Last pages of Kilpatrick's letter. HCP Collection.

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Camp Mich Feb the 12

Friend Matthew Baird

It is with pleasure that I take up my pen to adress you  A few lines to let you know how I get along  I am well and enjoying good health and wish that you were the same  I am very sory to here that you are still in so bad A situation in helth. Andrew Kilpatrick like yours self has ben sick all fall and winter he went home on A furlow for 30 days on the 30 of last month. I advised him not to come till he gets better. dear friend I would advise you to get A furlow or A discharge and as soone as you are able to stand the ride home to do so  I know that you do not want A discharge, for you used to tell us what your mind was in that respect. do not be offended at this advise which I have given you, you have done your duty faithfully as A soldier of the union and being deprived of good health you should at once get discharged that is as soone as practicable  there is now use of your throwing away your valuable life, but I feel that I am advising one that would like to be with us but let us remember that all is for the best  let us pute our trust in God and all will  be well with us. dear Brother it is still my determination to prove faithful to the greatest and best causes that we have to do while on earth. I hope you still Trust in that arm that is able to save you and dear Friend if we never mete here again on Earth let us while live here on Earth live so as to mete in Heaven. as it is about time for dres parade I will have to close Pray for Me and I will do the same by you and may God bless you and keepe you from all harm is the Prayer of A Friend              James Kilpatrick

To Matthew Baird

Ps dear sir you will excuse my bad scollaship Yours truly           Js Kilpatrick

James Kilpatrick was from Barry County and enlisted in Co. E of the 3rd Michigan at the same time as Baird. He was discharged for disability at Upton’s Hill, Virginia on September 30th, 1862. He  passed away in 1899 and was buried in Bliss Township, Emmet County, MI. To learn more about James and his younger brother Andrew, mentioned in the letter, click here.

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