January 15, 1863

[Louisiana] Jan. 15th.  Finished & mailed a letter of 25 pages to Pamelia.  Have been writing it at intervals for several days.  I enclosed in it two ambrotypes taken in town last Monday—one of myself, the other of Lt. Jerrard[?] & self on the same plate.  The Lt. had a single one of himself & a double one line mine taken at the same time.  All to whom they were shown pronounced the good likenesses.

Today I have made discharges for Albert Brown, G. F. Davis, & Stevens of our Company.  Brown & Davis have been troubled with rheumatic difficulties for a long time, B. having been in Hospital soon since we landed here, & Davis had done no duty for two months.  They are to go before a board of Army Surgeons for examination, whose decision in their cases will settle the question whether they go or stay.  I have little hope that either of those will be of much service here, but I think they would all recover if allowed to go North soon.  Our number in Hospital today is 12, & 16 others are in quarters excused from duty be the surgeon.  The sickness in the Regiment is fearful—nearly or quite a third of the men being unfit for duty, though not many are thought to be dangerously sick.

Diary of Isaac Winslow Case [Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection]


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