Monday, November 12, 2012

1862 November 13 Camp near Fairfax Seminary

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

Thurs 13.  Fine   warm,  visited sick in Camp - & then rode via
Georgetown to Cliffburn & Emory hospitals – spent several hours
talking & praying with men, giving tracts, papers &c.
Cummings hopes he is a Xn. for sd. he “I am a changed boy
Doctor (he calls me doctor) & I mean to stay changed.)”
His father was with him – others appeared better – except a
few – Collins died on the 7th   the fifth death we have
had in that hospital &the  6th in regt all in regt.
The [ink blot] as I passed the Capital – home to dinner
after distributing mail – Held three interestg. prayer
meetgs. in tents.

Private Samuel S. Cummings, Co. F, 25th New Jersey

[transcript by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards]

MSS 12935

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