[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.