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I was going to write
you by this str.[eamer] but she has sailed
a day before time; I am sorry.
Your letters are very kind &
satisfactory. I am still at the
officer's Hospital where I live in a
very independent way & am very
comfortable. Nothing troubles me
but "General Debility," which
means that I came back too
soon in the summer & hv. never
really recovered from the injured
effect of wound. The cold
season approaching will set
me all right, by degrees, so
that I hv. no thought of going
It is likely my regiment
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In 1862, Thomas Wentworth Higginson was chosen to lead the First South Carolina Volunteers, the first regiment of former slaves organized by the Union Army. In July, 1863, Higginson received an injury which he described as "a knock on the side ... I don't know from what...but it doesn't amount to the dignity of a wound..." When he didn't recover quickly, Higginson took a month's furlough and went home to recuperate. He was quite eager to return to his regiment, however, and in this letter, refers to the fact that he came back too quickly and had not yet recovered. He goes on to talk of his regiment and of the Massachusetts 54th - a regiment composed of African Americans. The injury spoken of in this letter would eventually be the cause of Higginson's discharge from the army in October, 1864.
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Civil War letter from Thomas Wentworth Higginson to his brother Stephen
| author Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911)
| date Oct 19, 1863
| location South Carolina
| height 8.0"
| width 5.0"
| process/materials manuscript, paper, ink
| item type Personal Documents/Letter
| accession # #L10.017
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