Walt Whitman Letter
This letter was discovered in February, 2016, by a National Archives volunteer who is part of a team preparing Civil War widows' pension files to be digitized and placed online.
Washington, Jan. 21, 1865 (sic)
My Dear Wife,
You must excuse me for not having written to you before. I have not been very well + did not feel much like writing – but I feel considerably better now – my complaint is an affection of the lungs. I am mustered out of service, but am not at present well enough to come home. I hope you will try to write back as soon as you receive this + let me know how you all are, how things are going on – let me know how it is with mother. I write this by means of a friend who is now sitting by my side + I hope it will be God’s will that we shall yet meet again. Well I send you all my love + must now close.
Your affectionate husband,
Written by Walt Whitman