feel so thoroughly Americanized
that "I can rejoice with Americans in anything which has done good to the common cause of Freedom."
Very cold day, feel very well today. No better. Wrote a letter to my cousin J. U. Tompkins C.o N.Y. also read considerable
of Prof. [Agassi's] lectures on the [Glaziers]. Also read an interesting book called the "Way of Salvation" no news from home,
this is the end of the first week in the New Year, I have not felt right this week have not been grateful for the goodness
of God, may I have the grace and be made to realize the goodness of my Maker through the coming week. "Who knows if Heaven
with ever [bountious] power, Shall add tomorow to the [illegible] hour."