Portion cut from second page. HCP Collection

Baird writes home to his family concerning his health and well-being, recovering from a bout of fever. A portion of the letter is missing in the second paragraph below and visible in the photo to the right.


U.S. General Hospital
Annapolis, Dec. 8th 61

Dear Father, I received your letter of the 17th Nov. last week and was glad to hear that you were all well.

My health is so far recovered that I shall return to my regiment next week, (Today is Sunday) indeed I can say I am well again. You seem to think I have tried to hide from you the true state of my health. But as I told you in my last letter I was not so sick at any
time but what I could [tear in the paper]
walk all around my ro[om]

If I become dangerously ill I will immediately assure you of it. And when I become disabled by sickness or otherwise, I can get my discharge with out much trouble. I presume you are having considerable snow in Michigan by this time, while here the weather is beautifully warm, though we have had a few days of pretty cold weather, but no snow, and but very little frost. I should realy like to be home now to eat some of the buckwheat cakes. Can’t you send me one in your next letter, steaming hot, and all ready buttered. Buckwheat cakes are good in cold weather at least I should think so from the price they sell at here. Such as we make at home bring three cents a piece here, That is too much buckwheat for me. The reason why I have not written before, since my last letter is because I didn’t get my pay until last Friday, and I didn’t wish to write till I could send you some money. I shall send you by mail with this letter fifteen dollars in Treasury Notes. I wish I could send you more at this time, but it is only a little more than a month until my next payment and then I will try and send you a larger sum. I shall write to Mary this week and then I will send her the dollar I promised her.

I shall write to Sammy soon. I shall return to my regiment a week from tomorrow and if I find I can’t stand the fatigue of the camp I shall then apply for discharge and come home, I tell you the truth when I say I never was healthier than I have been the past summer till I was taken down with the fever. I hope you will not give yourself any trouble, nor worry any on my account. My trust is in God. I know nothing will befall me unless it is his will and his will is just and right.

No more at present, may Heavens best blessing abide with till we meet again.

Your Affectionate Son


Baird mentions his sister Mary in this letter. Mary was born in 1848 in Marion County, Ohio – Mt. Giliad. In the 1860 census she was 12 years old, living at home in Cedar Creek. After the death of both of her parents (mother 1863, father 1866), she disappears. As we continue to research the Baird documents, we hope to learn more about her and the life she led.


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