5th Vermont Infantry
U.S. Army General Hospital
Camden Street, Baltimore, MD
August 3rd 1864
I have the honor to inform you that I (a private of Co E. 5th Regiment Vermont volunteers) was separated from my Regiment near Alexandria, VA on the 29th day of August 1862 on account of sickness and was ordered by Capt Charles Dudley Commanding Co E. 5th Vt. Vols, to Report in Person to our Regimental Surgeon. On arriving at the Surgeon Tent I found him with everything packed up and ready to leave as the Regiment(s) were then under marching orders, but I was told by him to stay there until further provisions were made for us. About 4 o=clock P.M. that day there was a surgeon came with a train of Ambulances and ordered all of us that were sick to get into the Ambulances and were taken to Alexandria and were placed on board the boat where we remained until the next morning when we were taken to Washington and from there to the U.S. Army Generals Hospital at Annapolis Md. On arriving at Annapolis we was admitted into Ward 3 Section 5, and for a part of the time was under the treatment of Doctor Miles.
A young man by the name of John B. Ingersoll was then nurse in ?Ward? 3. I remained under medical treatment in the U.S. General Hospital at Annapolis, MD from the 30th of August 1862 until the 15th of September 1862, and was transferred with a squad to the U.S. General Hospital at Annapolis Junction MD
Charles G. Sheldon
Private Co. E. 5th Reg. Vt. Vol
Original copy of above letter (warning, its fairly large)
Reverse of Charles Sheldon's id disk. See obverse and the story behind it in the Virtual Museum.
Letter, transcription and id disk courtesy of Rose Sheldon Newton. Photograph courtesy of David Welch, Everett, WA.