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Letter sent To Isaac N. Brooks father by Joseph Sargent Chaplin of the 13th Regt. Vt. Vol. In the letter Sargent mentions 1st Lieutenant Lucius H. Bostwick and private Chas. MaCarty both of Jericho. All four die of disease by May of 1863.

From the History of the 13th Regiment Vermont Volunteers "At Camp Casey on East Capital Hill Ocurred the first death in our Regiment, Issac N. Brooks, Company F, a young boy of 18. His body was embalmed and sent home to Vermont by his company comrades. The sad news of his death spread quickly through camp and all were sad for we had become as one family and it is sadder to die of disease than in Battle."

Camp Casey, E. Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C. Oct. 15th

Mr. Brooks,

Dear Sir; It is now half past 9 o'clock Saturday evening,
I have just returned with friend ---------- from a visit
To your son, He is at the Hospital a mile from our
Camp. You have heard of his sickness. He has not been well
Since we came from Brattleboro. He was in one hospital
On the ground here -------- days had a high fever it was
Assumed the Typhoid from last -------- he was carried to
The Hospital where he now is; I have visited him every day since.
Lieutenant Bostwick, McCarty and others have often visited
Him. He has had good Medical attendanse and as good care as
It was possible for him to have here. But he has been very
Sick and his disease is now assuming a fatal appearanse. I
Fear he cannot live but a short time. Perhaps to morrow we
Shall have to announce to you that he gone forever from earth.


If it is to be so, I hope you and your family will be prepared
For it. It is a sad event to have a son, like him die at home
In the bosom of friends and I well know it must be far
Worse to have him die here away from home. But be assured
He has all that kind friends can do for him. The whole company
Feel a warm attachment to him. We have together endeared
Himself to all by his amiable disposition, all call him
A good boy and should he die sincere mourners here will
Follow him to the grave. But I know there will be sad
And mourning hearts at home, Father, Mother, brothers
And sisters, What tender ties, yet these ties must bleed.


God be with you. O that he might turn this great sorrow
From you. But let us pray he not my will but thy will O God
Be done. Since he was taken sick he has been very patient. For
The last week he has had his senses only a few minutes
At a time. He knew his comrades today who called on him.
But he is sinking now while his body sinks to rest,
May his soul rise to heaven.

God bless and comfort you from all,

Yours truly,
J. Sargent, Chaplain

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