Sunday, November 11, 2012

1862 November 11 Fairfax Seminary

[from the diary of the Rev. Francis Butler, chaplain of the 25th New Jersey]

Tues 11.  Just as I sat down to my coffee bread & milk
word came that the sick man at Co. B. Support
wished me at once – I ordered horse & started at
full gallop   Ambulance just arrived   preceded
me – found him very bad   face covered with
dark spots & in great pain   We got him into
ambulance.  Sent him & Dr. to Camp while I
rode along whole line left of main road & visited
every Support – lovely day – About 10-  15th.  Conn
began to relieve us – we reached camp after dis-
charging pieces – about 3  I learned poor Albertson –
had died about 1 ½ P.M – delirious most of time
probably cholera morbus & measles.  Very much
shocked.  Visited sick – found Mrs. Ayres had
come – made arrangements for embalming
body of Albertson & sending him home –
prayer in tents of Co.   wrote his parents –

Private Smith Albertson Co. B., 25th New Jersey
Enoch J. Ayres was Lt. Col. of the 25th New Jersey
The 25th New Jersey had three medical officers. James Riley was Surgeon and Robert M. Bateman and Seffrine Daily were Asst. Surgeons.

[transcript by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards]

MSS 12935

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