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Civil War Diaries and Letters of
Eugene William Rolfe, Tunbridge

Montpelier, VT.
June 4th, 1865

Dear Father,

I received your kind letter sent by Gabes Lance last night and hasten to answer.

I am enjoying the best of health now. Carl is feeling well. His wounds are healing up nicely. I have nothing to do unless I am a mind to do something about the ward. . I do something her every day. The rest of the time, I spend in running round. Last Friday. There was a great crowd down in the village. They had music and speaking. Yesterday, Carl and I went down to the state house. Other days we go out into the woods and round. We have a great many visitors every day. You spoke about my coming home on a pass. I would say that the surgeon in charge is expecting the officer here to muster us out next Tuesday. If he comes then I shall soon be at home for good. If he does not come, I should take a pass and come down before long. About staying --- to service for 31 dollars per month till my time is out would suit me well enough if I could be with my Battery but this staying penned up within these acres of ground does not suit me. But there is no use talking about that for the order from the war department is to discharge all immediately or rather all that are not under medical treatment. About this pay. I do not understand why Freeman did not get his bounty unless it was because he was a conscript. The act of congress relating to that matter says that if we serve six months of its time, then we are mustered for the second installment of bounty and the editor of the Washington chronicle, Tohr Forrest says in an editorial on the subject says that it is understood by the great lawyers that if anyone serves one day over six months he is entitled the whole of one years bounty. But I shall know in a few weeks.

Did not Uncle David die very suddenly? I had never heard of his being sick till I came here. In your next, please state what the matter was with him. I have written to Mr. Aldens folks twice and have received any answer as yet. Please give my best respects to them , to Abbie and all the rest of the folks. Write soon and accept this with the best respects of your son.

Eugene W. Rolfe, Ward 11, Sloan Hospital

Contributed by Eugene L. Rolfe, Las Vegas, Nevada, great-grandson of Eugene William Rolfe.