Letter from Bartlett, Ansel

Soldier: Bartlett, Ansel
Allegiance: Union
Unit/Service Branch: 58th Infantry
Home State: Massachusetts
Date Written: Saturday, June 18th, 1864
Location: Washington, D.C.
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Family, Hospital, Sickness, Suffering
Dear father and mother,

I now in Washington at the Hospital sick and should like to see you very much and should like to have you come and see me. I do not weigh more than 100 pounds now. I may stand a chance of getting a furlough if you come on. I came here the 15th of the month. I believe I came with Mr. Morse of Plymouth and did not know it until we had been out a spell and was very glad that I was with a man that I know and he is in transport. He said that he was going to write to you. I think that if it had not been for him I should have starved to death because the Doctor did not take any care of the sick at all aboard of the boat.

You must excuse my bad writing because I am not fit to hold a pen in my hand. I am so weak and tremble very bad.

From your son,
Ansel J. Bartlett
Co D 58th Regt Mass Vols

Armory Square Hospital
Ward C, Bed 9

These are the directions for where I am. Please answer as soon as you get it.