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July 25, 1863

Gen Hospt Broad & Cherry St.

Philadelphia Pa July 25th

Dear Brother

Your ever welcome communication was duly recd & I will leave you to imagine my feelings when I herd my name called by the Postmaster It is the first letter that I have recd since the 14th of June from any source I must have at least a doz at the regt which I am expecting at every mail. This is the first time for four or five day that I could think of attempting to write as my foot has felt as though there was an Old Hen with its chickens in my foot scratching & running & pulling the nerves it is a heap better today the Ball entered about 1 inches back of the two little toes & about 2 inches from the outside of the foot & passed I think between the bones or cords & came out at the point of the heal underneath my ancle is all right & the other toes also I am in good spirits & plenty of Money & good health never better good grub such as it is & plenty of it I asked the Dr last nite for Mecirh & Milk twice a day which he granted & asked if I could think of anything else that I wanted I told him No sir

There is a Delegation here from Winona sent by the citizens to take care of the wounded of our regt They will use every exertion to get what there is here transferred to our state then I will get a Furlough I should hate to be moved before the last of next week I suppose that I could drop off at Chicago unless we were ordered through to the Fort whare it would just suite me for a short time for I could see our Old Col there a get a furlough & the Shoulder Straps which I had every assurance of getting as soon as we should get in a permanent camp Though I think that my Soldiering is played out as our time will be out in the 29th of April there is Some pleasure in belonging to a Veteran regt like the gallant 1st & I would like to be with it in its last campaign & go home with it in the spring. There is 14 of our Regt here The Delegation expected to find us on the field & distribute of all the comforts of life if they had of come down a little sooner they would have found us so The wounded are all off the field now except the amputations and they are well provided for in Gettysburg by the SctCo

I am all played out Write soon Give my love to inquiring friends &

Oblige Your

Brother

Mat