Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

West Bloomfield, n. Y., December 5th.

My official commitment to hospital at City Point in August, terminated my active military service. On the 25th of that month I was sent, with a party of sick and wounded officers, to Fortress Monroe, and thence by the steamship “Baltic,” to the officers’ hospital on Bedloe’s Island, in New York harbor, where I remained a victim of “cupping” and other surgical and medical treatment until September 18th. On that date, my application for a furlough having been granted, my father came for me and took me home, and it becoming apparent after three months’ experience that the opinion of the surgeon at City Point was likely to be verified, I was to-day mustered out of the military service of the United States by Special Order No. 431, issued by the War Department upon a Surgeon’s Certificate of Disability contracted in such service.

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